New York Slang Words for Bad (And How to Use them Correctly)

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

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Whenever you travel abroad, it’s generally a good idea to learn a few phrases from the language of the country you’re visiting. That way, when you need to, you can ask for basic things.

A similar concept can apply even when you’re traveling to other areas in the United States. Each region has its own intriguing dialect and terminology, and New York is no different.

In this post, we’ll be sharing with you some New York slang words for bad. You can use these words to describe a range of unfavorable situations.

Let’s jump right in.

Keep This in Mind…

We’re going to be including several different slang words in this guide. While all of them have negative meanings, they don’t just mean “bad” across the board.

In other words, every time you might say “bad,” you can’t necessarily substitute it with just any of the words in this guide. With each word, we’ll include an example of how you can use it, so you understand what it applies to.

Make sure you pay attention to these examples. That will keep you from sounding like you don’t know what you’re talking about if you decide to try these words out.

New York Slang Words for Bad (And Examples of How to Use Them)



  • (verb): Freaking out or being too dramatic.
  • Example: “Calm down, you’re buggin right now.”



  • (adjective): Someone who is dirty or gross.
  • Example: “I don’t want to sit next to him – he’s crusty.”



  • (adjective): Immature, disrespectful, or rude. Usually used to describe a person.
  • Example: “I don’t even want talk to you right now, you’re being dayroom.”



  • (noun): Something you don’t want to do or an event you don’t want to attend.
  • Example: “Let’s leave this bar. It’s a dub.”



  • (noun): Someone who has betrayed you or is untrustworthy.
  • Example: “I wouldn’t leave my money with him if I were you – he’s a grimey.”



  • (adjective): Another way of referring to someone who is suspicious or untrustworthy.
  • Example: “I don’t trust my boyfriend, because he’s been sus lately.”



  • (adjective): Angry or upset.
  • Example: “I was so tight last night after my girlfriend said I was sus.”



  • (adjective): Appalling, unappealing, or disgusting.
  • Example: “John’s cooking is whack. He made a peanut butter and pickle sandwich last night.”



  • (adjective): Out of control, over the top.
  • Example: “My boyfriend was wildin after the Yankees lost.”

Note: You usually don’t pronounce the ‘d’ in wildin. It tends to be pronounced like you’re saying “wylin.”

Wrap Up

There you have it – a quick list of popular New York slang terms that can be used to refer to something bad. The next time you run into something bad, why not try using one of these terms to describe it?

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of New York slang, try looking at our ultimate guide.

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