74 + British Greeting Slang

Visit:1737   Updated: 2023/05/20

1.Biscuit – a British slang term used to describe any cookie or cookie-like snack in the UK.

2.Gobsmacked – a British slang phrase used to describe amazement, “I was gobsmacked, it was so good!”

3.Barney – this is a slang word used to describe an argument or disagreement with a friend or family member.

4.Gutted – is a British term you use to describe feeling devastated or upset. “I’m absolutely gutted”.

5.Numpty – a light-hearted British term referring to someone who does something stupid or says something that is incorrect.

6.Crisps – Coming in a variety of flavours, this is the British equivalent of a packet of potato chips.

7.Pear-shaped – this is a British slang term used to describe a situation that has not quite gone to plan. “Things have gone a bit pear-shaped!”

8.Bare – a British term commonly used to describe a lot of something. “There were bare people in the club last night”.

9.Easy peasy – is a commonly used term to describe something that was very easy to complete.

10.Have a butcher’s – this is a phrase that is used when you want someone to take a look at something closely.

11.Hyper – a British slang term used to describe someone, often children, or a pet that is very over-excited. “They were so hyper”.

12.Peckish – used to describe a feeling of being hungry or craving something that is not quite a full meal.

13.Jammy – a very common British slang term for someone who is always very lucky and fortunate, often more than should be normal.

14.Gormless – a negative term used to describe someone who is incredibly foolish or lacking in intelligence.

15.Alright – a very common and interchangeable word. Commonly used as a greeting and does not usually require a response. “Alright mate”.

16.Fit – while meaning something that is very healthy, fit can also mean someone who is very physically attractive.

17.First-class – a phrase used to describe something that was truly excellent and superior to anything else.

18.Backhander – a British term used to refer to the money used to describe bribing someone. “He was given a backhander”.

19.Bagsy – a British slang term commonly used by British children and teens to stake a claim on something. “Bagsy the front seat of the car”.

20.Give us a bell  – a common phrase used to describe wanting someone to telephone you. “Give us a bell when you finish work”.

21.Haggle – a common British slang term used to describe bartering someone down or negotiating a particular price. “I haggled them down from the asking price”.

22.The bee’s knees – a British slang term used to describe something that is better than anything else or is the pinnacle of their profession.

23.Nick – a British term used to steal something. “I’m going to nick that coat”. Being nicked refers to being caught by the police and arrested.

24.Having a strop – a British slang term typically used to describe someone who is having a public display of anger or frustration. Commonly used for young children.

25.Wally – a less common term nowadays, but a Wally is someone who is a little silly or has said something stupid.

26.Cheeky – a British term of endearment used when a friend or loved one is being a little rude or disrespectful but in a funny way.

27.Chips – this is the most commonly used term to describe French fries, as in Fish and Chips.

28.Moreish – this is a phrase used to describe something that is very tasty and addictive. “Oh, that cake was very moreish”.

29.Rubbish – multi-use term that can either describe your household waste or something that was very bad or below expectations.

30.Bonkers – a phrase used to describe a situation that is particularly surreal and unexpected. “That was bonkers!”

31.Hen Do – this is the bride’s equivalent of a Stag Night and is otherwise known as a bachelorette party.

32.Chuffed – this is used to describe feeling very pleased and proud of something either you did, or a close friend accomplished.

33.Bob’s your uncle – this is a term used to describe something that is a guaranteed success. “Do it that way, and Bob’s your uncle!”

34.Dodgy – used to describe something or someone that is suspicious or questionable. “That person looked dodgy, so I stayed away”.

35.Daft – a friendly term that is not offensive and used to describe something that is a little stupid or silly. “Don’t be daft!”

36.Blatant – refers to something that is very obvious. “It was blatant that they were cheating”.

37.Minted – is a British term typically used to describe someone who is wealthy and has a large amount of money, “They’re minted”.

38.Peanuts – a British term used to describe the cost of an item that is very cheap to what it normally is. “I got this jacket for peanuts”.

39.Faff – a British slang term used to describe someone who is being overly fussy or delaying something with unnecessary tasks. “Stop faffing around and get on with it”.

40.Not your cup of tea – classic term used to describe something that does not take your fancy or is not something that brings you enjoyment.

41.Put a sock in it – this is a fairly firm and rude way of telling someone to stop talking and to be quiet. “Oh put a sock in it will you!”

42.Snookered – a British term taken from the game of the same name, this term refers to a situation where there is no clear or obvious route of escape. “I’m snookered!”

43.Botch job – a British slang term used to describe something that has been repaired or completed in a quick time without any care or attention. “That was a bit of a botch job”.

44.Brolly – a word that every Brit knows! A brolly is a slang term for an umbrella, something that is needed very regularly in the UK.

45.On the pull – a British term used to describe going out for the evening with the sole intention of attracting someone of the opposite sex.

46.Bog – has two meanings, either a muddy marsh or a phrase used to describe the toilet. “I’m going to the bog, be back in a minute”.

47.Skive off – the British slang term used to describe avoiding the job or duties that you are meant to be completing. “I don’t fancy going to work today, I might skive off”.

48.Shambles – this is a term used to refer to something that is in disarray or in a mess. “That was a complete shambles”.

49.Flutter – a gambling term used to describe placing a bet or wager on something, often these bets are relatively low and have a small stake.

50.Full of beans – this is a term used to describe someone who is incredibly eager and full of energy to achieve something.

51.Sod’s Law – this is a common phrase for when something that can go wrong, does go wrong. “It is sod’s law my car won’t start on the one day I really need it”.

52.Taking the biscuit – an old English phrase used when someone is beginning to push their luck or push their boundaries. “You’re really taking the biscuit now”.

53.Builder’s tea – the British love their tea, and this is a term used to describe a tea that features a lot of milk and is typically quite weak.

54.Splash out – a common British term used to describe spending more money than you should have to treat yourself or a loved one. “Splash out and treat yourself, you only live once!”

55.Loo – a common term used to describe going to the toilet or bathroom, “I’m just going to the loo”.

56.Having a natter – a phrase commonly used to describe having a friendly chat or gossip with close friends and family.

57.Cuppa – a friendly way of describing a “cup of”. Often used when referring to a cup of tea. “You’re looking sad, do you want a cuppa?”

58.Legless – a friendly British term used to describe someone who is very drunk. “you were legless last night!”

59.Nowt – a phrase used in the north of the country that is typically used as a replacement for the term nothing. “There’s nowt wrong with that”.

60.Piece of cake – a British slang phrase commonly used to describe something that was very easy to complete. Similar use to the term Easy Peasy. “That was a piece of cake!”

61.Trolley – an interchangeable British term used to describe either a shopping cart or someone who is saying something silly, “You’re off your trolley if you think that’s correct!”

62.Off-licence – is a shop that is typically opened late into the night and serves essential groceries and alcohol.

63.Fluke – something that is very lucky or caused by complete chance. “Hitting the bullseye was such a fluke!”

64.Mate – this is an interchangeable word that is a commonly used term for a friend or as a greeting to a male you are unacquainted with. “Hello mate, how are you?”

65.Wicked – despite sounding like something evil, wicked is actually used when referring to something that you thought was amazing. “That was wicked!”

66.Banging – a common phrase that is used to describe something very good or of high quality.

67.Boozer – a common term used to describe a pub or drinking establishment that is not a bar or nightclub.

68.Footy – a colloquial term that is a shortened version of football (soccer). “Are you going to the footy?”

69.Butty – this is a phrase typically used in the south of the country and refers to a sandwich. “I’ll have a bacon butty please”.

70.Plastered – another popular phrase used to describe someone who was very intoxicated with alcohol. “I was plastered last night!”

71.Bloke – a term used to describe a typical adult male in the UK. Used in the same way American’s use the term dude.

72.Minging – a slightly derogative term used to describe something that is either disgusting or gross. “I’m not being funny, but that meal was minging!”

73.Take the mickey – a light-hearted way of mocking someone you love for something that they did or said. A slightly less pleasant way of saying this is “taking the piss”.

74.Hunky-dory – this is a term that refers to something that is going very well. “It’s all hunky-dory!”