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40 British Swearwords, Explained:

So in the land of the brit, we like to swear, I’m not bloody lying here, we swear through our teeth. Now I know, you are all angels and you don’t swear in front of your parents! But we do like to swear when they aren’t around. But in Britain we have different swearwords to the rest of the world, and i’ve even used them in some off my Youtube Videos or even my Blog Posts and some of you guys have messaged me before saying ‘What does that word mean’ So here are a list of British swearwords, explained haha! 

1. Arse, arsehole – variants of ass and asshole. Can also be used to mean bothered (“Can’t be arsed”) or acting the fool (“Stop arsing about!”).

2. Bastard – illegitimate child or mongrel; objectionable fellow, probably one who has won one over on you; unpleasant situation (“I’m having a bastard of a morning!”). See also: git, rotter, swine.

3. Bell, bellend – head of a penis; fool. (Only write as “bell end” if referring to the end of an actual bell.) Medium strength. See also: dickhead, knobend.

4. Blimey, blimey O’Reilly, cor blimey, gorblimey – n., expression of astonishment. Thought to derive from the phrase “God blind me!” Terribly mild.

5. Blighter – n., person or thing to be regarded with contempt/envy. See also cad, rotter, swine.

6. Bloody – adv., intensifier, popularly used in the phrase “Bloody hell!”

7. Blooming – adj., basically a very mild, somewhat archaic form of “bloody”.

8. Bollocks – n., testicles. Used to mean rubbish or nonsense, as in the exclamation of disbelief “Bollocks!”

9. Cad – n., untrustable person to be regarded with contempt/envy. See also blighter, rotter, swine. Mild.

10. Cack – n., shit. Also: Cack-handed – adj, clumsy, inept. A cack-handed execution will often lead to a cock-up.

11. Cobblers – n., nonsense.

12. Cock-up – n., snafu. As a verb, means to screw up drastically.

13. Codger – n., an old man, often grumpy.

14. Crikey – n., expression of astonishment.

15. Cunt – n., vagina; an unpleasant or stupid person. Strong, but much less offensive than in the US. Can be used as an adjective in the related word cuntish. Use with care, unless writing a piece based on East End gangsterisms.

16. Dickhead – n., a stupid, irritating person, usually a man. Moderate strength. See also: knob, knobhead, knobber.

17. Duffer – n., elderly idiot.

18. Git – n., someone who has just beaten you at pool, stolen your spouse, bought the last pasty in the shop, got the job you wanted, or in some other way won one over on you.

19. Gordon Bennett – n., variant on “Gorblimey!” and the profane outburst “Jesus Christ!” Derives from the Victorian publisher and playboy James Gordon Bennett Jr.

20. Gormless – adj., dim.

21. Knob, knobend, knobhead, knobber – n., a stupid, irritating person, usually a man. “Knob” is a synonym for penis.

22. Manky – adj., worthless, disgusting.

23. Minger – n., a very unattractive person or thing.

24. Minging – adj., foul, disgusting, worthless.

25. Munter – n., unattractive woman.

26. Naff – adj., tasteless, crap.

27. Numpty – n., Scottish idiot.

28. Nutter – n., crazy person. A synonym for the US “nut”.

29. Pillock – n., idiot.

30. Pish – n., Scottish piss.

31. Pissed off – angry, synonym for the US “pissed”. Medium strength.

32. Plonker – n., annoying idiot. Immortalised in the ’80s BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

33. Poxy – adj., riddled with pox; crappy, third-rate. Mild. < Never once used this British Swearword

34. Prat – n., idiot.

35. Scrubber – n., promiscuous woman.

36. Swine – noun, person to be regarded with contempt/envy. See also blighter, cad, rotter, swine. Mild.

37. Taking the piss/Mick/Michael – taking liberties, making fun of.

38. Tosser – n. masturbator; despicable person. A milder synonym for wanker.

39. Twat – n., vagina; rotter. Milder synonym for cunt. Can also be used as a verb to mean hit (“Watch me while I twat him”) or inebriated (“I was twatted”). Use with care. < One of my favourite British swearwords.

40. Wanker – n., masturbator; despicable person. As a verb, can also mean very inebriated (“I was absolutely wankered”). Strong. See also: tosser.

( I do not advice swearing in public or swearing in general )

If you have any other British swearwords tweet me @mrjamesvincent, 

Have a great afternoon,

James