The Slang/Not Slang Dictionary
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Aiight: Slang, adv. (1)safe or unharmed. (2)yes or very well 3)satisfactory 4)without fail Derived from â€œall rightâ€, Aiight carries many of the same meanings. Also can mean mediocre. Often used in exclamatory fashion to show agreement. Primarily used in the Northeast (NY, NJ, CT, etc), United States
Backpacker: Slang, n. (1)to have sex with. Standard, n. (1)initially meant to describe rebellious adolescents, usually white, who flock to hip hop’s most underground, socially relevant, and/or politically conscious music. (2)hip hop fans who only like underexposed non-commercial artist.
Bananas: Slang, v. (1)crazy, often in a positive and/or amazing sense. Standard, n. (1)Any of several treelike Asian herbs of the genus Musa, especially M. acuminata, having a terminal crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits. (2)The elongated, edible fruit of these plants, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and white, aromatic, seedless pulp.
Bone: Slang, v. (1)to have sex with. Standard, n. (1)Any of numerous anatomically distinct structures making up the skeleton of a vertebrate animal. There are more than 200 different bones in the human body.
Brains: Slang, v, n. (1)oral sex or the act of performing oral sex (on a male). Standard, n. (1)The portion of the vertebrate central nervous system that is enclosed within the cranium, continuous with the spinal cord, and composed of gray matter and white matter. It is the primary center for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs. It is also the seat of consciousness, thought, memory, and emotion. (2)intellectual ability; mind; intelligence.
Bustdown: Slang, n. (1)a female known for being extremely promiscuous (sleeping around) primarily used in the Midwest (IL), United States.
This is a relatively new one, and I have heard it too many times. Simply put, people use this word to refer to a female who has been…bust down…over and over and over again. What people would call a slut, a ho, or a rat.
Butta: Slang, adj. (1)pleasant to look at, usually used in reference to cars, clothes, and attractive people of the opposite sex. Derived from â€œButterâ€. Primarily used in the Northeast (NY, NJ, CT, etc), United States
Cake: Slang, n, v. (1)money and or financial assets. Standard, n. (1)A usually sweet, baked food made of flour, liquid, eggs, and other ingredients, such as raising agents and flavorings. (2)A layer or deposit of compacted matter: a cake of grime in the oven.
Chickenhead: Slang, n.(1)a female of low class and/or moral stature (2)a foul disreputable woman usually lacking goals and direction. Chickenhead has origins in the Northeast, United States but has gained national understanding.
Chronic: Slang, n. (1)a type of marijuana usually smoked in the Western and Southwestern, United States. Standard, adj. (1)continuing over a long time or recurring frequently, as a disease. (2)habitual or of long standing. Chronically., adv Chronicity., n
Cold: Slang, adj. (1)of high quality. (2)pleasing to look at. Standard, adj. (1)having or giving off a cool sensation. (2)being of a low temperature. Primarily used in the Midwestern, United States (IL, MI, WI).
COINTELPRO: Standard, n. (1)Domestic counterintelligence programs utilized by the FBI to surveil, infiltrate, and sabotage various non-governmental groups within the United States. This term is used especially in reference to the counterintelligence programs undertaken by the FBI during the 1940-50′s against ‘Socialist/Communist’ social movements, as well as African-American and Native-American civil rights movements during the 1960-70′s.
Co-sign: Slang, v. (1)the act of adding to or supporting the words and/or actions of another individual, often without solicitation by the individual being co-signed for. Usually has negative connotations. Co-signer.,n
Cut: Slang, n. (1)to have sexual intercourse with. Originated in GA; primarily used in the Southeast, United States. (2)a song on an album. Standard, v. (1)to penetrate with a sharp edged instrument. (2)to hurt the feelings of. (3)to hew or fell. (4)to intersect or cross. (5)to abridge or shorten. (6)to reduce or curtail. (7)to mix (a pack of cards).
Fifty-four Elevens(54.11s): Slang, n. (1)Reebok sneakers often worn by adolescent females and/or Chickenheads. Derived from the price of the sneaker which formerly was $49.99 plus New York City City Sales Tax which totaled up to $54.11. Originated in NY, primarily used in Northeast United States Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT, etc).
Fo’Sho/Fo’Shizzle: Slang, (1)Derived from “For Sure”, definite. Fo’Sho is primarily used in the Midwest, United States. Fo’Shizzle is primarily used in the Western, United States. Both have gained national acceptance.
Front: Slang, n. (1)to lie and/or exaggerate. (2)to intentionally mislead especially when concerning accomplishments. Frontin.,v. Standard, n. (1)the foremost part of surface of anything. (2)the part that seems to be directed forward. (3)a place or position directly before anything. (4)the place where combat operations are carried on. (5)Informal, someone or something that serves as a cover or disguise for another activity.
Herb: Slang, n, v (1) an individual easy to disrespect, take advantage of, and/or violate, usually do to cowardice or the desire to avoid conflict. Primarily used in Northeastern, United States. (2)marijuana. Standard, n. (1)A plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. (2) Any of various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning
Hot: Slang, n. (1)of high quality. (2)pleasing to look at. Standard, adj. (1)having or giving off great heat. (2)being of a high temperature. (3)causing a burning sensation. (4)spicy in flavor. (5)marked by intensity. (6)currently popular (informal). (7)performing with great skill or unusually fortunate (informal). (8)angry (informal).
L-7: Slang, adj (1)an individual who conforms to all the rules set forth by the dominant culture even when they are in opposition to seemingly more sensible and reasonable alternatives. (2)geometrical reference to square based on the informal meaning of the term square.
Mark: Slang, n. (1) an individual easy to disrespect and or violate, usually do to cowardice or the desire to avoid conflict. (2) a person prone or soon to be the victim of a crime, especially a crime involving robbery and/or violence. Standard, n, v. (1)something appearing distinctly on a surface, as a dot. (2)a sign used in measuring, writing, etc. (3)an object of derision or scorn.
Naw’mean/Nah’mean: Slang, (1)understand what I’m saying. Derived from â€œKnow what I mean or know what I’m sayingâ€. Often used at the end of a sentence to add emphasis. Primarily used in the Northeast, United States.
No-Homo: Slang, (1)punctuation-like phrase, that follows a statement or sentence which could have ambiguous social meaning due to the influx of homo-thugs and bisexual behavior. (2)not to be interpreted in a homosexual way. Originated in New York City but is rapidly gaining recognition throughout the Eastern, United States.
Paper: Slang, n, v. (1)money and or financial assets. Standard, n. (1)A material made of cellulose pulp, derived mainly from wood, rags, and certain grasses, processed into flexible sheets or rolls by deposit from an aqueous suspension, and used chiefly for writing, printing, drawing, wrapping, and covering walls.
Pie: Slang, n (1)an undisclosed quantity of material, usually used in reference to illicit drugs and or money. Standard, n. (1)a baked food composed of a pastry shell filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and usually covered with a pastry crust. (2)a whole that can be shared.
Please-Believe-It/Me: Slang, (1)exclamatory term often used at the end of a sentence to add emphasis on the truth expressed by the preceding sentence. Primarily used in the Western, United States (Cali).
Politic: Slang, v (1)to speak or converse with. Standard, adj. (1)Using or marked by prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; artful. (2)Using, displaying, or proceeding from policy; judicious: a politic decision. (3) Crafty; cunning.
Save: Slang, v. (1)to rescue a person from danger or harm due to manipulation by the person being rescued (2)to be excessively nice to a person due to romantic interest, especially females. Savin’ ., v. Standard, adj. (1)to rescue from danger. (2)to deliver from sin. (3)to pressure or safeguard. (4)to prevent waste. (5)to set aside for future use; store. (6) to copy a file from main memory to a storage medium (computer science).
Scrub: Slang, n. (1)a man lacking possessions that would be considered attractive by many people, especially women, such as a nice car, personal living space, and/or money (2)a man lacking goals and/or motivation. Standard, n. (1)to rub hard, as with a brush in washing. (2)to remove by hard rubbing (3)a domestic animal of inferior breeding. (4)a small or insignificant person. (5)Sports, a person not belonging to the regular team.
Shine: Slang, n. (1)to front on. (2)to show off, often with material possessions such as jewelry and cars. Standard, v. Standard, v. (1)to emit light; glint or glisten. (2)to distinguish oneself. (3)to make glossy or bright by polishing. (4)to like spontaneously (informal).
Shook: Slang, n, v. (1)to be scared or frightened. (2)to scare or frighten. Standard, v. (1)To cause to move to and fro with jerky movements. (2)To cause to quiver, tremble, vibrate, or rock. (3)To cause to lose stability or waver: a crisis that shook my deepest beliefs. (4)To remove or dislodge by jerky movements: shook the dust from the cushions.
Stunt: Slang, v. (1)to brag or show off, particularly to show off material possessions such as jewelry and automobiles. Stuntin., v. Standard, n. (1)to check the growth or development of. (2)a feat displaying unusual strength, skill, or daring. (3)Something done to attract attention or publicity.
Tight: Slang, n. (1)personally close; intimate. (2)stingy; difficult. (3)to be very good, especially in reference to music and viewable content; of high quality. (4)to be upset about something. Standard, n. (1)fixed or fastened firmly in place. (2)stretched or drawn out fully. (3)of such close construction as to be impermeable. (4)compact; firm. (5)fitting close or too close to the skin. (6)closely contested.
Trip: Slang, v. (1)to become agitated or angry. (2)to act in a highly unpredictable manner. (3)a hallucinatory experience induced by a psychedelic drug. Standard, v. (1)A going from one place to another; a journey. (2)A stumble or fall.
Wanksta: Slang, adj (1)a wanna-bee thug, imitation hustler, or psuedo gangster (2)somebody who has been doing illegal activities for a long time but does not have any material possessions to show for it.
Wet: Slang, v., adj. (1)to shoot with a firearm or to be shot with a firearm. (2)to be under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug PCP (“Angel Dust”, “leak”). Standard, v., n., adj. (1)covered or soaked with water or another liquid. (2)not yet dry.