British Slang For Potato (10 Examples)

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Potatoes are a staple food in every home and food business across the globe. So, we found 10 British slang you could use instead of the word “potato” so you can spice things up a bit. Read on to know the 10 British slang for potato.

British Slang For Potato (In Alphabetical Order)


  • Meaning: 
  • (Noun) Chips is a very famous British slang that Americans call “French fries.” Rather than using the word “chips” like what Americans use, the British refer to potato chips as “crisps,” a British use possibly best recognized internationally in relation to “fish and chips.”
  • Example: Let’s make homemade chips for our movie night.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Earthapplie is a British slang term for potatoes that is no longer widely used. Potatoes, have the same size as apples and are a staple to every home in the UK, hence the name. You can still hear this term in some parts of the UK where there is more older generation residing in an area.
  • Example: I want to start an earthapple farm for they are always in demand. 



  • Meaning: 
  • (Noun) Fries is slang for “French fries” or “potato fries”. Fries is a dish that involves potatoes to be cut into thick strips and deep-fried. Although french fries are not originally from France, this term has been adopted worldwide and is now a common British slang.
  • Example: Grab some fries before checking out so we can have a snack later tonight.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Ionam originated in Ireland, where the word is used as a name for sweet potatoes. Today, it has become a British slang and is commonly used in areas near Ireland. 
  • Example: My mother always has Ionam in her pantry in case she wants to eat a snack.


Jockeys’ Whip

  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Jockeys’ Whip is Cockney slang for chips or fries. It is also used as British slang for potato and most people outside of the UK get confused with the term. It is widely used in the UK.
  • Example: She makes a mean Jockeys’ whip.



  • Meaning: 
  • (Noun) Because potatoes were a major crop in Ireland at the time, and many people there had the surname Murphy, the British opted to nickname them “Murphy” in the 1800s. South American potatoes were also known as “Murphy.”Today, the British slang caught on and is now a common term in the UK.
  • Example: I’m not a fan of boiled murphy. I’d rather eat chips instead.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) Paidrin is Irish slang for a tiny or small potato and is adopted in the UK. today, the word “paidrin” is often used as British slang for potato in general. 
  • Example: Paidrins are not worth much right now.



  • Meaning: 
  • (Noun) This was the slang term used by the Irish to describe the plague that decimated Ireland’s potato crop, resulting in the Great Hunger. Today, it’s a bit of a joke and Britsh slang for “potato”.
  • Example: Great, we have tons of smoladh to harvest before winter comes.


Spanish Waiter

  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) “Potato” would be pronounced “potater” in a Cockney accent, making it rhyme with Spanish Waiter. Hence, the British slang “Spanish waiter” was made. 
  • Example: We’ve been eating Spanish waiter for days now, and I’m not sure if I can handle more.



  • Meaning:
  • (Noun) A well-known slang term for potatoes. Spud may have originated because people named “Murphy” were also known as “spud,” and because “Murphy” was also a slang term for potato, spud was born. 
  • Example: Have you tried the baked spud in the corner restaurant? It’s to die for!


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