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10 Popular English Slang Words and Expressions

‘Slang’ consists of words and expressions that are informal and are usually only used between people who know each other quite well. People use English slang words in everyday conversation.

However, places that we would not use slang would include perhaps, business meetings or job interviews. Outside of formal settings, Slang is commonly used.

So, let’s take a look at 10 popular English slang words and expressions.

1 - Cool

Cool girl English slang

Cool can be used in different ways. It can be used to describe someone that is nice, kind or fun. Another way in which it can be used is when we agree on something, or confirm something.

For example:

  • “What’s the new Science teacher at school like?”
  • “He is really cool; I like him”

Another example is:

  • “Let’s meet on Saturday morning at the cafe on baker street, is that OK?”
  • ‘Yes, that’s cool. See you then!”

2 - Hang out

Hang out with friends at the park

To hang out’ with someone means to spend time with them.

For example:

  • “What are you doing for your birthday?”
  • “I’m going to hang out with my friends at the park for the afternoon.”

Another example is:

  • “Where do you usually hang out?
  • “I like to go to the mall usually, but sometimes I go to the park.”

3 - Wrap up

People working on laptops

To wrap up’ an event means to finish it.

For example:

  • “OK, that’s all for our meeting today, do you have any questions?”
  • “No, we have no questions!”
  • “OK, then let’s wrap up! I’ll see you all tomorrow morning”

Another example is:

  • “How was the party last night?”
  • “It was awful! The band was really bad and the party wrapped up at only 8 p.m.!”

4 - Cheesy

Girl laughing English Slang

If someone or something ischeesy, it means that they/it are cheap, unpleasant or insincere.

For example:

  • Kevin hates going to the movies with his girlfriend because she always chooses cheesy movies about love and romance.

Another example is:

  • “On Christmas day, my Dad always wears a bright red sweater with a snowman on the front. It is so cheesy!”

5 - Loser

If you describe someone as a loser’, it isn’t because they have lost a game of some kind.  A person is called a loser if people have a low opinion of them because of their actions or behaviour.

For example:

  • “They go around town throwing water at people for no reason. They are a bunch of losers!”

Another example is:

  • “Everyone thinks he is a loser because he doesn’t speak to anyone and he has no friends, but I think he is just very shy. I think he could be a great friend.”

6 - Dead

Bar that is dead English Slang

If a place is dead, then it is extremely quiet; there may be nobody there.

For example:

  • “Did you go out for dinner last night?”
  • “Yes, but the restaurant was dead. I guess that was because it was Monday night.”

Another example:

  • “Let’s go to that new bar on the other side of town!”
  • “No, I don’t want to go there; I heard that it’s dead every night!”

7 - Ripped

English slang for a man being ripped

If you describe someone as ripped, it means that they have a lot of obvious muscle, especially on their abdomen.

For example:

  • “Wow, he looks amazing; did you see how ripped he was when he took off his t-shirt?!
  • “I know; he is dreamy!”

Another example:

  • “How is your fitness routine going?”
  • “I am getting fitter, but I want to become really ripped! That is my goal.”

8 - Have a crush

Guy with flowers behind his back

If you have a crush on‘ someone, it means that you like them more than friends.

For example:

  • “When I was a teenager, I had the biggest crush on my neighbour. He was so cute; every time I saw him my face turned red!”

Another example:

  • “He told me that he has a crush on me and that he would like to take me out for dinner sometime!”

9 - Rip-off

Money in someones hand

If someone rips you off’, then they cheat you by charging you too much money for something, or by selling you something that is broken or damaged.

For example:

  • “Did you go to that music concert last night?”
  • “Yes, but we were ripped-off! A bottle of water cost $10 there; it was crazy!”

Another example is:

  • “Woah, what happened to your phone?”
  • “I bought it online but I have been ripped-off! When it arrived, there was a big crack on the screen so I am going to send it back!”

10 - Get something

To get something’, means to understand something.

For example:

  • “Ok Harry, do you understand how to do the math problem?”
  • “No Teacher, I don’t get it. Can you help me please?”

Another example is:

  • “You need to clean your room and finish your homework before you can go anywhere!!”
  • “Yes, Yes OK Mom! I get it! Please leave me alone now!”

Did you know any of these English Slang Words?

These are very popular English slang words and expressions used by native speakers. Did you take a guess as to what their meaning was before you read on?

Would you be able to use them in your daily English? Take a look at these popular slang words and their meanings.

But remember, English slang words should be used in informal scenarios; so, go ahead and try using them with your friends or family!

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