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British Slang Insults with explications

Hi, I’m Camille Nguyen, an English teacher. (I’m from London, but now I’m living in France).

Here is some British Slang Insults with explications (compiled by myself).


Insulting British Slang (in Alphabetical Order)

British Slang with explications (2)
British Slang with explications (2)

A Biscuit Short of a Packet

Meaning: This British slang expression is used to refer to someone who is foolish, crazy or behaving strangely.

Example: “His ideas were a biscuit short of a packet, I don’t know how he was hired.”

 

A Face Like a Smacked Arse

Meaning: This phrase is used to describe someone who looks extremely unhappy, miserable or dissatisfied with something.



Example: “John always has a face like a smacked arse, I can’t stand being around him.”

 

A Few Beers Short of a Six Pack

Meaning: This expression is similar to “a few sandwiches short of a picnic” and is used to refer to someone who is not very intelligent, slow or dull.

Example: “Mark is a few beers short of a six pack, he doesn’t seem to understand the simplest things.”

 

Airy Fairy

Meaning: This term is used to describe someone who is physically weak or feeble.

Example: “Don’t rely on him, he’s an airy fairy and can’t lift heavy things.”

 

Arse/Arsehole

Meaning: A crude way to refer to someone as a jerk or an idiot. It is similar to the American slang “ass” or “asshole.”

Example: “Tom is such an arse, he never thinks about anyone else but himself.”

 

Arse-Kisser

Meaning: This term is similar to “brown noser” in American slang, and refers to someone who is willing to flatter or suck up to people in power for personal gain.

Example: “Jenny is a terrible arse-kisser, she’s always trying to gain favor with the boss.”

 

Arsemonger

Meaning: A derogatory term used to describe someone who is unworthy of respect or admiration for various reasons.

Example: “Mike is a complete arsemonger, he never listens to others and always does what he wants.”


B

Babe

Meaning: This term can be used affectionately, but also sarcastically to insult someone.

Example: “You’re such a babe, leaving your car keys inside the car.”

 

Beastly

Meaning: This adjective is used to describe something that is unpleasant, disgusting or awful.

Example: “That food tasted beastly, I couldn’t even finish it.”

 

Bellend

Meaning: This slang term can be used to refer to someone who is foolish or a complete idiot. It is also a vulgar slang term for the penis.

Example: “Dave is such a bellend, he can’t even drive properly.”

 

Berk

Meaning: Another slang term for an idiot or a fool.

Example: “Don’t be a berk, pay attention to what you’re doing.”

 

Billy No-Mates

Meaning: This term is used to describe someone who does not have any friends.

Example: “Look at Billy No-Mates over there, he’s always alone.”

 

Bloody

Meaning: This is a common slang term used to emphasize something or express annoyance.

Example: “Bloody hell, that was a close call!”

 

Bollocks

Meaning: This slang term refers to testicles, but is also used to describe something that is nonsense, rubbish or untrue.

Example: “That’s a load of bollocks, I don’t believe a word you’re saying.”

 

Bloody Useless Meaning: (Adjective): When you describe someone as “bloody useless,” you’re telling them that they’re completely incompetent. Example: “That guy is bloody useless. He can’t even make a cup of tea.”

 

Bugger Off Meaning: (Expression): A phrase you use to tell someone to leave you alone. Example: “Bugger off – I’m trying to work.”

 

Chancer Meaning: (Noun): Someone who takes advantage of situations or people in order to benefit themselves. It’s similar to calling someone a “con artist.” Example: “Don’t trust him, he’s a chancer.”

 

Codswallop Meaning: (Noun): Rubbish, nonsense, or something that is untrue. Example: “That’s a load of codswallop. There’s no way that could be true.”

 

Dodgy Meaning: (Adjective): Of questionable character. Someone or something that you can’t trust. Example: “That guy seems dodgy. I wouldn’t lend him any money.”

 

Gobshite Meaning: (Noun): Someone who talks a lot of nonsense or is generally annoying. Example: “I can’t stand that gobshite. He never shuts up.”

 

Muppet Meaning: (Noun): Someone who is foolish or incompetent. Example: “You’re such a muppet. How did you manage to lose your keys again?”

Pillock Meaning: (Noun): A foolish or stupid person. Example: “Stop being such a pillock and help me out here.”

 

Plonker Meaning: (Noun): A fool or idiot. Example: “He’s a bit of a plonker. He can never seem to get anything right.”

 

Wally Meaning: (Noun): A foolish or stupid person. Example: “I can’t believe I did that. I feel like such a wally.”

 

Off Your Rocker means that someone has gone insane or lost their mind. It’s similar to saying “lost your marbles.”

Example: “I think he’s off his rocker if he believes he can fly without a parachute.”

 

Pig Ugly is an adjective used to describe someone who is extremely ugly, like a pig.

Example: “That dress is pig ugly, why did you buy it?”

 

Pillock is a noun that means idiot or fool.

Example: “Don’t be a pillock, read the instructions before you start.”

 

Piss Off is an expression used to tell someone to go away or leave you alone. It’s like saying “bugger off.”

Example: “I’ve had enough of your nonsense, piss off.”

 

Plonker is a noun that means idiot or fool. It’s one of the many British slang words for idiot.

Example: “He’s such a plonker for not knowing how to use a can opener.”

 

Ponce is a noun used to describe someone who expects things for free. It’s similar to the word ligger.

Example: “Stop being a ponce and buy your own drinks.”

 

Posh is an adjective that can be used as an insult or a compliment. When used as an insult, it means that someone is uppity, conceited, or over-privileged.

Example: “She’s too posh to shop at the discount store.”

 

Poxy is a noun used to describe someone or something that is undesirable, junky, or low in quality.

Example: “I’m not staying at that poxy hotel again, the bed was like sleeping on rocks.”

 

Prat is a noun used to call someone a fool in a nice and efficient way.

Example: “Stop acting like a prat and get back to work.”

 

Pug-Ugly is an adjective used to describe someone who is as ugly as a pug.

Example: “She may be smart, but she’s pug-ugly.”

 

Quack is a noun used to describe someone who is a phony or who is deceiving other people.

Example: “That guy claiming to be a doctor is a quack, don’t listen to him.”

 

Rank is an adjective used to describe someone or something that smells awful.

Example: “Close the window, it smells rank in here.”

 

Rubbish is a noun used to describe someone or something that doesn’t make any sense.

Example: “What you’re saying is complete rubbish, it doesn’t even make sense.”

 

S*** fer Brains is an expression used to describe someone who is a total fool.

Example: “He’s such a s*** fer brains for thinking he could outrun the police.”

 

Scrubber is a noun used to describe a woman who is both promiscuous and classless.

Example: “Don’t go out with that scrubber, she’ll only cause trouble.”

 

Skiver is a noun used to describe someone who is lazy or worthless.

Example: “Stop being a skiver and help me with this project.”

 

Slag is a noun that is considered extremely offensive and used to describe a promiscuous woman.

Example: “I can’t believe he’s going out with that slag.”

 

Slapper is a noun used to describe a woman who is promiscuous, similar to scrubber.

Example: “She’s such a slapper, I wouldn’t trust her as far as I could throw her.”

 

Sod is a noun used to call someone an idiot in a gentler way, similar to saying numpty.

Example: “Don’t be a sod, it’s easy to use the microwave.”

 

Take the Mickey is an expression used to joke about something at someone’s expense.

Example: “Are you taking the mickey out of me or are you being serious?”



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