Goodbye is a common expression to say when ending a conversation or leaving an event. The word goodbye can also mean ending a relationship with no plans for being friends. The word is synonymous with something negative; as if forgetting someone or something once this word is said. So, we gathered 10 British slang you could use so goodbyes won’t be too serious.
British Slang For Goodbye (In Alphabetical Order)
- (Exclamation) ‘Bye-bye’ is a term that is derived from the word ‘goodbye’. It is mostly used when talking to children or when teaching babies and toddlers to talk. Today, this British slang is also used by adults to shorten goodbyes.
- Example: Bye-bye! I will call you early tomorrow.
Be seeing you
- (Expression) The expression ‘be seeing you’ is another way of saying ‘goodbye’ to a person. The British slang means you’ll see them around. It is not common slang these days, but you can definitely bring it back.
- Example: I’m going to my class now. Be seeing you.!
- (Exclamation) Today, the word ‘cheers’ is used as an exclamation when you are with friends or family and want to have a toast. When you toast, you end it with a cheerful ‘cheers’, but the word was once British slang for ‘goodbye’. This is not a common meaning for cheers today, and it can be confusing when used as a goodbye.
- Example: I’s getting late. I’ll go home now. Cheers!
- (Exclamation) Cheerio is also used as the expression ‘cheers’, but it is mostly used as an interjection when someone is saying goodbye. This British slang is on the positive side, so it’s often used when leaving a party or a get-together.
- Example: I’ll be going now. I need to catch the last train. Cheerio!
- (Exclamation) ‘Gotta go’ is British slang for the word ‘goodbye’. It is used when someone is hurrying or late. This slang is popular and is widely recognized around the world.
- Example: I’m already late. Gotta go!
- (Expression) Instead of saying goodbye, the expression ‘I’m off’ is often used. This British slang is popular, especially for someone in a hurry. You can hear this around the UK and in the US.
- Example: I did not notice the time. I’m off!
- (Exclamation) ‘See ya’ is a term that replaces ‘goodbye’. It means ‘see you again’ or ‘see you soon’. This is British slang for ‘goodbye’ to show that you will see each other again. It can be used as an exclamation by itself. Millennials or younger people use this slang.
- Example: My ride’s around the corner. See ya!
See you around!
- (Expression) ‘See you around’ is often said in place of ‘goodbye’. It has a more positive tone compared to ‘goodbye’; therefore, it is mostly used to bid farewell. This also means you’ll be seeing each other from time to time.
- Example: It was so nice to bump into you after all these years, but I’m already late. See you around!
- (Exclamation) The term ‘tata’ is defined as British slang for ‘goodbye’. It is mostly used to teach toddlers how to say goodbye. Since they cannot pronounce the word yet, ‘tata’ is the one parents use while teaching them to wave their hands.
- Example: Come here sweetie and say tata to nana.
- (Expression) Toddle pip is an archaic British slang that means ‘goodbye’. It is a funny or silly way of saying goodbye to a person. Though it is not used widely today, you can still use this slang to make an unforgettable exit.
- Example: This party was great but I need to leave now. Toddle pip!