Cockney Rhyming Slang! What Does It All Mean? A - Z
If you knew East London well, you're first thought's would be the Pearly Kings and Queens (pearlies) in their button suits. Market stall holders. Pie n mash. Jellied eels, and of course, cockney rhyming slang.
Table of contents
Cockney Rhyming Slang Origin.
How does Cockney Rhyming Slang Work?
A to Z of Original Cockney Rhyming Slang.
A - B.
Video: Walthamstow Market, East London.
Cockney Slang Words For Money.
C - D - E - F.
Video: Cockney Gangsters.
Celebrity Cockney Words.
G - H - I - J.
Common Cockney Sayings.
K - L - M - N - O - P - Q.
R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z.
Video: The Cockney Sparrow.
Why not invent your own slang.
Cockney Rhyming Slang Origin
Cockney Rhyming Slang is a traditional and fun extension to the English language which originated in the East end of London and is still being used today by many of the young and older East-end residents. These residents are known as Cockneys.
A cockney refers to the working class Londoner, particularly those living in the East End. A true Cockney is someone who is born within 'earshot' of the Bow Bells, the name of the bells of St Mary le Bow church in Cheap-side in London City, England.
Other parts of London and the UK have also adopted this language and It soon caught on throughout the world. Other styles of slang have been invented which are still being used today to conceal conversations. Cockney slangs popularity has been declining over the years due to east-enders moving out, and lots of immigrants who have settled in. However, cockney rhyming slang is still very popular throughout the world.
St Mary le Bow Church
How does Cockney Rhyming Slang Work?
It is impossible to understand what cockney people are saying at times, especially for the tourists. Even watching a British gangster film, TV soap or series it can make following a story impossible. With this handy guide, you'll soon have a Scooby Doo what's being said. Scooby Doo = Clue - Idea.
If you were to say the following cockney rhyming slang phrases as they appear, you'll only sound weird and not like a true cockney at all. Have a "Butchers" below and see if you or a friend can guess what they mean.
A - Z List of Original Cockney Rhyming Slang. Translations. Dictionary
A - B
Adam and Eve = Believe. I don't Adam and Eve it.
Alan Wickers = Knickers. Don't get your Alan wickers in a twist.
Apples and Pears = Stairs. She's up the Apple and Pears.
April Showers = Flowers. I gave her a bunch of Aprils.
Army and Navy = Gravy. Where's the Army & Navy?
Aristotle = Bottle. You've lost your Aristotle mate. Nerves, to Chicken out.
Artful Dodger = Lodger. Don't let the artful dodger know about that.
Ascot Races = Braces. She's wearing Ascot races.
Aunt Joanna = Piano. She plays a nice tune on the Joanna.
Ayrton Senna = Tenner. I'll give you an Ayrton Senna. 10 pounds.
Bag of Sand = Grand. I'm picking up three bags of sand..
Bakers Dozen = Cousin. I'm going to see my baker's dozen.
Bangers and Mash = Cash. I'm out of Bangers and Mash.
Barnet Fair = Hair. Check out his Barney.
Barney Owl = Row. We had a right Barney last night.
Barney Rubble = Trouble. I'm in a right Barney Rubble.
Battle Cruiser = Boozer (pub). Meet me in the battle cruiser.
Bees and Honey. Money. I ain't got no bees and honey today.
Berkshire Hunt = cu*t. He's a right cu*t. (Swear word)
Boat Race = Face. Nice legs, shame about her boat.
Bob Hope = Dope / Marijuana. I'm trying to get hold of Bob Hope.
Bob Marley = Charlie (Cocaine). The Bob Marley's really good if you need.
Bottle and Glass = @ss. He;s always sitting on his bottle.
Brown Bread = Dead. He's Brown Bread when I get my hands on him.
Brahms and Liszt = Pissed. I'm totally Brahms. Pissed means drunk/angry.
Brass Tacks = Facts. Those are the Brass tacks.
Bread and Honey = Money. He owes me a lot of bread.
Bristol City = Tit##y = Bre@sts. Check out the Bristol's on her.
Bricks and Mortar = Daughter. She's my bricks n mortar.
Bromley by Bows = Toes. He had it on his Bromley's.
Bunny Rabbit - Rabbit and Pork = Talk. He likes to rabbit.
Bubble and Squeak = Greek. He's a Bubble.
Bubble Bath = Laugh. There are three ways of saying laugh. You're having a Giraffe. You're having a Turkish, Turkish bath. You're having a bubble, bubble bath.
Butchers Hook = Look. Lets have a butchers.
Video: Walthamstow Market, East London - 1990s
Cockney Slang Words For Money
Shrapnel Is small change - either 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 25p 50p or pound coin. 50p. An edge. 1 pound coin. A nicker. A nugget. 5 pounds note. Bluey. Lady Godiva. Jacks. 10-pound note. Brownie. Speckled Hen. Cockle and Hen. Nigel Ben. Ayrton Senna (tenner). Pavarotti (Tenor). 25 pounds. A Pony. 30 pounds. Dirty Birtie. 50-pound note. Red. Hawaii five 0. A Bullseye. Nifty. 100 pounds. A Ton. A one-er. A long-en. 500 pounds. A Monkey. 1000 pounds. A Grand. 1K.
C - D - E - F
- Chalk Farm = Arm. I'll break your chalk farm if you don't stop messing around.
- Chevy Chase = Face. She's got a beautiful chevy.
- Chicken Oriental = Mental. You're Chicken oriental.
- China plate = Mate. Hello me old China.
- Cockle & Hen = Ten. He owes me a cockle.
- Cream Crackered = Knackered. I'm cream crackered. Very tired and exhausted.
- Current Bun = Sun. I'm gonna chill out in the current bun.
- Daisy Roots = Boots. She's got some nice daisies on.
- Dicky Bird = Word. I want a little dicky with you.
- Dicky Dirt = Shirt. Nice dicky.
- Didgeridoo = Clue. I ain't got a didgeridoo what he's saying.
- Dog and Bone = Phone. One minute, I'm on the dog n bone.
- Drum and Base = Place. I'll meet you at my drum.
- Duck and Dive = Hide. You need to duck and dive mate.
- Duck and Dive = Skive. I'm skiving off work. Not going. Lazy.
- Duke of Kent = Rent. He's behind on his Duke n rent.
- Eartha Kitt = sh!t. I'm dying for an Eartha.
- Eye Lash = Slash. (to urinate). I need an eye -lash.
- Farmer Giles = Piles. My farmers are playing up today.
- Frog and Toad = Road. I'm just going down the frog and toad.
Video: Gangster film - Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Celebrity Cockney Names: Old & New
Billy Piper's = Windscreen wipers. Britney Spears = Beers. Catherine Zeta-Jones = Moans. Captain Kirk = Work. Claire Rayner's = Trainers. Dame Edna Everage = Beverage. Damen Duff = Rough. Danny Dyer = Trier. Dolly Parton = Carton. Ewan McGregor = Beggar. Fatboy Slim = Gym. Gary Glitter = Shi##er. George Michael = Menstrual Cycle. Gloria Gaynor's = Trainers. Hank Marvin = Starving. Judi Dench = Stench. Lee Marvin = Starving. Myleene Class = @ss. Ricky Gervais = Face. Ron Weasley = Easily. Simon Cowell = Towel. Tom Hanks = Thanks. Veera Lynn = Gin. Vera Lynns = Skins/Rizla's.
G - H - I - J
Ginger Beer = Que#er. He's a right ginger. Que#r is a h@mos*xual.
Goosy Gander = Gander means to look. Have a goosy gander at that
Gregory Peck = Neck. Quick, get that drink down your gregory.
Haddock and Bloater = Motor. I'll give you a lift in my bloater.
Hampstead Heath = Teeth. She's got a nice set of Hampstead Heath.
Hampton Wick = Pric#. What a Hampton wick. pric#.
Harry Monk = Skunk. (Cannabis). Where can I get some Harry Monk?
Harry Monk = #punk. (Sp+rm) you've got no Harry mate. No guts.
Horse and Tram = Pram. That's a nice horse and tram.
Huckleberry Finn = Pin. I've lost my Huckleberry Finn. Bank pin number.
Jack and Danny = F#nny. what a load of Jack and Danny.
Jack Jones = Own. I'm on my Jack Jones. I'm alone.
Jacobs Crackers = Knackers. (testicles) Mess with me and I'll cut your Jacobs off.
James Blunt = Cun#. What a James Blunt.
Jimmy Flint = Skint. I'm Jimmy Flint. Skint means to have no money.
Jimmy Cliff = Spliff (marijuana joint). I need to see Jimmy.
Jimmy Riddle = Piddle (pee) I'm going for a Jimmy. To urinate.
Joe Daki = Paki. A derogatory term to describe Asians. P@ki = Pakistani.
Common Cockney Words
Bird = Good looking female or girlfriend. or she's a nice looking bird. Cushtie = to feel very good /sweet. I'm feeling cushtie. I'm Hammered = being very drunk / wasted. Knuckle Sandwich is a closed fist and what you'd give to someone via a punch to the face. Lovely Jubilee is an expression of something you like or approve of. Off Your Trolley means 'you must be crazy' or, you're very drunk / wasted. On your Bike = Get the hell out of here / Go fuc# yourself / No way. Plank means someone who's an idiot. He's a right plank.
K - L - M - N - O - P - Q
Kane and Able = Table. Let's sit at that Kane and Able.
Kettle and Hob = Fob. A fob pocket was used to carry a watch. Nice kettle mate.
Kyber Pass = @ss. Ill give you a good kick up the Kyber.
Laurel and Hardy = Bacardi. Don't forget to bring the Laurel.
Lemon and Lime = Time. What's the Lemon?.
Lemon Squeezer = Geezer. Geezer is slang for a guy/bloke.
Loaf of Bread = Head. Use your loaf.
Lionel Blair's = Flairs. Look at the size of the Lionel's on him.
Merchant Banker = W@nker. He's a right merchant banker.
Mickey Mouse = House. Meet me at my Mickey Mouse.
Mince Pies = Eyes. (Mince / Mincers) Get your mincers off my bird. Bird/Girlfriend.
Moby Dick = Sick. He's feeling well Moby Dick today.
Mork and Mindy = Windy. Its well Mork and Mindy today.
Mutt n Jeff. Mutton n Jeff = Deaf. Are you mutton?.
Nigel Ben = Ten. He owes me a Nigel. Ten pounds.
North and South = Mouth. He's gotta big north n south.
Oily Rag = Fag. Have you got any oily's? Fag = cigarette. Fag = gay.
One's and Two's = Shoes. I like your ones and two's.
Peckham Rye = Tie. I like your new Peckham & Rye.
Pen and Ink = Stink. You pen and ink mate. Stink. to have a bad smell.
Pie and Mash = Cash. Have you got any pie and mash on you?.
Pigs Ear = Beer. I'm dying for a Pigs Ear.
Plaster of Paris = Arris. I'll give you a right kick up your Arris.
Plates of Meat = Feet. Look how big her plates of meat are.
Pony and Trap = Crap. You're talking a lot of Pony mate. Crap means shi# / Poo.
Pork Pies = Lies. Stop telling porkies.
R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
Rabbit and Pork = talk = He doesn't half Rabbit on means he talks too much.
Radio Rental = Mental. That geezer (bloke/man) is radio rental.
Raspberry Ripple = Nipple. Did you see her raspberry ripples?
Raspberry Ripple = Cripple. I'll beat him so bad, he'll end up a raspberry.
Richard the 3rd = Turd. He smells like Richard the 3rd. Turd means Sh%t.
Roger Moore = Door. Who left the Roger open.
Rosy Lee = Tea. Would you like a Rosy Lee?. Tea is a hot drink/beverage.
Rub And Dub = Pub. I'll meet you at the rub-a-dub.
Ruby Murry = Curry. Fancy a Ruby tonight?.
Salmon and trout = Snout. (Cigarettes). Have you got any salmon?
Salt = a good-looking female. She's a salt. Not slang, cockney.
Sausage and Mash = Cash. Have you got any sausage and mash on you?.
Septic Tank = Yank. He's a septic Tank / American.
Scooby Doo = Clue. I don't have a Scooby Doo. (Clue/Idea.
Sherbet Dip = Kip. I'm having a sherbet. I'm going to sleep.
Skin and Blister = Sister. I'm going to see my skin n blister.
Skyrocket = Pocket. Look in your sky rocket.
Sweeney Todd = The Flying Squad.(Police) The Sweeney Todd is on my case.
Syrup of Figs = Wig.Look at that guys, you can tell he's wearing a syrup.
Tit For Tat = Hat. It's freezing outside. Where's my titfer?.
Tea Leaf = Thief. He's a right tea leaf.
Threepenny Bits = Tits (female breasts). What lovely threepenny bits.
Toby Jugs = Lug holes/Ears. Don't forget to clean behind your lugs.
Trouble and Strife = Wife. I'll be at my trouble and strife's.
Tom Tit = Shi#. I'm dying for a Tom tit. Shi#.
Tom Foolery = Jewellery. You got some nice Tom on mate.
Tommy Tank = Wan@. Go and have a Tommy Tank. Wan# is to masturbate.
Two and Eight = State. He's in a right 2 n 8 means he's in a really bad way/state.
Whistle and Flute = Suit. Nice whistle mate.
Video: The Cockney Sparrow
Cockney Sparrow - The House Sparrow - Passer Domesticus
Cockney sparrows are birds widely seen and heard in and around London, but unfortunately, now in decline.
All-right me-old cockney! A cockney sparrow is also a term used to describe the remaining old school traditional East Londoners who are also in decline because of the large amount of migrants who have moved in, and the cockneys moving out.
Any words or phrases 'not' listed here may not be truly original cockney rhyming slang = Mockney.
Why not invent your own slang.
I'm off down the frog and toad (road). I have bread n honey (money) in my sky rocket (pocket) to clear my Duke of Kent (rent). Then I'm off down the battle cruiser (boozer) to get Brahms and Liszt (pissed/drunk) before I give what's left to my trouble and strife, (wife).
© 2008 Tony T