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110s - Expensive trainers that cost £110 or more.
2s me – share with me; give me half
411 – Gossip
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Clappin‘ – out of date or worn out, usually to describe attire or accessories, as in “man, my tracksuit is clappin’.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
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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