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K Noun. 1. A thousand, a kilogram, a kilobyte.
2. Ketamine. An animal anaesthetic taken illicitly for its unusual semi-hallucinogenic qualities.
kabish? Verb. Understand? Also spelt kapeesh, capeesh. An anglicization of the Italian capisci? [Orig. U.S.]
kak * Noun. 1. Rubbish, nonsense.
2. Excrement.
* Cf. 'cack'.
kankles Noun. Fat ankles and calves that lack definition and appear to merge. A combination of the words calf and ankle. Usually spelt 'cankles'. [Early 2000s. Possibly orig. U.S.]
kark (it) Verb. To die. Also 'cark it'. [Orig. Aust. 1970s]
karzy Noun. A lavatory, toilet. The word lavatory is in itself, a euphemism for a place to wash. From the Italian for house, casa. Numerous alternative speilings include khazi, kharzie, karsey, karzey, and kazi.
kaylied Adj. Very drunk. Also spelt kalied.
kecks Noun. Trousers. Cf. 'kegs'.
keeker Noun. A black eye. Because with a black eye you can only keek, meaning peep. [Scottish use]
keen as mustard Phrs. Very enthusiastic, eager.
keep it zipped Vrb phrs. Don't talk, stay quiet. [Orig. U.S.]
keep one's pecker up Vrb phrs. To remain cheerful, to not let the situation get one down. {Informal}
keep tabs on Vrb phrs. To keep informed about.
keep your hair on! Exclam. Calm down! or remain calm! {Informal}
keg Verb. To pull down a person's trousers as a mischevious act. E.g."It was so funny; we kegged him on the high street in full view of all the Saturday shoppers."
kegging Noun. A mischevious act of pulling down a person's trousers in order to cause them embarrassment.
kegs Noun. 1. Trousers. Cf. 'kecks'.
2. Men's underwear.
Keith Cheggars Adj. Pregnant. Rhyming slang on 'preggars'. Cheggars, a nickname for Keith Chegwin, a British TV show presenter and personality. Also spelt Keith Cheggers and often abb. to cheggars.
ken Verb. To know. [Scottish use]
kerb crawler Noun. A person who drives slowly to view street prostitutes, with the intention of procuring their services. {Informal}
ker-ching! Exclam. The sound of a cash till ringing, expressed to signify monetary profit.
kerfuffle Noun. A commotion or fuss. Also occasionally spelt cafuffle, cufuffle and curfuffle. {Informal}
kermit Noun. The toilet. Rhyming slang, from Kermit the Frog, meaning 'bog'. See 'bog'.
ket Noun. Sweets, confectionary, candy. [North-east use]
kettle Noun. A watch or wrist watch. Possibly from rhyming slang kettle and hob, meaning fob. [Mainly London use]
kev Noun. A young person who typically wears branded sportswear, baseball caps, trainers or Rockport boots, etc. [Midlands/North use]
kev car Noun. A modified car, including such things as alloy wheels, spoilers, loud sound systems etc. See 'kev'.
kevved up Adj. Typically with reference to a car, mechanically and performance enhanced, restyled to look extra sporty.
kewl *

Adj. 1. Excellent, wonderful.
2. OK.
* An alternative spelling of 'cool' that's becoming more evident on the WWW.

khyber (pass) Noun. Buttocks, anus. Cockney rhyming slang on 'arse'.
kibosh Noun. To end, to terminate, to finish off. E.g."We were kiboshed as soon as we set off." See 'put the kibosh on'.
kick (something) Verb. To give up (something), usually referring to the giving up of addictive drugs.
kick in Verb. To begin. E.g."The drugs kicked in just as I was talking to my boss. I made a quick exit."
kickin' Adj. Full of life and energy. E.g. " The club was kickin last night."
kick in the arse/ass/balls/bollocks Noun. Bad luck, an unfortunate setback. E.g."He had his passport and money stolen when he was at the market, which was a kick in the bollocks, especially as I had to then pay for everything for the rest of the holiday."
kick it Verb. To die. A shortening of kick the bucket.
kick off Verb. 1. To start trouble. E.g. "If we don't keep the noise down he's going to kick-off again and call the police."
2. To begin. E.g."The meeting kicked off with a welcoming speech by the Managing Director." {Informal}
kick seven bells out of (someone) Vrb phrs. To thoroughly beat up (someone). Also, less commonly, kick seven bells of shit out of someone. Cf. 'kick ten bells out of'.
kick seven shades of shit out of (someone) Vrb phrs. To thoroughly beat up (someone). Cf. 'beat seven shades of shit out of (someone)'
kick some arse/ass Vrb phrs. 1. To beat up someone.
2. To put all one's effort into winning. E.g."OK lads, let's get out on the pitch and kick some ass."
kick someone/something into touch Vrb phrs. To reject, discard or finish with someone/something. From the game of Rugby, whereby a ball kicked into touch is out of play. E.g."I'm going to kick it into touch after today, and start again tomorrow morning."
kick ten bells out of (someone) Vrb phrs. To severely beat up (someone). Cf. 'kick seven bells out of'.
kick the bucket Verb. To die. E.g."My grandmother kicked the bucket the day after winning the top prize on the bingo."
kick the stuffing out of (someone) Vrb phrs. 1. To severely beat up (someone). E.g."Next time I see him I'm gonna kick the stuffing out of him."
2. To trounce (someone), to defeat decisively. E.g."We kicked the stuffing out of them in the earlier rounds of the competition, but lost to them in the final, by just 1 goal."
kick up the arse/backside Vrb phrs. An encouragement to someone to stop being lazy or slow. E.g."If Annie wants to pass her exams then she needs a good kick up the arse."
kidder Noun. A term of address, generally affectionate use, towards someone younger. [Mainly Liverpool use]
kiddie fiddler Noun. A paedophile. Derog.
kiddo Noun. A form of address, for a younger person than oneself. Often used affectionately.
kidology Noun. The persistent and intentional deception and teasing of someone for pleasure. {Informal}
kike Noun. A Jew. Derog/Offens.
Kinnell! Exclam. Exclamation of anger or surprise. A contraction of 'fucking hell'.
kip Noun. 1. Sleep.
2. The face. A shortening of 'kipper'. [Liverpool/North-west use.]
Verb. To sleep.
kipper Noun. The face. E.g."Did you see the miserable kipper on that idiot stood at the back?" [Liverpool/North-west use.]
kipper feet Noun. Feet that point outwards.
kipper's dick Noun. See 'not give a kipper's dick'.
kiss arse/ass Vrb phrs. To act obsequiously.
kisser Noun. Mouth. Origins in boxing.
kit Noun. Clothes. See 'get one's kit off'.
kit and caboodle Noun. See 'whole kit and caboodle'.
kitchen (sink) Noun. A chinese person. From rhyming slang on 'chink'. See 'chink'. Offens.
kite Verb. To fraudulently use dud or stolen cheques. E.g."I got some fantastic sportswear this morning, kiting in the precinct."
Noun. A person who passes dud or stolen cheques.
kit kat shuffle Noun. Female masturbation.
klempt Adj. Hungry. Also 'clemmed'. [Wigan use. Dialect]
klepto Noun. Abb. of kleptomaniac. Derog.
klingon Noun. Faecal remnants that have adhered to anal hairs. Unusual and less common spelling of 'clingon', possibly inspired by the Klingons from the Star Trek TV/film series.
knacked Adj. Means the same as 'knackered'.
knacker Verb. To wear out, to exhaust, to ruin. E.g."Keep hitting it with that hammer and you'll knacker it." [1800s]
knackered Adj. 1. Tired, worn out, exhausted. E.g."I missed my bus, I've just walked home, I'm knackered, so I'm going to bed. OK?"
2. Broken. E.g."Can we come around to watch TV at yours tonight, our is knackered."
3. Thwarted, prevented from succeeding at a task. E.g."We were knackered after our goalkeeper left, mid season. The replacement let in an average of 6 goals each match and we got relegated to a lower division."
* Also occasionally spelt nackered.
knackering Adj. Tiring, exhausting. E.g."Climbing to the top of the Mount Everest was the most knackering thing I have ever done."
knackers (!) Noun. The testicles.
Exclam. An exclamation of disagreement or annoyance.
kneecap Verb. To cripple someone by shooting or hitting their kneecaps as a means of punishment.
knee high to a grasshopper Phrs. Of a person, short in height.
knees-up Noun. A lively party. {Informal}. E.g."There's going to be a knees-up at Jenny's tonight, it's her birthday."
knee trembler Noun. Sexual intercourse whilst standing. Usually hurried sex in an attempt to grab the moment.
knicker Noun. One pound sterling. Cf. 'nicker'. E.g."The yacht cost us half a million knicker just as a deposit."
knickers! Exclam. A exclamation of defiance or anger. From the mainly British term for female underwear, panties.
knob Noun. 1. The penis.
2. An idiot, an objectionable person.
Verb. To have sex (with). E.g."I knobbed her when we were younger, years before she was famous."
Also spelt 'nob'.
knobber Noun. A contemptible person, an idiot. Also nobber.
knobbing Noun. Sexual intercourse. Also 'nobbing'.
knob cheese (!) *

Noun. Smegma. Cf. 'cheese'.
Exclam. An exclamation of annoyance.
* Also spelt nob cheese.

knob-end Noun. 1. The head of a penis.
2. A contemptible person.
3. The very end of something. E.g."Ok, I'll eat the knob-end of the bread, the crusty bits are my favourite."
knob-head Noun. An idiot, a contemptible person. Also nobhead.
knob jockey * Noun. 1. A homosexual male. Derog. Cf. 'sausage jockey'
2. General term of abuse.
* Also 'nob jockey'
knob off! Exclam. Go away! An exclamation of anger.
knob-rot Noun. 1. A sexually transmitted disease, specifically one affecting males. Cf. 'galloping knob-rot'.
2. Nonsense. E.g."You've been talking utter knob-rot for the last 2 hours. This is what actually happened."
knob-shiner Noun. A contemptible person.
knocked up Adj. 1. Tired, exhausted.
2. Pregnant.
knockers Noun. Breasts. Possibly named due to the nature of their movements during activity.
knock for six Vrb phrs. To deal a severe blow, to vanquish, to affect someone severely. Cf. 'hit for six'. {Informal}
knocking on (a bit) Phrs. Aged, old, often implying passed its best.
knocking shop Noun. A brothel.
knock it off (!) Vrb phrs. Stop it. E.g."If you don't knock it off now I'll phone your father and he'll come and take you home."
Stop it!
knock-off Verb. 1. To have sex with (someone). E.g."She's just not my type, but I'd definitely knock off her sister."
2. To steal.
3. To stop work. E.g."We knocking off for lunch in 10 minutes, so finish what you're doing."
Noun. 1. Fake, counterfeit.
2. Stolen goods. E.g."I'm not having that DVD player in my house, it's knock-off and my father's a policeman."
knock one out

Verb. Usually of males, to masturbate. E.g."He knocked one out whilst watching old episodes of Baywatch."

knock out Verb. To produce, supply or sell. E.g."He's been knocking out cheap sportswear on Stockport market."
knock seven shades of shit out of (someone) Vrb phrs. To thoroughly beat up (someone). Cf. 'kick seven shades of shit out of (someone)'.
knock (someone) back Verb. To reject someone or their suggestions. E.g."I asked her for a dance, but she knocked me back and went off with my best friend."
knock (something) on the head (!) Vrb phrs. To stop doing (something). E.g."All his shouting is really annoying me. If he doesn't knock it on the head soon, I'm going to thump him."
knock ten bells out of (someone) Vrb phrs. To severely beat up (someone). Cf. 'kick ten bells out of (someone)'
knock the spots off Vrb phrs. To outdo. {Informal}
knock up Verb. 1. To make pregnant. E.g." I knocked her up and now her father wants me to marry her."
2. To awaken.
know one's onions Vrb phrs. Knowledgeable and competent in one's task. E.g."I'll say one thing for Craig, he knows his onions when it comes to repairing car engines."
knuckle sandwich Noun. A punch in the mouth. An aging term that is still used in a light-hearted way.
knuckle shuffle Noun. An act of masturbation.
Verb. To masturbate.
knuckle shuffler Noun. A person who masturbates.
kooky Adj. Crazy, eccentric.
kool Verb. To look (at). Backslang.
Kopite Noun. A supporter of Liverpool football club. From The Kop, a stand/area at the Liverpool ground.
kosher Adj. Correct, legitimate. [Yiddish] {Informal}
kotch Verb. To relax. Also spelt 'cotch'. E.g."We've been kotching and listening to the tunes." [Mainly London use/ Orig W.I.]
Kraut Noun. A German. A shortening of sauerkraut. Offens.
kushty Adj. Excellent, fine, OK. Also spelt cushty and kushti. A once predominantly working class term with origins either in the Middle East and/or Romany.

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