Looking to learn some british slang? Here's the british slang you need to know


British slang can be quite difficult to get used to, even after years of living in the UK. One way or another you’ll hear some of these words popping up in conversation with some of your British friends, or just when you’re out and about. You’ll think to yourself, “just what on earth does that mean?”. So, you’ll scramble to your phone on Google and search “What does shattered mean?”.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular British slang words that we’re sure you’re likely to come across.


This aforementioned slang word simply means that you’re tired but to a greater extent. The kind of tired where you’re ready to call it a day and go to bed.


Similarly to shattered, knackered means you’re tired. Although it can mean that you’re so tired you could go to bed, it’s regularly used to mean that you’re physically exhausted. After a hard day’s work, a tough gym session or a day out playing tennis. You might say that you’re knackered.


Simply means you can’t be bothered. After getting home from playing tennis all day, you probably can’t be arsed to do anything else with the rest of your day. It can also mean that you lack the motivation to do something. Such as when a friend suggests an idea, you’ll say you can’t be arsed to do that.


A very common one and used almost everywhere in the UK. You’re likely to hear this at least a dozen times a day. When your British friend says to you ‘alright?’, they’re just asking ‘How’s it going?’. But funnily enough British people use this word when they walk past someone they know, without actually stopping to chat to them.


This is used when someone is devastated. However, British people have a varying sense of devastation. Although gutted can be used when something has truly devastating has happened to them. Don’t be surprised to hear your British friend saying they’re gutted that they’ve ran out of milk when they’ve already poured their cereal.




Generally used when it’s a bit cold or chilly. “It’s a bit nippy, isn’t it?” is something you’re likely going to hear a few times during the winter.


Quite a versatile phrase and can mean a few things. Mainly a phrase used in exclamation. Such as feeling shocked or surprised. But can also be used to express annoyance or being generally confused, such as “Bloody hell, how did that get here?”.


These are some of the most popular British Slang words you need to know


You’ll hear some of these slang words so much that they’ll become a part of your everyday life. You might eventually adopt some of these words in your vocabulary.

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