British Slang For Men (12 Examples)

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Foodie, Animal Lover, Slang & Language Enthusiast

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What does it mean to be a man in this day and age? Let us explore the British slang for men. Some of these are affectionate while some are derogatory so read what we wrote very well. 

British Slang For Men (in Alphabetical Order)



  • (Noun) An old-fashioned British slang used to describe a male with an annoying personality or irritating energy. 
  • Example: You know how to push my buttons! Quit acting like a blighter!



  • (Noun) A slang in the Commonwealth that refers to the “common man.” This popular term is used both offensively and affectionately but has no solid origin. 
  • Example: Can’t blame this bloke for shooting my shot! If I get rejected, I would have closure at the very least. 



  • (Noun) Another slang for “guy.” It is a neutral UK term for a man and might be related to “buddy.”
  • Example: My bod would be glad to help you move your furniture for that amount.



  • (Noun) Used by both the Welsh and Irish for a boy or man. However, it may be derogatory in Welsh since it is often used by an older person towards a younger man. 
  • Example: Boyo! Don’t interrupt us since we are discussing some very important matters. 



  • (Noun) A casual and friendly slang which is used to address a boy or gentleman.
  • Example: My chap! Could you help me in lifting these heavy groceries?

Collar And Cuff


  • (Noun) A somewhat degrading Cockney rhyming slang for an effeminate man. 
  • Example: Don’t label him as collar and cuff! That is not good and will seem very rude to the person. 



  • (Noun) An archaic slang used in the UK and Australia for “fellow” and “guy.”
  • Example: The cove over there is selling some tasty ice cream that is perfect for the summer!



  • (Noun) A dated slang in Scotland and Northern England that is the equivalent of “man” and “dude.”
  • Example: My gome! Better bring your PS5 for some late-night gaming sessions. 



  • (Noun) Another insulting slang used by the British for an “old man.”
  • Example: Most of the people in the Parliament are jossers that should be retired!



  • (Noun) The Cockney rhyming slang for man.
  • Example: We should avoid that omi over there. He seems suspicious. 



  • (Noun) Another UK slang for “fellow” and “man.” Be careful when using this term because it means “castrated bull” in Scotland. 
  • Example: Hey, seg! I think you forgot your items on the counter. Please retrieve them.



  • (Noun) An outdated slang for “guy” and “bloke” that may have some Hindi origins. 
  • Example: My wallah is someone who can fix your door in a matter of minutes. Give him a call!

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