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110s – Expensive trainers that cost £110 or more.
2s me – share with me; give me half
411 – Gossip
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Ah nam – tell on, rat on, tattle on.
Alie– synonym for innit (I agree)
Allow bredding – to allow copying, to allow cheating
Allow it – stop it
Amp – Hyping, being too much
Arms – to be really strong
Baggamanz (or bag) – Lots, as in “a bag of people”
Bait – You are obvious, or simple. As in, “You’re bait blud”
Bangin – sick/good
Bare – a lot of, very.
Bars – a rap song, part of a song, as in “spit some bars” (to sing something)
Bayden – rich, financially stable, solvent.
Beast – an adjective to describe something that’s really cool.
Beef – a hostile disagreement that may result in violence.
Bennin – to be in a state of extreme laughter.
Chief – An unintelligent person; “look at dat chief man, finkin hes all bad.”
Chirps – chat up; talk to “we chirps some buff gals last night.”
Criss – good, sharp, new. almost onomatoepaeic as in ‘crisp’.
Chung – extremely good looking. If someone is described as “chung”, that’s better-looking than their “buff” friend.
Chirpsing – Flirting
Clappin‘ – out of date or worn out, usually to describe attire or accessories, as in “man, my tracksuit is clappin’. Gotta get down JJB Sport and buy a new one.” Also means tired out.
Cotch – to hang out, relax, chill out or sleep. Possibly derived, via patois, from the French “se coucher”, meaning to lie down. See also kotch.
Crepes – shoes or trainers: “check out deez heavy crepes.” assume its as you ‘wrap your feet’ in them.
Crump – A multi-purpose term which can be an insult, an exclamation and some other things as well. It generally means bad, but can also mean good, depending on the context: “that ain’t good man, it’s crump” or “that’s one crump message you left there”.
Crutterz– Mashed up, worn out “That car is crutterz”
Dash – To dash is to pass something to somebody – but it can be “pass” in the broadest possible sense, including to throw violently with the intention of causing hurt or damage.
Dred – dreadful, terrible, bad, cruel.
Drum – Home, humble abode.
Dry– dull, boring, unfunny. A bad joke might be described as “dry”.
Ends – Area, neighbourhood
Extra – Over the top, too much
Fam – Family, friends
Feds – police.
Flat roofin’ – to be overworked and stressed, as in “I was flat roofin for my GCSEs”. Probably comes from flat out.
From ends– one who is “from the streets” or from our area, so knows what’s going on.
Garms (Galms) – clothing.
Gas (or Raps) – extremely fast e.g dave is raps, he’s a gas man.
Ginuls/jinels – fixed up or conned by someone/something, or, used to describe something that is a con: ” dem phones 4 u deals are a jinels”. Also to “bump”.
Giving air – Ignoring someone
Grimy – Good, or may describe a practical joke or amusing act.
Gyaldem – Girls
Heads – People (i.e. Bare heads means lots of people)
Hoodies – Guys on the street
Hype – Too much. Hyping means acting in a way that’s over the top.
Hubz (or Hubby)- boyfriend
Hype – Over the top
Hench – Musclar
Hectic – Good
In-it (Innit) – Short for “isn’t it”, often put at the end of sentences for effect
Is-it – Really?
Inner – Describes someone who is too nosey
Jack – To take, as in “He jacked my food.”
Jakes – Police on foot
Jam – Relax
Jokes – funny or enjoyable, as in “that party was jokes”.
Kotch – sit and chill out. See also cotch.
Link – to meet someone, to hook up with them. Also link.
Lips – to kiss
Long – a task that involves more effort than the object is worth. To be complex, time consuming or arduous in nature
Lush – good-looking
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Mandem – A good friend, in a group of boys.
Manz – Refers to oneself
Mash – A firearm
Mash Man – A gunman
Mashing – Intercourse. Also mesh.
Marvin – Hungry
Merk – This word originally meant to kill someone, but now it means to insult someone.
Militant – Meaning stern, difficult or hard
Nang – Good
Next man – Someone who isn’t involved, a random person
Not bothered– Someone who is not interested in something, or in doing something
On top – when a situation is out of control.
Off the hook – cool, appealing, fresh, exceeding one’s expectations. A phrase much over-used by Maxwell in Big Brother to express appreciation for his surroundings.
Older – an older kid who has your back
Owned – to be made a fool of.
Peng – Good looking
Po-po – Police
Pow Pow(similar to Brap Brap) – Representing oneself well, bigging it up
Reh teh teh – Etc, etc
Rents – parents
Rinsed – overused, used up, all gone. “That song was rinsed, I don’t like it anymore.”
Roll with – hang out with
Rude boy(or rudeboi) – a badman, a person who is hardened by the street
Safe – cool, good, sweet. (Also Safa can be the coolest of the cool, superlative version of safe).
Seckle – Settle down
Shabby – cool, smart, “da bomb”. As in “that’s a well shabby suit.”
Shook – nervous
Shot – to sell
Sick – interesting, cool, never seen before. The more sick something is, the better.
Slipped – Went into the wrong area, where you don’t belong
Skeen – I see
Squalay – To leave
Standard – goes without saying; of course
Swag – extreme, scary
Switch– to turn on someone.
Taxed – Stealing
Teething – Stealing
Ticked – Borrowed
Tight – Cheap
Tingsing – To flirt or hit on
Tonk – Muscular or big people
Tourist – A clueless person
Treck – Something far away
Trident – Armed police
Tune – Music
Two twos – A couple, as in “Two twos are in the pen” (A couple of guys are in prison.)Tell over (or told over) – to rat on someone, to tattle.
Vexed – irritated, angry. An old word, it has gained new currency, as demonstrated by Science in Big Brother to express his annoyance with some triviality or other.
Wag-One (wah’gwan) – short for ‘what’s goin onn’, what’s happening
Wettin – Running
Watch – Be careful; dont mess with me.
Wicked – cool
Wifey – Girlfriend
Yard – house, garden, where one lives and hangs out.
Younger – Sibling, someone younger than you; someone you protect
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