Liverpool is renowned for a lot of things; its amazing docklands, being the home of The Beatles and being the capital of Curly Blows but how much scouse slang do you know?
If you’ve been in Liverpool for any amount of time, you’ll know a few of these phrases but have you ever been in The Asda and heard the women in front talking about jibbing off their boyfriend and wondered what the hell was going on? Allow us to educate you on some of that Liverpool slang.
Definition: cool or good
Use: How you doin’ lad? Yeah sound mate
Use: Stop being an arl arse.
Use: I’m going for a bevvy with me arl fella.
Definition: Someone who’s from the surrounding areas of Liverpool such as the Wirral or St Helens.
Use: He likes to pretend he’s from Liverpool, but he’s from the Wirral the wool.
Definition: Go ahead
Use: G’wed, lad. Nice one.
Use: I’m going the Asda for some bifters.
Use: I’m going the Asda, lid.
Definition: Incredibly Awesome
Use: They’re some boss webs, la.
Use: I’m not going the Asda when there’s an offie down the road.
Definition: Old fashioned
Use: Me arl fella’s house is pure antwacky.
Use: Gis one of those bifters so I don’t have to go the offie.
Use: Lad, don’t be an arl arse and borrow us ya trabs.
Use: Me Ma’s making me a proper scran tonight lad
Use: What you on abar, you wool.
Definition: The Hospital
Use: If I eat any more scran I’ll end up in the ozzy.
Definition: The Police
Use: You seen all the bizzies outside the offie?
Use: In a bit, la.
Use: Don’t be a blert and give us a lift to town.
Use: Ay La, those webs are boss.
Definition: Bad mood
Use: He’s got a cob on abar the match, lad.
Definition: stood up/dumped
Use: If he says me arl fella’s house is antwacky one more time he’s getting jibbed
Use: They’re some jarg trabs them
Definition: pants or trousers
Use: I’ve only gone and ripped me kecks, lad.
Definition: Not going to school
Use: Me ma won’t let me out because I was sagging off.
Definition: Keeping a look out
Use: You keep dixie while I run into the offie for some bifters.
Use: Me Judy cooks an blindin’ Scouse
Definition: Being nosey
Use: Eee, stop geggin’ in.
Use: Her curly blow looks an absolute show
Definition: Laughing hard
Use: Am not even messing, he had me in bulk.
Use: You seen her bins, they look a show.
Definition: It’s an insult but not completely offensive, a dismissive term meaning an idiot or someone stupid.
Use: Ignore him lad, he’s just being a proper meff.
Definition: An expression of disgust or disapproval
Use: Eee look at her pants
Definition: alcoholic drink
Use: You coming for a bevvy after work girl
Use: It’s absolutely Baltic in here
Use: Got a new job, I’m absolutely made up
Definition: Crazy or weird
Use: Lad, last night was proper west ya’no
Definition: Scouse for an ice lolly
Use: I’m absolutely roasting, could do with a lolly ice
Definition: That’s bad news/ that’s unfortunate
Use: “me Judy just left me” “that’s heavy salad la”
Definition: Out of pocket
Use: can’t go for a bevy tonight la am brassic
Definition: You are correct/ that is deserved
Use: “i’ll get the bevies in” “is right la”
Definition: Do not attend or avoid
Use: Swerve that meeting later let’s go get some scran.
Use: What a beut!
Definition: Let’s go/come along
Use: Come ‘ed lets jib this beut off
Definition: Hair do
Use: Haha get on to her barnet it’s a show!
Use: What’s up with your grid?
Definition: Why did you do that/ I can’t believe you just did that
Use: Arr Ay that’s arl arse that!
Definition: Drunk beyond comprehension
Use: He’s bladdered come ‘ed we best swerve the next bar
If you think we’ve missed anything let us know by commenting below. We’d love to hear more of your great scouse words.
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