British Slang for Money (10 Examples)

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Money is a medium used for the exchange of products worldwide. But, the word itself can be quite overused. If you want to know other terms used in place of money, we listed 10 British slangs you can use. 

British Slang For Money (In Alphabetical Order)

Big One


  • (Noun) ‘Big One’  is used in both the USA and the UK as a slang word for money. It also means ‘one thousand pounds sterling’.
  • Example: If I ever have a big one, I’d go on vacation for a week!




  • (Noun) ‘Bronze’ is derived from the bronze-colored British one and two pound coins. It is a common slang word in the UK.
  • Example: Do you mind lending me five bronzes?



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  • (Noun) ‘Century’ is a slang word for describing one hundred pounds sterling. Instead of using the word ‘bill’, most people in the British countries opt to use ‘century’. 
  • Example:  I only have a century on me and I don’t have spare change.




  • (Noun) The slang word ‘Darwin’ is derived from the ten-pound note that has Charles Darwin’s face printed on it.
  • Example: I need to buy a gift for a friend but only have a darwin with me right now.



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  • (Noun) The slang word ‘grand’ is associated with one thousand pounds sterling money in the UK. It is commonly used to replace the word ‘money’ in the UK. The term is also used in the USA.
  • Example: I’ll give you a grand if you won’t tell on me.




  • (Noun) ‘Loot’ is a general term that replaces the word ‘money’. You may have heard the term when playing your online games or if you’ve watched a lot of war movies. Today, ‘loot’ is a slang word often used by British people.
  • Example: Let’s have a drink tonight for I have extra loot!




  • (Noun) ‘Quid’ is used as a British slang word for ‘money’. It is also British slang for one pound sterling. Early research suggests it was derived from the Latin phrase ‘quid pro quo’.
  • Example: I only need a quid to pay for my drink. Can I borrow from you?




  • (Noun) ‘Score’ is British slang for ‘twenty pound sterling’. Score isn’t slang in and of itself. It was another term for ‘twenty’ and is derived from the Old Norse word ‘skor’, which means ‘a notch on a stick used for counting’.
  • Example: Can I have a score to buy a few things for my school project?




  • (Noun) ‘Shrapnel’ refers to the loose coinage in your pocket, usually coins worth less than a pound which originated in the UK. The real meaning of shrapnel is the microscopic pieces of metal in a grenade or artillery shell.
  • Example: I only have a few quid and some shrapnel with me. Would this be enough?. 




  • (Noun) Silver is used as British slang for five, ten, twenty, and fifty pence coins in the UK. to make the term shorter, British people call their coins ‘silver’.  
  • Example: Give me some silver so I could pay for the food I’m about to get.

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