Slang Words for Condoms (and How to Use Them Correctly)

When it comes to intimate acts, using the formal names and terms for things can feel a little too cold. This is particularly true when you’re talking about condoms. While there are many who just call them condoms, many others have nicknames for this vital contraceptive that are humorous or comfortably casual.

If you’re one of the many who wants to find something else to call a condom, we’ve got your back. We’ve created a long list of slang words for condoms here. Not only will we define the words, but we’ll provide examples and make notes of any connotations you might not be aware of, so you don’t use the word incorrectly.


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Slang Words for Condoms (in Alphabetical Order)

A

Action Plastic

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Less common slang word for condom. Sometimes, having sex is called “getting action,” which is where the phrase comes from.
  • Example: “I don’t go anywhere without at least one action plastic in my wallet.”

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B

Bag

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Basic slang for condom. This is a good one for getting straight to the point as neutrally as possible.
  • Example: “Make sure you put on a bag before you bang, man.”

Banana Burka

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Humorous slang term for condom. Given that burkas have a religious purpose, you may want to be careful with this term.

Bareback

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Sex that does not use any protection, such as condoms.
  • Example: “I only go bareback with people I’m in a committed relationship with.”

D

Dinger

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Popular Australian slang word for a condom.
  • Example: “That Sheila looks like she could use a couple dingers. She’s got tons of kids with her!”

Dong Bag

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Somewhat vulgar slang word describing condoms.

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F

Franger

Meaning:

  • (Noun): More Australian slang for condoms. See Dinger.

French Letter

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A UK phrase that refers to condoms.
  • Example: “I’ll have to remember to bring a French letter with me the next time I go to the pub.”

G

Glass Slipper

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Funny phrase for condom that refers to the Cinderella fairytale’s legendary glass slipper. Like a glass slipper, condoms tend to be transparent.
  • Example: “They should call him Cinderella with all the glass slippers he goes through…”

Glove

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another short, basic word for condom that gets straight to the point. Be careful with this one, though, because it may not always be clear what you’re talking about. See Bag.

H

Happy Hat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Uncommon condom slang phrase. This may be a good choice if you want to avoid any potential vulgarity.
  • Example: “Ed always keeps a couple happy hats in his bedroom because he’s an optimistic guy.”

Hat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Glove.

J

Jimmy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Somewhat common term for condom.

Jimmy Hat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A clearer version of Jimmy. It makes it apparent what you’re talking about.

Johnny Bag

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Dong Bag.

K

Kitten Mitten

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Lesser-known slang for condom.

L

Love Glove

Meaning:

  • (Noun): More specific variation of Glove. This may be a better one to choose of the two slang terms, since it’s much clearer what you’re referring to.

M

Magnum

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A specific type of condom that’s generally very large in size. For some men, picking up Magnum condoms is a point of pride.
  • Example: “He buys Magnum condoms even though they don’t fit to impress the cute cashier.”

Mask

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another somewhat uncommon word for condoms.

N

Nodder

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Rare phrase for male contraceptives, also known as a condom.
  • Example:
  • Person 1: “Did you bring any nodders?”
  • Person 2: “What does that even mean?”

Nongy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Nodder.

O

One-Fingered Glove

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Love Glove.

P

Papa Stopper

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang phrase for condom that specifically refers to their contraceptive properties.
  • Example: “He calls his condoms papa stoppers because he doesn’t want to be a father anytime soon.”

Party Hat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another funny phrase for condoms. However, like some of the others on this list, this one isn’t always entirely clear, so use it carefully.
  • Example: “When I said bring a party hat, I meant a condom – not an actual party hat, you idiot!”

Protection

Meaning:

  • (Noun): This is probably one of the more common euphemisms you’ll hear for a condom, especially in the US. It’s more formal and polite.
  • Example: “In sex ed classes, they teach students to always wear protection.”

R

Raincoat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another rarer slang phrase for condoms.

Raw

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Bareback.

Rubber

Meaning:

  • (Noun): In the US, this is an extremely popular term for condoms. Just be mindful that in the UK, a rubber refers to an eraser and not a condom!
  • Example: “When Ben went to London, he had to carefully explain to a store clerk that he needed to buy condoms and not erasers after asking for a rubber.”

S

Scumbag

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Uncommon slang phrase for condoms. Be careful with this one, because scumbag is also just a general insult for a sleezy person.

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Sheath

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A fairly self-explanatory euphemism for condoms. If you think of a penis as a sword, it makes sense.

Shrink Wrap

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Glove.

Snake Lace

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another extremely rare phrase that means condom. This is one that people might not get if you use it in a sentence.

Sock

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Glove also.

Spent Shell

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Slang term for a used condom that has been discarded.
  • Example: “Yuck, watch out for that spent shell on the ground over there.”

Strap

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A slang word that just means condom.

T

Top Hat

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Less common slang term for penis. The end of the penis is often called the head, so it makes sense that you would put a top hat on it.

Trojan

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A popular brand of condom.
  • Example: “I grabbed a pack of Trojans on the way to the party, so I had protection.”

W

Weenie Beanie

Meaning:

  • (Noun): See Top Hat.

Wibbly

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another somewhat uncommon slang term for condom.
  • Example: “Whenever she goes on a date, she brings a wibbly with her just in case her partner forgets.”

Wrapper

Meaning:

  • (Noun): This is a more well-known slang word for condom, especially in the United States.
  • Example: “You need a wrapper! Wrap it before you tap it!”

Y

You Tube

Meaning:

  • (Noun): This isn’t a super popular slang word for condoms, but we had to include it because of how clever it is. As you probably guessed, it’s a play on words based on the name of the popular video streaming website, YouTube. You may want to avoid using this one often, especially out loud, when people won’t be able to hear the space between the words.

Wrap Up

Safe sex is obviously important – not only to prevent accidental conception if you’re not ready for children, but also to prevent the spread of disease. Given the importance of condoms, it makes sense that there are so many words around the world for condoms.

Did we miss any? Leave a common below to let us know if you have any slang words for condoms that we didn’t include.

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