As promised, here’s the second part of the Slang List, but this one is dedicated to the slang of The Roaring Twenties, decade I personally love. I would like to thank this site for the help. If you want to read the slang of the 50s, click here! Hope you enjoy!

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A 
Ab-so-lute-ly: affirmative
All wet: wrong
And how!: I strongly agree!
Ankle: to walk, i.e.. “Let’s ankle!”
Applesauce: an expletive same as horsefeathers, as in “Ah applesauce!”
Attaboy!: well done!; also, Attagirl!
B 
Baby: sweetheart
Baby grand: heavily built man
Baby vamp: a pretty or popular female, student
Balled up: messed up
Baloney: nonsense!
Bank’s Closed: no kissing or making out - i.e. - “Sorry, Mac, the bank’s closed.”
Beat it: get lost
Beat one’s gums: idle talk
Bee’s Knees: an extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate
Beef: a complaint or to complain
Bell bottom:a sailor
Berries: that which is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee’s knees, As in “It’s the berries.”
Bible Belt: area in the South and Midwest where Fundamentalism flourishes
Big Cheese: the most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot
Big six: a strong man; from auto advertising, for the new and powerful; six cylinder engines
Bimbo: a tough guy
Bird: general termfor a man or woman, sometimes meaning “odd,” i.e. “What a  funny old bird.”
Blotto (1930 at the latest): drunk, especially to an extreme
Blow: (1) a wild party (2) to leave
Bluenose - an excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of “the Blue Nozzle Curse.”
Bohunk: a derogatory name for an Eastern European immigrant. Out of use by 1930, except in anti-immigrant groups, like the KKK.
Bootleg: illeagal liquor
Breezer (1925): a topless automobile
Bubs: breasts
Bug-eyed Betty (1927): an unattractive girl, student.
Bull: (1) a law-enforcement official, including FBI. (2) nonesense, bullshit (3) to talk idly, to exaggerate
Bump off: to kill
Bum’s rush: to eject from an establishment
Bunny (1925): a term of endearment applied to the lost, disoriented. Often coupled with “poor little.”
Bus: any old or worn out automobile.
Bushwa: a euphemism for “bullshit”
Butt me.: I’ll take a smoke
C
Caper: a criminal act or robbery
Carry a Torch: to have acrush on someone
Cash: a kiss
Cash or check?: do you kiss now or later?
Cat’s Meow: Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee’s knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.
Cat’s Pajamas: Same as cat’s meow
Chassis: the female body
Cheaters: eyeglasses
Check: kiss me later
Ciggy: cigarette
Clam: a dollar
Copacetic: wonderful, fine, all right
Crush: An infatuation
D
Daddy: a young woman’s boyfriend or lover, especially if he’s rich 
Dame: a female 
Dapper: a Flapper’s dad 
Darb: an excellent person or thing (as in “the Darb” - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check)
Dead soldier: an empty bear bottle 
Deb: an debutant 
Dick: a private investigator 
Dogs: feet
Doll: an attractive woman 
Dolled up: dressed up 
Don’t know from nothing: don’t have any information 
Don’t take any wooden nickels: don’t do anything stupid
Double-cross: to cheat, stab in the back 
Dough: money 
Drugstore Cowboy: a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls
Dry up: shut up, get lost 
Ducky: very good 
Dumb Dora: a stupid female
E
Earful: enough 
Edge: intoxication, a buzz.  i.e. “I’ve got an edge.” 
Egg: a person who lives the big life  
F
Fall Guy: victim of a frame
Fire extinguisher: a chaperone 
Fish: (1) a college freshman, (2) a first timer in prison 
Flat Tire: a dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan
Flivver: a Model T; after 1928, could mean any old broken down car 
Flapper: a stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts & shorter hair
Fly boy: a glamorous term for an aviator 
Frame: to give false evidence , to set up someone
G
Gams: a woman’s legs
Get a wiggle on: get a move on, get going 
Giggle Water: an intoxicating beverage; alcohol
Gin Mill: an establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar
Glad rags: “going out on the town” clothes 
Gold Digger: a woman who associates with or marries a man for his wealth
Goofy: in love  
H
Hair of the Dog: a shot of alcohol 
Handcuff: an engagement ring 
Hard Boiled: a tough, strong guy
Hayburner:  (1) a gas guzzling car (2) a horse one loses money on 
Heebie-Jeebies: the jitters
High-Hat: to snub
Hit on all sixes: to perform 100 per cent; as “hitting on all six cyclinders”
Hooch: bootleg liquor
Hood: hoodlum 
Hoofer: dancer
Horsefeathers: an expletive ; same usage as applesauce
Hotsy: totsy, pleasing
I
It: sex appeal
Iron: a motorcycle  
J
Jack: money 
Jake: OK, as in , “Everything is Jake.”
Jalopy: Old car
Jane: any female 
Java: coffee 
Jitney: a car employed as a private bus. Fare was usually five cents; also called a “nickel” 
Joe: coffee
John: a toilet
Joint: an establishment, a club, usually selling alcohol
Juice Joint: a speakeasy
K
Keen: attractive or appealing
Kisser: mouth
L
Left holding the bag: (1) to be cheated out of one’s fair share (2) to be blamed for something 
Level with me: be honest 
Line: Insincere flattery
Live wire: a lively person  
M
Middle Aisle: to marry
Mrs. Grundy: a priggish or extremely tight-laced person
Moll: a gangster’s girl      
N
Neck: kissing with passion
Nifty: great, excellent
"Now you’re on the trolley!": now you’ve got it, now you’re right!
Nobody Home: describes some one who is dumb
O
On the lam: fleeing from police
On the level: legitimate, honest
On the up and up: on the level
Orchid: an expensive item
Ossified: a drunk person
Owl: a person who’s out late
P
Palooka: (1) a below-average or average boxer (2) a social outsider, from the comic strip character Joe Palooka
Pet: same as neck, but more so
Piker: (1) a cheapskate (2) a coward
Pill: (1) a teacher (2) an unlikable person
Pinch: to arrest
Pipe down: stop talking
Pushover: a person easily convinced or seduced
Putting on the Ritz: after the Ritz hotel in Paris; doing something in high style
R
Rag-a-muffin: a dirty or disheveled individual
Razz: to make fun of
Real McCoy: The genuine article
Ritzy: Elegant (from the hotel)
Rubes: money or dollars
S
Sap: a fool
Says you: a reaction of disbelief
Scram: ask someone to leave immediately
Sheba: a woman with sex appeal (from the move Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow)
Sheik: a man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)
Shiv: a knife
Sinker: a doughnut
Speakeasy: An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor
Spifflicated: drunk, the same as canned, corked, tanked, primed, scrooched, jazzed, zozzled, plastered, owled, embalmed, lit, potted, ossified or fried to the hat
Spiffy: an elegant appearance 
Spoon: to neck, or at least talk of love
Struggle Buggy: the backseat of a car. A parent’s worst nightmare
Stuck On: having a crush on
Swanky: ritzy
Swell: wonderful, also: a rich man
T
Take for a Ride: to drive off with someone in order to bump them off
Tin Pan Alley: the music industry in New York, located between 48th and 52nd street
Tomato: a female
Torpedo: a hired gun
U
Upchuck: to vomit when one has drunk too much
W
Wet Blanket: a solemn person, a killjoy
What’s eating you?: what’s wrong?
Whoopee: to have a good time
You slay me: that’s funny

As promised, here’s the second part of the Slang List, but this one is dedicated to the slang of The Roaring Twenties, decade I personally love. I would like to thank this site for the help. If you want to read the slang of the 50s, click here! Hope you enjoy!

A

  • Ab-so-lute-ly: affirmative
  • All wet: wrong
  • And how!: I strongly agree!
  • Ankle: to walk, i.e.. “Let’s ankle!”
  • Applesauce: an expletive same as horsefeathers, as in “Ah applesauce!”
  • Attaboy!: well done!; also, Attagirl!


B

  • Baby: sweetheart
  • Baby grand: heavily built man
  • Baby vamp: a pretty or popular female, student
  • Balled up: messed up
  • Baloney: nonsense!
  • Bank’s Closed: no kissing or making out - i.e. - “Sorry, Mac, the bank’s closed.”
  • Beat it: get lost
  • Beat one’s gums: idle talk
  • Bee’s Knees: an extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate
  • Beef: a complaint or to complain
  • Bell bottom:a sailor
  • Berries: that which is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee’s knees, As in “It’s the berries.”
  • Bible Belt: area in the South and Midwest where Fundamentalism flourishes
  • Big Cheese: the most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot
  • Big six: a strong man; from auto advertising, for the new and powerful; six cylinder engines
  • Bimbo: a tough guy
  • Bird: general termfor a man or woman, sometimes meaning “odd,” i.e. “What a funny old bird.”
  • Blotto (1930 at the latest): drunk, especially to an extreme
  • Blow: (1) a wild party (2) to leave
  • Bluenose - an excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of “the Blue Nozzle Curse.”
  • Bohunk: a derogatory name for an Eastern European immigrant. Out of use by 1930, except in anti-immigrant groups, like the KKK.
  • Bootleg: illeagal liquor
  • Breezer (1925): a topless automobile
  • Bubs: breasts
  • Bug-eyed Betty (1927): an unattractive girl, student.
  • Bull: (1) a law-enforcement official, including FBI. (2) nonesense, bullshit (3) to talk idly, to exaggerate
  • Bump off: to kill
  • Bum’s rush: to eject from an establishment
  • Bunny (1925): a term of endearment applied to the lost, disoriented. Often coupled with “poor little.”
  • Bus: any old or worn out automobile.
  • Bushwa: a euphemism for “bullshit”
  • Butt me.: I’ll take a smoke

C

  • Caper: a criminal act or robbery
  • Carry a Torch: to have acrush on someone
  • Cash: a kiss
  • Cash or check?: do you kiss now or later?
  • Cat’s Meow: Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee’s knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.
  • Cat’s Pajamas: Same as cat’s meow
  • Chassis: the female body
  • Cheaters: eyeglasses
  • Check: kiss me later
  • Ciggy: cigarette
  • Clam: a dollar
  • Copacetic: wonderful, fine, all right
  • Crush: An infatuation

D

  • Daddy: a young woman’s boyfriend or lover, especially if he’s rich 
  • Dame: a female 
  • Dapper: a Flapper’s dad 
  • Darb: an excellent person or thing (as in “the Darb” - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check)
  • Dead soldier: an empty bear bottle 
  • Deb: an debutant 
  • Dick: a private investigator 
  • Dogs: feet
  • Doll: an attractive woman 
  • Dolled up: dressed up 
  • Don’t know from nothing: don’t have any information 
  • Don’t take any wooden nickels: don’t do anything stupid
  • Double-cross: to cheat, stab in the back 
  • Dough: money 
  • Drugstore Cowboy: a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls
  • Dry up: shut up, get lost 
  • Ducky: very good 
  • Dumb Dora: a stupid female

E

  • Earful: enough 
  • Edge: intoxication, a buzz.  i.e. “I’ve got an edge.” 
  • Egg: a person who lives the big life  

F

  • Fall Guy: victim of a frame
  • Fire extinguisher: a chaperone 
  • Fish: (1) a college freshman, (2) a first timer in prison 
  • Flat Tire: a dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan
  • Flivver: a Model T; after 1928, could mean any old broken down car 
  • Flapper: a stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts & shorter hair
  • Fly boy: a glamorous term for an aviator 
  • Frame: to give false evidence , to set up someone

G

  • Gams: a woman’s legs
  • Get a wiggle on: get a move on, get going 
  • Giggle Water: an intoxicating beverage; alcohol
  • Gin Mill: an establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar
  • Glad rags: “going out on the town” clothes 
  • Gold Digger: a woman who associates with or marries a man for his wealth
  • Goofy: in love  

H

  • Hair of the Dog: a shot of alcohol 
  • Handcuff: an engagement ring 
  • Hard Boiled: a tough, strong guy
  • Hayburner: (1) a gas guzzling car (2) a horse one loses money on 
  • Heebie-Jeebies: the jitters
  • High-Hat: to snub
  • Hit on all sixes: to perform 100 per cent; as “hitting on all six cyclinders”
  • Hooch: bootleg liquor
  • Hood: hoodlum 
  • Hoofer: dancer
  • Horsefeathers: an expletive ; same usage as applesauce
  • Hotsy: totsy, pleasing

I

  • It: sex appeal
  • Iron: a motorcycle  

J

  • Jack: money 
  • Jake: OK, as in , “Everything is Jake.”
  • Jalopy: Old car
  • Jane: any female 
  • Java: coffee 
  • Jitney: a car employed as a private bus. Fare was usually five cents; also called a “nickel” 
  • Joe: coffee
  • John: a toilet
  • Joint: an establishment, a club, usually selling alcohol
  • Juice Joint: a speakeasy

K

  • Keen: attractive or appealing
  • Kisser: mouth

L

  • Left holding the bag: (1) to be cheated out of one’s fair share (2) to be blamed for something 
  • Level with me: be honest 
  • Line: Insincere flattery
  • Live wire: a lively person  

M

  • Middle Aisle: to marry
  • Mrs. Grundy: a priggish or extremely tight-laced person
  • Moll: a gangster’s girl      

N

  • Neck: kissing with passion
  • Nifty: great, excellent
  • "Now you’re on the trolley!": now you’ve got it, now you’re right!
  • Nobody Home: describes some one who is dumb

O

  • On the lam: fleeing from police
  • On the level: legitimate, honest
  • On the up and up: on the level
  • Orchid: an expensive item
  • Ossified: a drunk person
  • Owl: a person who’s out late

P

  • Palooka: (1) a below-average or average boxer (2) a social outsider, from the comic strip character Joe Palooka
  • Pet: same as neck, but more so
  • Piker: (1) a cheapskate (2) a coward
  • Pill: (1) a teacher (2) an unlikable person
  • Pinch: to arrest
  • Pipe down: stop talking
  • Pushover: a person easily convinced or seduced
  • Putting on the Ritz: after the Ritz hotel in Paris; doing something in high style

R

  • Rag-a-muffin: a dirty or disheveled individual
  • Razz: to make fun of
  • Real McCoy: The genuine article
  • Ritzy: Elegant (from the hotel)
  • Rubes: money or dollars

S

  • Sap: a fool
  • Says you: a reaction of disbelief
  • Scram: ask someone to leave immediately
  • Sheba: a woman with sex appeal (from the move Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow)
  • Sheik: a man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)
  • Shiv: a knife
  • Sinker: a doughnut
  • Speakeasy: An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor
  • Spifflicated: drunk, the same as canned, corked, tanked, primed, scrooched, jazzed, zozzled, plastered, owled, embalmed, lit, potted, ossified or fried to the hat
  • Spiffy: an elegant appearance 
  • Spoon: to neck, or at least talk of love
  • Struggle Buggy: the backseat of a car. A parent’s worst nightmare
  • Stuck On: having a crush on
  • Swanky: ritzy
  • Swell: wonderful, also: a rich man

T

  • Take for a Ride: to drive off with someone in order to bump them off
  • Tin Pan Alley: the music industry in New York, located between 48th and 52nd street
  • Tomato: a female
  • Torpedo: a hired gun

U

  • Upchuck: to vomit when one has drunk too much

W

  • Wet Blanket: a solemn person, a killjoy
  • What’s eating you?: what’s wrong?
  • Whoopee: to have a good time
  • You slay me: that’s funny


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