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British Slang

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Most of us in the UK don't speak the Queen's English or I should say the King's English now, after getting a new king! Everyday English is usually informal and slang is very common. This post will cover some common British slang terms.

  • Deffo - definitely

Are you coming to my party this weekend?


  • Chuffed - very happy

I was really chuffed when I found out I'd passed my driving test!

  • Hiya - this is one of the most common greetings in the UK. It's a very informal way of saying hi / hello.

Hiya! How's it going?

  • Cheers / ta - thank you

Cheers for everything. I really appreciate it.

That's great, ta.

"Ta" is pronounced with a long vowel sound, so it sounds like "tar".

  • Grub / nosh - food

That new cafe down the road does some great nosh.

I'm starving! Let's get some grub.

  • Butty - sandwich

It's common to say chip butty or bacon butty, but in some parts of northern England, like Manchester, where I'm from, butty refers to any type of sandwich

Cheese butties are my favourite.

Are you hungry? Do you want me to make you a butty?

  • Fit - attractive / good looking

My new neighbour is well fit! I hope he's single.

"Well" can be used in informal English to mean "really".

  • Dodgy - suspicious / untrustworthy / dishonest

Don't go to that part of town. There are some dodgy looking people around!

  • Tea - dinner / evening meal

Of course, tea is well-known in the UK as a typical drink.

However, in northern England it's also common to refer to your evening

meal as "tea" and people say "dinner" for their lunchtime meal.

Mum, can we have pasta for tea?

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