17 Popular Bronx Slang Words and Their Meanings

They say when you’re in Rome, you should do as the Romans do. Well, the same concept applies to New York, including how you speak.

New York is one of the most diverse places in the United States. As such, it has a unique vocabulary, and locals can sound almost as if they’re speaking a whole new language. Even specific neighborhoods in New York City can have their own unique terminology. 

In this post, we’ll be reviewing the meaning of New York slang Bronx words, and how to use them correctly. 

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What is the Bronx in New York?

Let's start by first talking about what the Bronx is, and some of its history.

The Bronx is referring to a specific part of New York City. It’s located in the farthest north regions of the city, and is one of the most crowded places in the entire country.

It’s a pretty influential place in terms of culture. In the Bronx, you can find the impressive Yankee Stadium, New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.

It’s considered one of the poorer places in the city. However, it has also been one of the most historically diverse and is rich in culture. Sources show that it’s actually the most culturally diverse region in the entire United States.

The Bronx has been extremely influential in the hip hop genre, too. It’s not considered the place where hip hop was created, but many huge musical events have occurred in the Bronx. One is DJ Kool Herc’s first use of mixing and rapping during sets to encourage people to dance more.

Slang Words Used in the Bronx

B

Bread

Meaning:

  • (noun): Pretty much any dough-based food you can get from a local bakery, including actual bread and pretzels.
  • Example: "I'm pretty hungry, want to go get some bread?"

Brick

Meaning:

  • (adjective): Cold. Refers to physical temperature.
  • Example: "It gets brick at that time of the year."

Bro

Meaning:

  • (noun): a respectful way to refer to a friend; a sibling
  • Example: "How's it going, bro?"

C

Cop

Meaning:

  • (verb): To buy something.
  • Example: "I'm going to cop a bagel for lunch today."

Creatures

Meaning:

  • (noun): Fans of the Yankees, consider by locals in the Bronx as the best baseball team in the world.
  • Example: "I'm going the bar with some creatures to watch the game."

D

Dayroom

Meaning:

  • (adjective): A way to describe someone who has done something rude or disrespectful.
  • Example: "He called me a slide. He's dayroom."

Dead Ass

Meaning:

  • (adjective): To be serious about something, something that is real.
  • Example: "I'm dead ass angry right now."

Draggin' It

  • (verb): To draw something out excessively, be overly dramatic.
  • Example: "She won't stop talking about that guy grilling her. She's draggin' it."

Dumb

  • (adjective): Use to emphasize a statement, like saying "very."
  • Example: "My mom is dumb sweet."

F

Facts

Meaning:

  • (noun): A true statement or statements made by someone.
  • Example: "He's speaking facts right now, trust me."

Fronting

Meaning:

  • (verb): To pretend to be something you're not, to fake or lie.
  • Example: "I told her that I want to be with her, but I'm fronting."

G

Grill

Meaning:

  • (verb): To stare at someone.
  • Example: "That man keeps grilling me. I'm about to get mad upset."

H

Hollywood

Meaning: 

  • (adjective): Someone who's socially busy and in high demand.
  • Example: "She's Hollywood, so don't expect to get an answer anytime soon if you text her."

Heard

Meaning:

  • (adjective): To acknowledge something that was said, saying that you heard something.
  • Example: "He told me that he was going to be late tonight, so I said heard." 

M

Mad

Meaning:

  • (adjective): Very or really. Use it to emphasize something.
  • Example: "I'm mad upset with him right now for calling me a slide."

Moving Funny

Meaning:

  • (verb): Someone who is behaving strangely or out of character, like they're hiding something.
  • Example: "My boyfriend won't talk to me at all today. He's moving funny."

S

Slide

Meaning:

  • (noun): A promiscuous woman.
  • Example: "My bro said that she's a slide."

W

Word to my dad/mom

Meaning: 

  • (expression): To swear that something is true.
  • Example: "Word to my mom, I can't go because I'm sick."

Wrap Up

The Bronx is a neighborhood full of its own words. It's important to know what people are saying when you visit, so you can communicate effectively.

Since the Bronx is part of New York, though, you'll notice a lot of the slang used there is similar to what is used all over the city. You can take a look at our ultimate guide to New York slang words and meanings if you need additional information on other slang you've heard.

You can also check out this video for demonstrations on how each slang term is used.

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