English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Slang and Idioms

English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English Slang and IdiomsI have a confession – sometimes I change the way I speak when I am in different environments.  Now, this isn’t such a terrible thing if the environment is my English Language classroom; it makes listening and understanding easier for elementary ESL students if I choose simpler words and speak slower than normal.  However, when I don’t want someone to understand me (maybe because I’m playing some sort of game), then I will say something like this:

Deez peeps ain’t followin’ nuttin’ I’s spittin’.

Roughly, I might translate this as:

These people do not understand anything I am saying.

English slang is something that varies from place to place – some English speakers might even find it impossible to understand one another with such huge differences in Conversational English.  In order to help you navigate these difficult waters, here is a list of some common slangs and idioms from American English:

Verbs English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English WordMeaning
(get a) kick out ofenjoy
barf, pukevomit
bashcrush, beat
blowspend, waste
break it upstop
callpredict
condeceive
cool downcalm down
crack openopen, start
cramstudy a lot
cruisego fast
ditchleave
eat(ing away)bother, erode
get into somethingbecome seriously interested in
get with ithurry up
go(ing) downhappen(ing)
hang upquit
have a big mouthtalk too much
hustlehurry up
keep one’s coolremain calm
knock upto make pregnant
mellow outcalm down, relax
pig outeat a lot
rulesdominates
run out of gaslose interest, momentum
screw aroundwaste time
spookscare
take a hikeleave

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Adjectives English Slang and Idioms – Part I

English WordMeaning
(he is) historygone, finished
awesomegreat
beattired
blown awaytotally amazed
bummedsad
coolgood
deadboring, quiet
diceyunsure, not definite
dirtyobscene
foxysexy
goofysilly
groovyfun, nice
grossdisgusting
grungydirty
hairydangerous
highintoxicated (drugs)
hotstolen
infashionable
laid-backcalm, relaxed
lamepathetic, inadequate
neatgood, interesting
no sweatno problem
nutscrazy
pooped (out)very tired
straight (answer)honest
stressedanxious
totaledwrecked
upawake
wiredalert

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Nouns English Slang and Idioms – Part I

(it was a) hitsuccessful
a riotvery funny
acevery good
actionexcitement
all-nighterwhen you stay up all night
ammoammunition
big stinkbig issue
boozealcohol
breakopportunity
buckmoney
chowfood
coppolice officer
damagecost
dorkstupid or boring person
doughmoney
fixdose of drugs (addict)
flashbackmemory
flickmovie
gigperformance, job
glitchdefect, error
gutstomach
gutscourage
hypeexcitement
I.D.identification (card)
meltdowntotal collapse
pain in the neckannoying
piece of cakeeasy
pit stopquick stop
proprofessional
psychocrazy person
shottry

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English Slang and Idioms – Part I