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British Urban Dictionary

You wouldn’t want to look like a prize plonker now would you?


Don't look a right twat. Our guide below is the BEES KNEES and will have you chatting a local's ear off down the pub.


Ace - If something is ace it is awesome

Aggro - Short for aggravation, it's the sort of thing you might expect at a football match. In other words - trouble! There is sometimes aggro in the cities after the pubs shut!

All right? - This is used a lot around London and the south to mean, "Hello, how are you"? You would say it to a complete stranger or someone you knew. The normal response would be for them to say "All right"? back to you. It is said as a question. Sometimes it might get expanded to "all right mate"?

Arse - This is a word that doesn't seem to exist in Canada. It basically means the same as ass, but is much ruder. It is used in phrases like "pain in the arse" (a nuisance) or I "can't be arsed" (I can't be bothered) or you might hear something was "a half arsed attempt" meaning that it was not done properly.

Arse about face - This means you are doing something back to front.

Arse over tit - Another version of arse over elbow, but a bit more graphic!

Barmy - If someone tells you that you're barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy. For example you'd have to be barmy to visit England without trying black pudding!

Bees Knees - This is the polite version of the dog's bollocks. So if you are in polite company and want to say that something was fabulous, this phrase might come in handy.

Best of British - If someone says "The best of British to you" when you are visiting the UK, it simply means good luck. It is short for "best of British luck".

Blimey - Another exclamation of surprise. You’re likely to hear people say "Gawd Blimey" or "Gor Blimey" or even "Cor Blimey".

Bob's your uncle - This is a well used phrase. It is added to the end of sentences a bit like “and that's it!” For example if you are telling someone how to make that fabulous banoffee pie you just served them, you would tell them to boil the condensed milk for three hours, spread it onto a basic cheesecake base, slice bananas on top, add some whipped double cream, another layer of banana and Bob's your uncle!

Bobby – just another word for a Policeman

Bobby dazzler – usually used as a compliment to a person or an item “she’s a bobby dazzler” meaning she’s attractive and a good person

Bodge - To do a bodge job means to do it quick. Make it look good for the next day or two and if it falls down after that - hey well we only bodged it! Applies to building, DIY, programming and most other things.

Chin Wag - This is another word for a Chat. You can probably tell why!

Chuffed - You would be chuffed to bits if you were really pleased about something.

Clear off! - It basically means get lost.

Cock up - A cock up means you have made a mistake.

Codswallop – used when someone is talking rubbish or telling lies.

Dishy - If someone is a bit of a dish or a bit dishy it means they are attractive or good looking.

Dog's bollocks - You would say that something really fantastic was the dog's bollocks.

Dog's dinner - If you make a real mess of something it might be described as a real dog's dinner.

Donkey's years – used to describe a really long time, like “I haven’t seen you in donkey’s years”.

Faff - To faff is to dither or to fanny around. If we procrastinated when getting ready for bed, you’d be faffing around.

Fancy - If you fancy something then it means you desire it.

Fanny around – if you’re told that you’re fannying around it means your procrastinating.

Fit - A fit bird means a girl who is pretty good looking or tasty! A fit bloke would be the male equivalent.

Full of beans - This means to have loads of energy.

Hanky panky - Hanky panky - or "slap and tickle" as some older folks call it - would be making out.

Hunky-dory - excellent.

I'm easy - This expression means I don't care or it's all the same to me.

Jammy - If you are really lucky or flukey, you are also very jammy.

Knackered - Basically worn out, good for nothing, tired out, knackered.

Knees up - If you're having a knees up, you're going to a dance or party.

Luvvly-jubbly - Clearly another way of saying lovely. Made famous by the TV show Only Fools and Horses.

Mug - If someone is a bit of a mug, it means they are gullible.

Naff - If something is naff, it is basically uncool.

Nowt - This is Yorkshire for nothing.

Off your trolley - If someone tells you that you're off your trolley, it means you have gone raving bonkers, crazy, mad!

On your bike - A very polite way of telling someone to f*** off.

Pissed - This is a great one for misunderstanding. Most people go to the pub to get pissed. In fact the object of a stag night is to get as pissed as possible. Getting pissed means getting drunk. It does not mean getting angry. That would be getting pissed off!

Prat - Yet another mildly insulting name for someone.

Pukka - It means super or smashing,

Sixes and sevens - If something is all at sixes and sevens then it is in a mess.

Skew-whiff - This is what you would call crooked.

Smarmy - Another word for a smoothy, someone who has a way with the ladies for example. Usually coupled with "git" - as in "what a smarmy git". Not meant to be a nice expression, of course.

Snookered - If you are snookered it means you are up the famous creek without a paddle.

Ta – another way of saying thanks!

Taking the biscuit - If something really takes the biscuit, it means it out-does everything else and cannot be bettered, not always in a good way though.

Waffle - To waffle means to talk on and on about nothing.

Watcha - Simply means Hi.

Welly - If you "give it welly", it means you are trying harder or giving it the boot. An example would be when accelerating away from lights, you would give it welly to beat the guy in the mustang convertible in the lane next to you.

Don't forget to also check out Contiki's 5 THINGS YOU'VE JUST GOTTA DO: UK EDITION. Now you're an expert, why not put your new skillz to the test and get yourself over to Blighty!

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