Can You Translate These British Slang Words?

Kennita Leon

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About This Quiz

No matter where you are in the world, people will say things differently. For instance, to some, a soda is just that - a soda. But in other places it might be called a soft drink, or fizzy drink, or pop, or soda pop. In fact, the same thing is done right here in the United States. Depending on where a person grew up, a specific kind of sandwich might be a sub, while others call it a grinder, hero, po'boy or hoagie. Do you get the drift? Well, that's what this quiz is all about today. But we're not going to explore the entire world - this quiz is dedicated to Great Britain.

As cute as the accents may be, sometimes it's so hard to understand just what the bloody hell those blokes are going on about - pardon our French. And we want to see if you can. So, we're going to ask you what some British slang words mean. Will you be able to define the words "snog," "bagsy," "cuppa," "knackered" and "gutted"? 

If you're able to do that and more, you'll definitely be able to survive Great Britain. But can you? Can you define these British slang words? 

Which of these slang words means "tired"?

This British slang originates from the word "knacker," which is an old term used to refer to someone who slaughters old, tired horses. The slang "knackered" is used to express exhaustion.

What does "cuppa" mean?

This slang word was created by the fusion of the words "cup" and "of." As can be inferred from its origin, the term cuppa is used in place of "cup of tea." If you want something other than tea, you must specify something after the word "cuppa" - for instance, a cuppa coffee.

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "cigarette"?

Not to be confused with the American derogatory term for homosexual, the term "fag" in British culture means "cigarette." Also in British slang, it can mean "an unwelcome task."

Which of these slang words means "friend"?

The term "mate" is commonly used in English to refer to a life partner. However, in British slang, "mate" is often used to refer to a friend. It is also used when speaking to strangers informally.

What's the definition of "gutted"?

The word "gut," as defined by dictionaries, is a verb used to refer to the removal of the insides of an animal, and also a noun that refers to said animal insides. In British slang, the term "gutted" refers to the feeling of utter disappointment.

Which of these slang words means "in a bad mood"?

Also common in Australian and New Zealand dialects, the word "narky" is used in British slang as a synonym for "bad-tempered."

What does "chuffed" mean?

In place of the words "happy" and "joyful," British use the slang word "chuffed," which means "very pleased." If you're really really happy, you can be "chuffed to bits" or "chuffed to ribbons."

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "bothered"?

An impolite term, "arsed" is used to express the willingness of an individual to partake in activities. The word is often used in the negative, as in "can't be arsed," which means "can't be bothered."

Which of these slang words means "butt"?

The slang word "bum" is most commonly used to refer to one's bottom or buttocks. Its second meaning is being able to get something for free.

Which of these slang words denotes frustration?

When used by Brits, the word "bloody" should not be taken for its literal meaning. The word is used in British slang as a curse word which places stress on another word.

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "legend"?

The term "ledge" is quite simply a shortened form of the word "legend"; thus, it refers to just that. The word is commonly used in exaggeration.

What's the definition of "bants"?

"Bants" is simply a shortened form of the word "banter," which means to joke with others. Don't get caught with your bants down!

Which of these slang words means "brash or irreverent"?

The term "cheeky" has two meanings. The word is often used by Brits to mean rude and disrespectful. It is also used to refer to a wrongful act.

What's the definition of "bloke"?

Dating as far back as 1839, the term "bloke" is equivalent to the American "dude." It is a common word used to refer to a British man.

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "drunk"?

Not to be confused with its literal meaning of being physically impaired, "legless" in British slang means "drunk." The term describes the manner in which drunkards walk, as if legless.

What does "plastered" mean?

A term similar to "legless," "plastered" is used to refer to someone as being tipsy or having had too much to drink. If you're plastered, don't drive.

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "dibs"?

Known as "dibs" in American slang, the term "bagsy" is used to claim the right to items or activities, such as the last snack or the front seat of a car.

Which of these slang words means "annoyed"?

Like the term "cheesed off," the term "miffed" is used to refer to being in a state of annoyance or being irked. Are you miffed or chuffed?

Which of these slang words means a certain amount of money?

The "quid" is to Britain as the "buck" is to America. Money slang, a quid is one pound. The term is believed to be of Latin origin.

Which of these slang words means "delicious"?

The British term "scrummy" is merely a short form of the word "scrumptious." It is used to refer to food as just that - delicious.

What's the British definition of "chips"?

This British slang is most popular, thanks to the popular British dish of "fish n chips." The word "chips" here is known to mean "fries."

What does "snog" mean?

A term easily associated with something awful off the bat, "snogging" actually refers to kissing when used in British slang. It is similar to the American slang "making out."

Which of these slang words means "good-looking"?

The term "dishy" is used to refer to an individual's physical appearance. It means attractive or good-looking.

What's the definition of "starkers"?

An alternative and shortened form of the term "stark naked," the word "starkers" means "in the nude." No shirt, no shoes, no service!

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "toilet paper"?

The bathroom is often referred to as the "bog" by the British. As such, "bog roll" is a term used to refer to toilet paper.

What does "kip" mean?

The word "kip" is a British way of saying "bed." The word is also used as a verb meaning "to nap or sleep."

Which of these slang words means broke?

The word "skint" is used by Brits to refer to someone being broke and out of money. It is a slang variant of the word "skinned."

Which of these slang words means "stupid"?

Another insulting term, the word "wazzock" is British for "stupid." It can also mean "annoying." The term is believed to have been created during the 1990s.

What's the definition of "uni"?

The word "uni" - predictably - is short for "university." Are you at uni?

Which of these slang words means crammed?

Known as an old and nautical phrase, the term "chock-a-block" can be dated back to the early nineteenth century. The term means "crammed tightly or jammed."

What does "tosser" mean?

The word "tosser" can be used interchangeably with the word "wanker." They both serve as insults and are used to refer to someone as being stupid. They're both offensive terms.

What's the definition of "know your onions"?

The term "know your onions" is completely unrelated to scents or vegetables. Instead, the term is used when someone is knowledgeable.

Which of these slang words means "ditch"?

The word "skive" means to "ditch or evade responsibilities." It is most often used in the terms "skive off school" and "skive off work."

Which of these slang words means "utter nonsense"?

The term "codswallop" is used by the British to refer to something as being "complete nonsense." We hope you don't think this quiz is codswallop.

Which of these words is closest in meaning to "suspicious"?

An equivalent to the American slang "sus," the word "dodgy" is used in British slang to mean "suspicious or questionable."

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