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rabbit Verb. To talk, often unceasingly. Abb. rhyming slang, from Rabbit and Pork. E.g."Stop rabbitting and get on with your work." {Informal}
rack Noun. The female breasts, usually when impressively large. [Orig. U.S.]
rad Adj. Excellent, wonderful. Often an exclamation of approval. Possibly from radical.
radge Adj. Insane, crazy. Cf. 'radgie'. [Scottish/Cumbria/North-east use]
Noun An unscrupulous, devious person. See Begbie, a fictional character in the book, and film, Trainspotting, written by Irvine Welsh. [Scottish use]
radge pot Noun. An idiot, a crazy person. Also radgepot. [Scottish use]
radgie Adj. Crazy. Also radgey. [Scottish/Cumbria/North-east use]
radgie gadgie Noun. A crazy man. See 'gadge'.
radio rental(s) Adj. Mental, crazy, mad. Rhyming slang.
rag Verb. 1. To tease, annoy, torment. E.g."She's been ragging me about my stupid mistake all day."
2. Of vehicles or machinery, to push to the limits of use, to abuse. E.g."I got a speeding ticket yesterday when I was stopped for ragging my beaten up old Fiat at 120."
Noun. A newspaper.
rag head Noun. An arab, Sikh, or other race or religion that traditionally wears cloth headwear. Offens.
raging Adj. Great, immense, extreme. A general intensifier. E.g."I had a raging headache last night".
rag it Verb. Push to the limits. Usually applied to driving a vehicle. E.g."He always rags it when he's in a hire car."
rags Noun. Clothes. See 'rag trade'.
rag trade Noun. The garment industry.
rag week Noun. The period of menstruation, usually with negative connotations of moodyness.
rainbow kiss Noun. Cunnilingus when performed on a menstruating woman.
rain stair rods Vrb phrs. To rain very heavily.
ralph Verb. To vomit.
ram it! Exclam. An exclamation of dismissal. Often extended to ram it up your arse! or ram it up your ass! [Orig. U.S.]
rammed Adj. Very crowded, busy. E.g."It was an awful night, the club was so rammed we couldn't find space to dance."
rammy Adj. Vile, unsavoury, rotten.
ram-raid Noun. The use of a vehicle to smash into a property so as to steal the goods, usually a shop.
random Adj. Cool, excellent, great.
rank Adj. Disgusting, ugly. E.g."Have you seen Bill's new girlfriend? She's rank!"
rap Noun. 1. A dance music style originating from black street culture and having lyrics spoken to a complimentary beat and music.
2. The blame. E.g. "I'll not take the rap for everybody."
Verb. To talk in the manner associated with 'rap' music.
rapper Noun. Someone who 'raps' (verb).
rare Adj. Good, excellent. E.g."We had a rare time at the party last night. The best for a long time."
rare as hen's teeth Phrs. Very uncommon, non-existent.
rare as rocking horse shit Phrs. Very uncommon, non-existent.
rasclat Noun. A contemptible person. Meaning arse cloth. Also ras clat. [Orig W.I.. Mainly Black use]
raspberry Noun. A flatulent imitative sound made with the lips and tongue, either expressing derision or used humourously for its rude associated qualities. From the rhyming slang raspberry tart meaning 'fart'. {Informal}
raspberry (ripple) Noun. 1. A cripple. Rhyming slang. Derog.
2. A nipple. Rhyming slang.
rat-arsed Adj. Very drunk.
ratbag Noun. A contemptible or objectionable person, a devious schemer. [Orig. Aust./N.Z.]
rat-faced Adj. Meaning the same as 'rat-arsed'.
ratfink Noun. An objectionable person. Also rat fink. [Orig. U.S.]
rat on Verb. To inform on, betray.
ratshit Noun. Nonsense, rubbish. E.g."In my opinion it all went to ratshit when we sold our star player."
rats with furry tails Noun. Squirrels.
rats with wings Noun. Pigeons. From being considered vermin, like rats.
ratted Adj. Drunk.
rattle Noun. A bout of drug withdrawal symptoms. [Northern use?]
rattling Adj. Suffering from the physical effects of drug withdrawal. Also 'on the rattle'. [Northern use?]
ratty Adj. Irritable. {Informal}
rave Noun. 1. A large dance music party. The term originated in the 1950s and since the late 1980s in Britain has become synonymous with the 'house' and 'techno' dance scene. These raves are often illegal gatherings with much drug taking, especially 'ecstasy.'
2. The style of music epitomised by 'rave' (noun 1) which encompasses 'house', 'techno' and other hybrids of these genres.
Verb. To party in the manner by which 'raves' became known.
raving Adj. The act of going to a 'rave'.
raver Noun. A person who frequents 'raves' (noun 1) or parties in the manner of a 'rave' (verb).
ravey Adj. In the manner of a 'rave'.
razzle Noun. A good time, a pleasurable spree. An abbreviation of razzle-dazzle. Cf. 'on the razz'.
readies Noun. Money. Usually cash as opposed to cheques or credit cards.
recce Noun. Abb. form of reconnaissance. {Informal}
Verb. Abb. form of reconnoitre. {Informal}
redneck Noun. A bigoted narrow minded person. Originally an American term for a ruralised bigot.
Red Sea pedestrian Noun. A jew.
reefer Noun. A marijuana or cannabis cigarette. Dated and rarely used seriously.
reet Adj. Alright, correct, OK. Basically a mispronounciation of right.
Reg (Varney) Noun. Pakistani. Cockney rhyming slang. Reg Varney, actor and comedian, best known for his role as Stan Butler in the U.K. sitcom On The Buses between 1969-1973.
rellies Noun. Relatives. E.g."I'm afraid we can't come over this evening, Zoe's rellies are visiting."
rent-boy Noun. A male prostitute. {Informal}
result! Exclam. An exclamation expressing a successful outcome.
retard Noun. A contemptible person. A term usually used by adolescents.
riah Noun. Hair. Backslang originating from Polari, consequently heard mainly on the Gay scene.
rib Verb. To tease, make fun of. {Informal}
rice queen Noun. A gay male who prefers asian partners.
Richard Noun. 1. A lump of faecal matter. Richard the Third, rhyming slang on 'turd'. See 'turd'.
2. Third. A third class university degree qualification.
ricker Noun. The anus.
riddle Noun. An act of urination. A shortening of 'jimmy riddle', the rhyming slang for 'piddle'. Cf. 'widdle' and 'piddle'.
ride Noun. 1. An act of sexual intercourse.
2. A woman/man viewed as a sexual partner. E.g."He's a good ride, even when he's drunk." [Orig. Irish]
Verb. To have sex.
rifle range Noun. Loose change. Rhyming slang.
right Adj. Used as an intensive. E.g."I made a right mess of that." {Informal}
Adv. Very. E.g."I'm right glad to hear that you two are friends again." {Informal}
right Charlie Noun. An idiot. From the cockney rhyming slang Charlie Ronce meaning 'ponce'. E.g."You made me look a right Charlie when you told everyone about me getting so drunk last night."
(a) right one Noun. A foolish or eccentric person. {Informal}
rim Verb. To stimulate a persons anus with the tongue for sexual pleasure.
rim job Noun. The act of using one's tongue to stimulate a persons anus, for sexual pleasure.
ring Noun. The anus. Cf. 'ring-piece'.
ringer Noun. 1. A second hand car made to appear in much better quality than it is.
2. A person with high skills brought into a sports team for a game or competition.
ring-piece Noun. The anus. Cf. 'ring'.
ring-sting Noun. Soreness of the anus, due to diarrhoea.
ring-stinger Noun. A hot and spicy curry. One, that on digestion, may cause looseness of the bowels and diarrhoea. See 'ring'.
ringtum Noun. The anus.
rinse Verb. 1. To overdo, overplay. E.g."It may be a classic but that tune's been rinsed, play something new will you?" [Orig W.I./Black use]
2. As rinse it, to go for it, to enjoy, to party.
3. Of a D.J., to rinse or rinse out, may mean to play a good set. E.g."Magnus' set at the club was rinsed out last night" [Orig W.I./Black use]
* A term heard within the black originated music scene of the UK, such as 'jungle'; seems to have multiple but contradictory meanings and uses, many of which are not yet listed. (Apologies for the lack of clarity offered with this word and any definition errors; advice on use and meanings welcome Ed/Author)
rip-off Verb. To con, to swindle. {Informal}
Noun. 1. A contrick, a act of deception. {Informal}
2. An illicit copy. E.g."Dont buy any computer software from that market stall, it's all ripped off."
3. An unreasonably priced commodity or service. From the feeling that one if being deceived. E.g."Those Versace jeans are a rip-off. You should try buying clothes from the market."
ripped Adj. Drunk, intoxicated. Cf. 'ripped to the tits'. [Orig. U.S.]
ripped to the tits Adj. Very drunk. Cf. 'ripped'.
rip the piss Vrb phrs. 1. To ridicule, to tease, to make fun off. Cf. 'take the piss'
2. To take unfair advantage of, to exploit.
rispeck Verb./Exclam. To hold someone or something in high esteem. An alternative spelling of respect. Also respeck. [Orig W.I./UK Black]
rispeck due Phrs. An expression that gives due notification of respect upon someone or something. Also respeck/respect due. [Orig W.I./UK Black]
roach Noun. The filter of a cannabis/marijuana cigarette (a 'joint') made from waste cardboard; as opposed to in the U.S. where it refers plainly to a butt of a 'joint'.
Verb. To make a 'joint' filter. E.g."Own up, who's roached the cover of my new Iain Banks novel."
road apple Noun. Horse manure, when found on streets.
roaring Adj. A general intensifier, extremely, very. Often heard in the phrase roaring drunk.
roasting Noun. Sexual intercourse between at least two males and a female, although it could involve all males, in what may have traditionally being called an orgy. Probably an abb. of spit roasting. See spit roast
Robert's your mother's brother Phrs. Expressing that something is easily achieved. A witty variation on 'bob's your uncle'.
rock Noun. Freebased cocaine, 'crack'. From its physical appearence.
rocket science Noun. Something difficult to understand. Usually heard in the opposite context of "it's not rocket science", meaning something is simple and easily understood, or "you don't need to be a rocket scientist to understand". E.g."Come on, hurry up! Changing a car tyre isn't rocket science."
rocking horse * Noun. 1. Sauce as in ketchup, the condiment.
2. Sauce as in cheek, impudence.
* Rhyming slang on sauce.
rocking horse shit Noun. A thing that is very uncommon or non-existent. Usually heard in the expression 'rare as rocking horse shit'.
rock'n'roll Noun. Social security benefits, commonly called 'dole' in U.K.. Cockney rhyming slang, see 'dole'.
roger Verb. To have sexual intercourse. Male usage. [Mid 1600s]
rogering Noun. An act of sexual intercourse.
roister doister Noun. 1. A cheery and boisterous person.
2. An affectionate term of address. Popularized by the UK sitcom Blackadder.
roll-up Verb. To make a cigarette by hand.
Noun. A handrolled cigarette.
rollick Verb. To reprimand, chastise. Often heard pronounced as rollock.
rollicking Noun. A reprimand , a telling off. E.g."She gave him a good rollicking but he still carried on."
Adj./Adv. Extremely, used as an intensifier. E.g."We had a rollicking good time at the party."
rollie Noun. A handrolled cigarette.
ronk Noun. A bad smell. [Mainly Northern use]
Verb. To smell badly. E.g."Hold your nose when you go in the boy's bedroom, it ronks in there." [Mainly Northern use]
ronson Noun. The anus. Rhyming slang on ronson lighter, meaning 'shiter'. See 'shiter'.
root Verb. To have sexual intercourse.
ropey * Adj. 1. Suspicious, dubious. E.g."She seems like such a nice girl, but she has some really ropey looking boyfriends."
2. Of poor quality, mediocre. {Informal}
* Also ropy.
Rosie Lee Noun. Tea (the drink). Cockney rhyming slang. Also spelt Rosy Lee.
Rosie palm and her five sisters Noun. The hand when employed for masturbation. Usually preceded by dating or spending time with. Also Rosy Palm and her five sisters. E.g."I've been single for 6 months now, so have spent some time with Rosie palm and her five sisters." Cf. 'madam palm and her five sisters/daughters'.
rot Noun. Nonsense. E.g."Don't talk rot! What you've just said is total nonsense."
rouf Noun. The number four. Backslang. Often representing 4-1 odds in tic-tac betting slang.
rough Noun. A person for a bit of easy sex but below one's usual standard.
Adj. Unpleasant, unsavoury. {Informal}
rough as a badger's arse /bum Phrs. 1. Very coarse, bristly. Also, when applied to a person, uncouth and objectionable. [Late 1800s]
2. Unwell, sick. "
rough as robber's dog Phrs. Of a person, unpleasant, coarse, or ugly.
rough-it Verb. To live without all the usual pleasures and amenities.
Roundhead Noun. A circumcised penis and consequently a male with such. Cf. 'Cavalier'.
round the bend Phrs. Insane, crazy. {Informal}
round the houses Noun. Trousers. Rhyming slang.
round the twist Phrs. Insane, crazy. {Informal}
roving eyes Noun. When said of a person, having a propensity for viewing others sexually when in a stable sexual relationship. E.g."I don't know how she puts up with him, he's got roving eyes."
row Noun. 1. A noisy quarrel. {Informal}
2. A loud noise. {Informal}
Verb. To have a noisy quarrel. E.g."The neighbours have been rowing all night and I havent slept for the noise." {Informal}
rozzer Noun. A policeman/woman. [1900s]
rub-a-dub Noun. A public house. Rhyming slang, on pub.
rubber cheque Noun. A monetary cheque (check) that isn't honoured by the writer's bank, consequently bouncing back to the issuer.
rubbered Adj. Drunk, intoxicated. [Irish use?]
rubberneck Verb. To stare inquisitively, to gawp. Derived from the rarely used noun rubbernecker. {Informal} [Orig. U.S.. Late 1800s]
rub-off Verb. To sexually excite by manual stimulation of the genitals.
rub-up Verb. Meaning the same as 'rub-off'.
Ruby (Murray) Noun. Curry. Cockney rhyming slang. Ruby Murray, Belfast born singer, popular in 1950s. E.g."I'm starving! Let's go for a Ruby."
ruck Noun. The heaving energetic mass of dancing bodies synonymous with 'punk' and 'thrash metal' gigs.
1. To dance in the manner of a 'ruck' (noun).
2. A fight or quarrel. (Informal)
rude boy Noun. A young male, tough, style conscious and with plenty of attitude. [Orig. W.I.]
rude girl Noun. Female version of 'rude boy'.
ruddy Adj./Adv. An intensifier. Euphemism for 'bloody'. E.g."The ruddy car won't start again!"
ruddy-hell! Exclam. An exclamation of surprise or frustration.
ruddy-Nora! Exclam. An exclamation of anger or surprise. Cf. 'flaming-Nora!'
rude Adj./Adv. Sexual. See 'rude bits'.
rude bits Noun. A euphemism for the genitals. E.g."Getting a cricket ball in the rude bits is seriously painful."
rug Noun. A wig.
rug muncher Noun. A lesbian. Derog.
rug rat Noun. A young child. [Orig. U.S.]
ruined Adj. Drunk, intoxicated with alcohol.
...rules /rules OK Phrs. Accompanying a name, signifies that they are the best. E.g."Frankie rules OK"
rum Adj. Strange, odd, peculiar. E.g."That new kid's a bit rum, he's always talking to himself." {Informal}
rumble Verb. To discover, to find out. E.g."She rumbled me when she overheard my conversation on the phone."
rum go Noun. A surprising event. {Informal}
rumpy-pumpy Noun. Sexual intercourse. Jocular use.
run of the mill Phrs. Ordinary. E.g."That book you lent me was run of the mill but at least it kept me busy for the day."
runs Noun. To have diarrhoea.
runt Noun. A despicable person.
Rupert Noun. An officer in the armed forces. [Military use]
rush Noun. 1. A surge of pleasurable feelings from taking drugs.
2. The surging onset of the effects of a drug, occasionally including queasiness.
Verb. To feel a 'rush' (noun).
rust-bucket Noun. A dilapidated rusty old car, or vehicle.
rusty bullet hole Noun. The anus.
rusty sheriffs badge Noun. The anus.

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