Mancunian slang dictionary

As you get used to living in the UK you might come to hear some of our slang and be a bit confused. In Manchester especially there is a lot of slang I didn’t understand when I first moved here. This post will give you a whistle-stop (adj. very fast) tour of common UK wide and Mancunian slang you might encounter.

UK slang:


Alright – Hello, how are you?

Ta – Thank you

Cheers – Usually a toast when you raise your drinks glass to celebrate but also means thank you.

Lad, bloke or guy – boy

Chick or bird – girl

Mate – friend

Mum, mummy, ma or mam – mother

Dad, Daddy or pa – father

Gran, nan, nanny, grandma or granny – grandmother

Grandad or grandpa – grandfather

Adjectives and feelings

Naff – uncool

Dodgy – suspicious

Chuffed – to be happy

Gutted – to be disappointed

Mardy – grumpy

It’s doing my head in – it’s annoying me

It’s all kicking off – an argument is happening

A tad – a little bit

Parties and entertainment

A do – a party

BYOB – Bring your own bottle (at parties in the UK – especially student parties – it is common for the host to ask guests to bring their own drinks)

It’s your round – It is common in the UK for small groups of friends to take it in turns to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the group. It is perfectly acceptable to say that you can’t afford or don’t want to take part, and then buy your own drinks.

Fancy – to find someone attractive

To ask out – to ask someone on a date

Chat up – to flirt with someone

Snog – to kiss passionately

Faff – to waste time or fuss

Nap or snooze – to take a short sleep in the middle of the day

Food and drink

Cuppa or brew – cup of tea

Butty – sandwich

Fry up or Full English – a Full English breakfast, usually including eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding and toast (it’s not very healthy but it’s delicious!)

Sunday roast – a popular Sunday meal, usually eaten in the early afternoon including roast meat, roast potatoes, vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Brekkie – breakfast

Tea – Can mean either a cup of tea, a small meal with sandwiches, scones and cakes, or in some parts of the UK it is the evening meal.

Chippy – fish and chip shop


Quid – a pound sterling

Skint or broke – lacking money

To cost a bomb or to be a rip-off – something is very expensive

Go dutch – to split the bill for a meal


Brolly – Umbrella

Telly or TV – television

Loo – toilet

Wellies – wellington boots (waterproof rubber boots – great for jumping in puddles or music festivals when it rains)

Mobile – mobile telephone

Mancunian slang:

Manc – Manchester

Mither – Worry

Gagging – thirsty

Dead – very

Mint – great

Strop – tantrum

Bessie – best friend

Sound – good

Minging – unpleasant

Our kid – sibling or family member

‘Ave it – Hooray

Barm or barmcake – bread roll