British Slang For Head (10 Examples)

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The head is an integral part of our body. It is where our brain is, making us do things that we think of. The head is also a fragile part of our body, and we need to take care of it to ensure we can function the right way. Many people are having fun making up new names to call our heads, so we listed some British slang you could use.

British Slang For Head (In Alphabetical Order)


  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) The word ‘bonce’ came from the dialect of England, which has been adapted all over the UK. Bonce is another British slang for ‘head’ and is widely used today.
  • Example: Stop overthinking, or your bonce will hurt!



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) The brain is the soft tissue encapsulated in the skull which helps us think and make decisions. The term ‘brain’ is also British slang for ‘head.’ 
  • Example: I almost got hit on the brain by a volleyball.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) The term ‘coconut’ is used in the UK as slang for ‘head.’ Coconuts are the round fruits of a coconut tree that have a shell covered with small hairs, which is why it has become comparable to one’s head. 
  • Example: I have so much homework to do that my coconut hurts!



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) ‘Mazard’ is an early 16th-century English word commonly used as British slang for ‘head.’ Also, the word is used in place of ‘face’ or ‘skull,’ which can also be found on the head.
  • Example: You fainted and were unconscious for quite some time when the ball hit your mazard hard.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Though many do not know the exact origin of the word ‘napper’, it is British slang for the word ‘head.’ It is also a popular slang today.
  • Example: Use your napper, or you’ll always lose.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) ‘Nob’ is another term used instead of ‘head.’ Nob can also mean ‘a wealthy person’ but is more used as British slang for head.
  • Example: Stop scratching your nob and concentrate on the task at hand. 



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Before, ‘noggin’ was used to describe a small object, but when the Americans used the work to replace ‘head,’ the British quickly adapted. Today, it is an endearing and funny British slang.
  • Example: Get your noggin in the game so we can score and win!



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) ‘Nut’ was first used to describe a person who is insane. Other people find it offensive; therefore, today, ‘nut’ is British slang for ‘’head.’
  • Example: Let’s clear that nut of yours by going on a vacation and having some fun together!



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) the word ‘pate’ is first used to describe baldness or a bald person. Today, it has become British slang for ‘head’ and is also a common slang in the UK.
  • Example: We have to report the person that hit you on your pate.


Think Tank

  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) The phrase ‘think tank’ references during WWII when tanks were called ‘brainboxes.’ Today, it is a common British slang that means ‘head.’
  • Example: Get some rest and let your think tank recover.


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