A dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms

Online Slang Dictionaries and Language Links


British slang and dialect
General English slang and comparative English/American language
U.S. slang
Australian slang
New Zealand slang
South African slang
Foreign slang and languages
Drug related slang
'Black' slang and rap
Gay/lesbian slang
Crime and prison slang
Other specialist slang sites
Miscellaneous dictionaries and other language related resources
Other links
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British slang and language related sites:

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General English slang and comparative English-American language dictionaries:

  • The English/American dictionary - brought to you by Brit Mike Etherington who has himself lived in Texas for two years; the site has pages on people, motoring, around the house, food and drink and a general slang section. Also, now available for purchase, the book "The Best of British (The American's guide to speaking British)" by Mike Etherington.
  • The Septic's Companion formerly The English to American Dictionary - written by a Scot having spent time on the States, it presents the different use of English on both sides of the Atlantic; handy for the American visitor to Britain.
  • Roger's Profannisaurus - a humourous and very colourful collection of sexual slang and vulgarisms, collated and published by the Viz comic.
  • Alternative English Dictionary - one of many from the TAD (The Alternative Dictionaries) collection.
  • Urban Dictionary - "a slang dictionary with your definitions". A more entertaining than serious reference resource.

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US slang and language related sites:

  • Amerispeak - contains a selection of expressions associated with the US.
  • A Seattle Lexicon - for 'Lingo from the Far Corner' offering sections on geography, events, sports and coffee amongst others.
  • American Dialect Society - founded over a century ago and the only scholarly association dedicated to the study of the English language in North America.
  • Bay Area Hip Hop Dictionary - a good collection of slang from San Francisco, including Bay Area links.
  • Slang City - guide to American slang, including explanations of popular songs and movies, bad words, body parts and more.
  • A Historical Dictionary of American Slang - presents a unique way for studying slang. It contains over 2200 slang words with the centuries in which they were first printed.

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Australian slang:

  • The Aussie Pages - a light hearted dictionary of Australian slang and phrases, brought to you by Koala Net.
  • Australian Slang Vocabulary - learn everyday Australian words, phrases, sayings, and meanings with this Aussie slang guide.

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New Zealand sites:

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South African sites:

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Drug related slang:

  • Drug Related Slang - a straightforward listing, and a part of a large site on drugs, including history, many related documents, and use of drugs. Originally compiled in the U.S. by the 'Drugs & Crime Data Center & Clearinghouse.'
  • Slang Words for Drugs - basic listing of various slang terms for the drugs amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

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'Black' slang and rap:

  • Rasta Glossary - a great selection of Rastafarian language, presented by the Rasta Gear Shop.

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Gay/Lesbian slang sites:

Crime and Prison Slang:

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Other specialist slang sites:

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Miscellaneous dictionaries and other language related resources:

  • A Drill Dictionary | Tony Thorne - By their keywords shall thee know them? The latest in a long series of moral panics (the term used by sociologists since the 1970s) exploited by the UK press and now subject of rancorous political debate, the issue of knife-crime and killings by street gangs, mainly in London, is genuinely concerning and is only now receiving the attention and analysis it demands.
  • Tony Thorne Slang Research | King’s College London - Tony Thorne conducts slang and new language research and is a visiting consultant at King's College.
  • A Slang Thesaurus - slang, topic by topic.
  • World Wide Words - excellent articles on linguistics, topical words, weird words, turns of phrase, phonetics and much more. Maintained by Michael Quinion, World Wide Words offers a weekly newsletter via e-mail, including a question and answer section for subscribers.
  • maledicta Maledicta - The International Journal of Verbal Aggression - 'discusses language honestly and gets straight to the point'. Maintained and edited by the renowned Reinhold Aman.
  • The Word Wizard - a varied offering including quote of the day, insult of the day, word competitions, help with slang, questions and answers and all sorts of goodies.
  • Cunt: taboo, patriarchy and liberation - an indepth social history of the word 'cunt', including its development and many uses.
  • The Word Detective - an online version of the popular newspaper column presented by Evan Morris, for questions about words and language.
  • Onelook Dictionaries - search this excellent online database, composed of over 19 million words indexed from 1062 dictionaries, and slang being just a small part of this.

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  • A Way With Words - A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively hour-long public radio show about language examined through history, culture, and family.
  • YourDictionary.com - links to 1500 dictionaries in over 230 languages. Also offers a quick word lookup based on the Merriam Webster Collegiate(R) Dictionary.
  • Roget's Thesaurus - looking for synonyms?
  • Power Thesaurus - is an easy-to-follow, crowdsourced online thesaurus.
  • Wir Ain Leid - Our Own Language - a dictionary, articles on Scottish and the continuing debate on whether Scottish is a dialect or a language in its own right.
  • Common Errors in English
  • Affixes: the building blocks of English - listing 1,250 language elements with examples of all four types of affixes in English: the prefix, suffix, combining form, and infix.
  • The Basics of English Grammar - learn some basic rules of the English language.
  • Origins of financial terms - the origins and meanings of financial sayings and idioms.
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