30 Awesome American Slang Words You Should Know

American English has a bunch of cool, creative slang words that can make your chats more interesting.

Slang is like an informal language that’s more fun and relaxed than regular English.

It comes from different cultures, areas, or groups.

Even though slang might be confusing if you’re not used to it, knowing some common slang words can help you understand casual American English talks better.

It can also make you sound more like a native speaker when you throw in some slang in your own conversations.

So, let’s explore 30 awesome American slang words and phrases that Americans like to use.

Just a heads up – some of these are a little edgy, so be careful about using them in really formal or serious situations.

Dope

Awesome, cool, amazing. Something very good.

“That new video game looks dope!”

Lit

This one also means amazing or incredibly cool/good.

If a party is lit, it’s a crazy good time.

Salty

Being angry, bitter or upset about something.

“He got salty when his team lost the game.”

Throwing shade

Being disrespectful or putting someone down in an underhanded way.

Thirsty

Being extremely eager or desperate, usually to get romantic/sexual attention.

Slay

To do something extremely well.

“You’re slaying that outfit, girl!”

Basic

Boring, mainstream, conforming.

Someone who dresses and acts very conventionally.

Ghosted

When someone abruptly cuts off communication without explanation, like a ghost vanishing.

Sic/sick

Cool, impressive, amazing.

“Those dance moves were sick!”

Fire

Something hot, fresh, or awesome.

“Her new haircut is fire.”

Salty

Bitter, mad, upset about a situation.

“He’s acting salty that he didn’t get the job.”

Snacc

An attractive person, someone you think looks good enough to eat like a snack.

“He single? Because he’s a snacc!”

Extra

Over the top, doing too much, excessive behavior.

“Why is she being so extra dramatic?”

Hangry

Being irritable due to hunger.

A combination of hungry and angry.

Swerve

To avoid, ignore, or get away from something.

“I had to swerve that awkward party.”

Tea

The latest juicy gossip or scoop.

“Spill the tea – what happened with those two?”

Shook

Feeling anxious, surprised, or in shock about something.

“I was so shook when I bombed that test.”

Sic/Sick

Excellent, amazing, very cool or stylish.

“Her fashion sense is so sick!”

Netflix and Chill

An invitation to watch Netflix that actually implies hooking up romantically.

Shady

Dubious, questionable, not to be trusted.

“That business deal seems kinda shady.”

Salty

Someone bitter and upset over an issue, usually acting petty.

“Don’t be salty I won the game!”

Bae

A term of endearment for one’s romantic partner, from “baby” or “babe.”

Turnt/Turnt up

Being drunk, wild, crazy with energy and hype.

“This party is so turnt!”

Can’t even

A phrase expressing being overwhelmed by amazement or amusement.

“This fail video is so funny, I can’t even!”

Salty

Someone bitter, resentful, or easily bothered.

“He got salty when his team lost the finals.”

Sic/Sick

Awesome, incredible, stylish.

“Those new shoes are so sick!”

Adulting

Having to take responsibility and deal with the mundane yet difficult realities of adulthood.

“Doing taxes and paying bills is the worst part of adulting.”

Shade

A subtle insult or rude comment, throwing shade at someone.

“Was she throwing shade at me just now?”

Cringey

Causing embarrassment, or awkwardness. Something pretty uncomfortable.

Cancel

To decide that a celebrity or public figure has done something offensive or objectionable, and to stop supporting or following them as a result.

Make sure to study those slang words, incorporate them into your chats, and you’ll start sounding more like a native slang speaker.

Just be careful with your context to avoid saying anything inappropriate!

Remember to learn those slang terms, add them into your talks, and you’ll sound more like a native slang speaker.

Just be mindful of your surroundings to avoid saying anything inappropriate!

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