Ghetto Slang: Hood Slang Dictionary

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Ghetto slang word’s meaning

 “Shit bag” “Shit-bag”. From ” shit ” and ” bag “. “Shit” in this context is used as a negative term of respect or affection.

Slim Shady Slim Shady

A term of endearment used to express appreciation of someone or something. Often used to praise a person’s effort or achievement or to express sympathy.

 

Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors

A euphemism for masturbation, often used when a person is sexually aroused or nervous.

 

Smoke Weed, Man Smoke Weed, Man

A derogatory term for someone or something of low status or value.

 

Slacktivism

A term used to refer to any form of advocacy of radical, leftist or liberal causes.

 

Snicker

An exclamation of amusement at another person’s foolishness or incompetence.

Ace
Ace
Best friend, main man, a person who has someone’s back, or protection or who will go down for there friend or crew.
Aight
Short for “all right”, everything is cool,
or, a way of saying something is not great, and not bad, but in the middle like.
Ak
AK 47 gas-operated assault rifle.
All that
You think you hot, or the hottest, or the coolest.
B
B
An east coast term short for brother, or bro.
Baby Mama Baby Daddy
Baby Mama
Baby Daddy
A person you had a child with.
Back/Back up
1- Booty, but, nice looking round butt. Remember the song “Baby got back”.
2- Crew, people that will defend you and back you up in a situation.
Bail
Bail
To Leave, or go. Short for leaving someplace (usually
Bangin/ Bang
1- Short gang term for “Gang Bangin”
2- Girl with a ghetto body, big booty, slim waist
3- Term for sexing a girl.
Banger
Knife or a sharp weapon.
Bank
Bank
Money, cash
Baller
Ghetto term for money makers in the hood, be it by legal or illegal activities.
Also a term for a street basketball player.
Beef
Beef
Serious trouble with an individual, or group, or gang. It’s to have arguments or war.
Benjamins
Benjamins
$100 bills.
Benz
Benz
Short for Mercedes Benz.
Biscuit
Gun/butt
Blew it up/ Blew up the spot
When a Hip Hop crew (MC’s, BBOYS, WRITERS, DJ) gives a great performance that leaves the crowd or observers screaming.
Blunted
High Off of marijuana rolled in a Philly blunt (cigar).
Bolo/ BOLOS
1) Meaning: Be on the lookout.
2) Term used to describe a wild punch that was invented by famous boxer Kid Chocolate and used by Sugar Ray Leonard.
Bomb
1- A graffiti rampage on trains and walls, where you try and flood as many tags and throw ups as possible.
2- When fighting to throw as many big punches as to end the fight quick.
Break
1-The percussive part of an 70’s James Brown style record, where the drums play a funky beat. This we called the break, and is one of the key roots to Hip Hop music.
2- original NYC gang term for getting violent on someone, or a situation. Stems from the word Breaking Point.
Booya
1- sound of a shot gun blast
2- Used as an exclamation point
3- Name of a west coast Samoan Gangsta rap group
Break it down
1- To dissect a knowledge situation or concept, and explain it in a simple format
2- to get down in any aspect of culture, especially dance.
Buggin
Buggin means you trippin or wilen
Bust / Bus
To take action or fight/hit/punch/shoot gun.
Also can mean to dance, or get down
note: saying “bust a move” is incredibly corny and old now.
Busta
A person who is fake, phony, or a punk who can’t fight, or snitches.
Butter
When someone, something, or someone’s Hip Hop skills are great and smooth.
Buck/ Buck Wild
1- To shoot someone, or at someone.
2- To get crazy one someone, or violent on someone.
3- To get crazy with ones Hip Hop skills.
Bum Rush
1- When a crew or group of people rush the door or gates of a party without paying. Bum meaning person with no cash, rush meaning forcing there way in.
2- A person getting jumped/ beat up by a group of people.
But/Booty
1- When someone, someone’s skills or something is not good or is lacking.
2- Someone’s butt
Cheese/Cheddar
Cheese/Cheddar
Money, cash
Chill
Chill
Relax, stay cool.
Chin Check
Punch someone in the chin/ face, To test someone’s chin with a punch to see if they can take it.
Chips
Chips
Referring to casino chips, money, cash.
Chrome
1- Guns
2- Chrome car rims
Chucks
Short for Chuck Taylor Converse all stars sneakers, made popular in the 1970’s and were heavily popular in East coast Hip Hop and West coast Gangs.
Cipher
1- refers to a circle of people where Mc’s battle, and freestyle, or BBoys battles and get down. It is where BBOYS and MC’s get there real training and work on there skills.
2- in 5% religion (an NYC based religion made popular by rap artists like Brand Nubian and Wu Tang) it refers to the chosen and the non chosen, 5% and non 5%, and angels and devils..so forth.
Clock, Clockin
Clock, Clockin
1- Killin time
2- Punch someone in the head.
Clown walkin
New young Hip Hop dance style. Uses allot of footwork.
Cold
1- Short for cold hearted. Not nice, that’s not cool, what you did was cold.
2- Great, nice, good. Young people now use it to mean when something is great.
3- a word that expresses an attribute of something. Cold chillin, cold knock you out, Cold gettin down.
4- When your wrist cold
Cop
To buy, originally a term for buying drugs.
Crab
1-A ghetto girl with nothing happening and too much attitude. A slutty girl.
2- A person who has nothing to show for him or herself, and still likes to talk crap
Crackin/ What’s crackin/ Crackalackin
Whats happening.
Crew
A group of people who work together for a common cause. Originally a slang used by the Mob for a crew of men who work to rob, steel and extort money.
In Hip Hop a crew can also be a group of MC’s (rappers), BBOYS, WRITERS (graffiti artists).
Crib
Crib
A persons home.
Crooklyn
Crooklyn
Slang for Brooklyn
Cut up/ Cuttin the rug
Refers to gettin down, dancing.
Dead Presidents
Dead Presidents
Paper money.
Deep
1- A wise person, a person who speaks with great knowledge.
2- A large group of people traveling together to a party, or how a person rolls up to a club, or spot.
Def
Old school term for something great.
Deuce
Ghetto way of saying the number 2
22 caliber gun = deuce deuce
42nd street = forty deuce
Dilly/Dealy/What the Dealy
Whats the deal?, whats going on?.
Dip
Dip
1- Time to go, to leave.
2- Original Hip Hop rhyme started by members of the Furious 5.
Dip dive socialize
trying to make yall realize
that we are qualified
to rectify
to satisfy
to burn in desire, set them on fire
to boogie
Digits
Digits
Phone number
Dime
1- bag of weed
2- A snitch, the amount for a phone call in the 60’s and 70’s and that’s what it took for a snitch to make a call.
3- a way to tell a female or male to call you.
4- referring to Bo Derrick’s move TEN, a perfect woman with pretty face, and ghetto body
Dis
Dis
Short for disrespect
Dog/Dawg
1- friend that you can count on in times of trouble. A person who watches your back.
2- Old school NYC word for beating someone up.
Dome/Dome piece
A persons head. Usually referring to fighting and punching someone in the head, or shooting someone in the head.
Don
Spanish and Italian word for God father, or person of great respect.
They will put the word before there real name.
Dope/dopenes
1- Another word for someone or something great
2- Drugs, heroin
Do or Die
Do or Die
Slang for Bedstuy Brooklyn. Do or Die Bedstuy.
D.L/Down Low
D.L/Down Low
To keep something quiet, to protect a secret, shhh don’t tell anyone, or to lay low and not be seen for a while because of a situation.
Down by Law
An old school term for a person who is certified, or who has great credentials, great repoir in the streets
Dozens

A back and forth game of making fun of each others mothers, family, disabilities. This is no holds bar jokes where people get there feelings hurt, but you have suck it up. Mama jokes seem to be the most common and popular.-Your girlfriend is so stupid, the first time she used a vibrator she cracked her two front teeth.

-Your sister is so stupid, she went to the baker for a yeast infection.

-Your mother is so dumb, she couldn’t pass a blood test.
Your mother is so ugly, when he sits in the sand the cat tries to bury he

Drop Science
To teach street knowledge to other people, knowledge of self
Easy, Be easy
Easy, Be easy
Be smooth.
Ends
Short for make ends meet, to have or keep money.
Fade/Faded
1- refers to the Philly haircut where they fade the sides and the back to your skin
2- It’s to be high on drugs or liquor
Fakin jacks
To be phony or acting phony.
A person telling lies.
Fasho
For sure
Fiend
To be desperate for something, like a crackhead.
Fifth
Fifth
A fifth of bacardi.
Flava
To have style, pizzazz.
Flex
Flex
Referring to flexing muscle. To try and intimidate someone, or to prepare to fight someone.
Fly/Fly Girl/Fly Guy
A person who looks, dresses, and smells good. Always got there hair done, spends allot of time and money to make themselves look good.
Flow
1- to have plenty of money/ income flowing in due to legal or illegal activities.
2- An MC or Dancer who can move or rhyme nonstop smoothly without breaking there flow.
Forty
Referring to a forty ounce of beer.
Freestyle
1- Original term for a style of dance that came before house dance.
2- Off the top of the head, when an MC (rapper) rhymes with no pre written rhymes.
3- term for a form of Hip Hop dance that borrows from many styles of dance in and outside of Hip Hop and then freestyle’s it off the top of the head with no routines.
Fresh
Fresh
To be great, or brand new. To dance or rhyme, or do a great wild style graffiti piece. To dress nice and look good.
Front
Front
To fake something your not. Pretending to be tuff. To not show up for a situation or a fight.
Funk/Funky
1- It refers to a music style that originated with drummers in New Orleans like earl Palmer describing the type of sound they want to play.
2- It was a term also coined by James Brown referring to the music making people move and dance so much that at the end of the night the club would be/ smell funky from all the sweating and perspiration. so James Brown would say
3- refers to a style of music originated by the African American community. heavy bass, syncopated drums, and funky grooves.
JAMES BROWN, PARLIAMENT FUNCADELIC, SLY STONE.
4- FAKIN THE FUNK means to be fake in music or Hip Hop or on the streets. Or not really funky.
Foreally/Foreals/Foriila/Forealdo.
Slang for “FOREAL”
G
1- short for gangsta
2- short for grand, $1,000
Game
1- To have rap or the words to talk to a fly girl. Or to have words to get out of trouble.
2- To be down to do something, or ready to forward in a situation.
3- To be good at basketball, to always have a good game.
Geese
To rob a house. And fly like geese.
Get Down/Get Loose/Get buzy
They all mean to dance, jam, rock turntables, rock a graffiti piece.
Ghetto Bird
Ghetto Bird
Police helicopter.
Ghost
Ghost
To disappear, to leave inconspicuously, without know one seeing you.
2016 Rolls-Royce Car
Go Off
1- To let off physical energy like a bomb. To let loose and fight or get violent on someone.
2- To get down and dance with massive energy.
Grill/Grillin
1- another word for face.
2- To be stared at by another person with a mean face.
3-A thing in someones teeth
Grind/Grinding
When a drug dealer is on the streets selling drugs, he’s on the grind or grinding.
A person who is constantly hittin the streets to find ways to make money to survive in the hood legally or illegally.
Gritty
Street, dirty, diggin deep.
Gully
Ghetto tuff, gutter, raw, gangsta.
Hard Core
1- Real street raw. A person into street raw style Hip Hop music about street life, guns, murder, drugs. Raw Hip Hop, Not the party stuff.
2- when a person is into something, or an activity more than others.
Hard Rock
Hard Rock
An old school term for a New York thug or gangsta.
Hawk
1) To stare at or be stared at hard.
Originally this was from people of color who were stared at by store or shop owners/ workers who thought that you were gonna steal something. So the shop owner/ worker will follow you around the store and stare at you.
referring to a bird of prey with great vision.
2) Weapon
Heart
Heart
To have courage, to be brave
Holla
To call someone out, or contact someone.
Herb
1- A punk, or someone who is soft.
2- Marijuana, weed.
Home Skillet/Home Boy/Homey
1- Close friend from around the way.
2- Used to be a dis, when calling someone homely meant like a mamas boy, who never goes out.
Hood
Short for neighborhood, but refers to ghetto neighborhood.
Hood Rat
Refers to a girl from around the way (your block, hood) who has sex with every guy on your block/ hood.
Hot 110
Hot 110
And old school original graffiti term. When a writer (graffiti) writer or crosses out his enemies name, or a toy (week graffiti writer). He or she will write “hot 110” over there name.
Hottie
Hottie
Mid eighties term for a fine young lady. meaning she’s hot, She’s a hottie.
Hummin
1- Rhymes with bummin so was used to call someone a bum.
2- Person with bad breath.
Hustler
Person who is always on the grind trying to make money.
A person who never sits on his or her riches, but stays grinding for more money.
A person who does what ever it takes to make money legal or illegal.
Hype/Hype Man
1- To perform (Hip Hop)or play ball with great energy. To get hype with a burst of energy.
2- It is an MC who backs up a main rapper (in a rap group) to keep the crowd/ audience hyper during the performance.
I Ain’t the one
Short for “I ain’t the one to be messed with”.
Ice
Ice
Jewelry covered with diamonds
Ill
Ill
Way of saying something is so great it is sickening.
Iron Horse
Iron Horse
Subway train.
Jack
1- Term for robbing a person, or car jacking, steeling someone’s car.
2- Also a word similar to dude.
Jake
A cop, police officer.
Jam
1- Name of an old school original Hip Hop party in the parks, school yards, small night clubs, youth centers, and so forth.
2- A term for a cool funky record that someone really likes.
Jet
To leave in a hurry.
Juice
A persons street credibility. In the streets it means to have what we called Pull. Meaning we can make something happen.
Kicks
Sneakers, tennis shoes
Kickin
Good, appealing, great.
Know the ledge
To have knowledge or self and everything around you, to have street knowledge
Krump/Krumpin
New Hip Hop dance that just came out of the streets of LA, made popular by the movie “RISE”. Affiliated with dances styles like clown walkin, the stripper dance.
Krunk
1- To have a good time, and party hard
2- new style of Hip Hop music made popular in the Dirty South (Southern States) by artists like Lil John.
L
1- Short for elevated train platforms. Outside train stations.
2- joint
Lifted
A person who is high off drugs or liquor.
Mc
Master of ceremonies. In Hip Hop an MC was the original term for Rapper. Mic Controller.
Mack
Ladies man, a guy who can get any girl he wants. Made popular by the blaxploitation movie in the 70’s.
Mad
A term used to explain when something is extra huge, or great.
Math
Phone number
Murk
1- To kill.
2- To leave.
Newjack
A person wet behind the ears, who has no street experience, a rookie.
Non stop
Term takin from subway train terminology. Used to describe a party or situation or activity that won’t end for a long time. made popular in early Hip Hop rhymes.
Off
Shoot, Kill.
Old School/Old Schooler
A way of saying Back in the days in the streets, school of hard knocks. A person who was representing the streets back in the days. Early days of the streets.
One/One love
Street way of saying good bye. Bidding someone peace.
Latino people will say Uno.
Ox
A box cutter or razor blade
Parlayin
Chillin, relaxing
P.C
Punk City, a term for a special protective jail cell for inmates who are in danger within prison population. Usually meant for inmates who can’t fight or have no pull in the prison (they don’t know any one).
Piece
1- A gun
2- An outlined graffiti artwork with color fill ins, and decorated on a train, wall, or black book (hardcover graffiti book)
Played/Play yourself
1- To be discovered that your pretending your something your not, or to get caught in a lie.
2- when someone takes you for a fool. You usually get played by a so called friend or boyfriend/ girlfriend cheating on you.
Playa/Playa Hater
1- a guy who has tons of girls and manages to play them all at the same time.
2- A person who can play the streets and system to get what he wants.
3- It is a person who down plays another playas game.
Played Out
When a fad is over and old, and no one is doing it no more.
Pop/Poped
1- To shoot someone
2- To get busted by the police and sent to jail.
Rikers Island
A prison
Run it/ Run it back
1-What a stick up kid (robber) would say to a victim, if it’s for a bike, or a wallet or a chain.
2- Mean rewind, or try again, or bring it back.
Saggin
Wearing you pants low and most of the time with no belt. This style of dress originated in the prison system because they confiscated belts and shoe laces so an inmate can’t hang himself.
Sawed off
A sawed off shotgun, in which the barrel(s) are sawed off to become shorter, for the purpose of the pellets inside the shells to spread out over a vast area. The accuracy is lessened by this but a sawed off 12 gauge is a gully weapon to have.
Sazon
A type of Puerto Rican food seasoning that gives Spanish food it’s flavor. The term is used by Puerto Ricans to describe someone with style and flavor.
Scrilla
Money
Scrub
1- Originally a sports term for a person who sucks at a particular sport.
2- A term used by material girls/ gold diggers to describe A dude with no money, no car, no class, but he fronts and tries to get material girls.
Serve
To beat someone in a Hip Hop Battle. MC battle, BBOY battle, Graffiti battle, DJ battle.
Shank
A home made knife made in prison out of any object that can be sharpened.
Shorty
1- Originally a gang term for a young kid from the neighborhood.
2- A cute/ fly ghetto girl/ honey.
Skeezer
80’s term for slut.
Snuff/Sneak/Snuck
To sneak a punch or an attack on someone when there not lookin.
Spittin
1- When an MC (rapper) starts rhyming.
2- It is when a person is flirting with a female.
Stack chips
To make money and save it, or put it away, then go out and make more money. A term for hustlers.
Straight
Everything is OK.
An individual is OK.
Strapped
Packing a gun.
Tag
Writing your nick name on a wall or train.
Tax
Forcibly take your money like the government. To rob.
Thorough
When something is cool, good , or safe it’s thorough.
Toy Cop
Security guards who act like there real cops.
True Dat
Means that is true.
Twisted
Don’t get it wrong, or don’t get me wrong. Don’t mess around.
Up North
A prison North of NYC. Clinton Correctional Facility.
Uptown
The upper parts of Manhattan. Anything above 100st. Harlem, Spanish Harlem and upwards.
Up/Get up
A writers (graffiti) main goal is to gain fame. To get up, is to gain fame by bombing the system (trains, walls, busses) with as many tags and throw ups.
Vic
Short for victim. A stick up kid (robber) term for a potential victim.
Wack
Not good, terrible. Referring to someone’s skills, clothes, situations.
Wax
1- An LP or record. A DJ term for records.
2- Means to keep it cool
Whip
1- a nice looking expensive car.
Wreck/Wreck Shop
To accomplish or destroy.
Xerox
To Copy
Youngin
A young person
Zootie/Zooted/Zootie Bang
High on angel dust, PCP.
22
22 caliber gun
24/ 7
24 hours 7 days a week. Meaning your doing something all day and all night.
38
38 caliber gun
40
40 ounce of beer
44
44 caliber gun
411/What’s the 411
Imformation, gossip, rummors. Stems from telephone information servcice.
808
Roland 808 drum machin sounds. Refering to one particular bass beat sound made popular in early 80’s NYC Hip Hop, now used in most Dirty South music as well as Miami Bass music.
No half steppin
Don’t half step, don’t half fast. Put 100 % into your efforts not 50%.
Catch this fade
When you wanna fight
Ginsu
Ginsu
Knife
C4
C-4 (explosive)
RDX
RDX, an initialism for Research Department explosive,[2] is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications. It was developed as an explosive which was more powerful than TNT, and it saw wide use in World War II.
Marquise
Marquise
A diamond; Marquise cut diamonds are very sparkly.
AMC Pacer
AMC Pacer
Ugly car.
Ford Excursion
Ford Excursion
Ugly car 2.
Toe tag

1. A method of identification of bodies in a morgue. A label on string tied to a deceased persons toe with their name and other information on it. Anklebands (like the wristbands you get when you visit a hospital) are now more common.2. (Slang) To kill somebody.

Maafa
Maafa
Maafa (or African Holocaust, Holocaust of Enslavement, or Black holocaust as alternatives) are terms used to describe the history and ongoing effects of atrocities inflicted on African people.
Echelon
Echelon
“Echelon” is a level of rank, achievement or reputation.
Ted DiBiase
He was a wrestler. He was called the “Million Dollar Man”, a millionaire who wore a gold-studded, dollar-sign-covered suit.
Cheeba & Ganja
Marijuana
Strong Island
Nickname of Long Island
Sheepskin
Sheepskin
It is a jacket that were popular in East Coast cities in the ’70s and ’80s.
New York Hot Tracks
It is another classic NYC throwback. It was a television show guest hosted by The Beastie Boys and Run DMC, among others. It was cancelled in 1989.
Mr. Magic
John Rivas, was a prominent hip hop radio DJ.
Nu Nile
Nu Nile is a hair product that made African-textured hair look really slick back in the day.
Stush
Conceited, superior, having an air of rude hauteur particularly with regard to personal appearance – but with good reason.
Sirat al-Mustaqim
It is an Arabic term for the Islamic concept of the straight path, or the way of life which makes God happy (it’s a quote from the first Surah in the Quran: Surat Al-Fatiha)
Deen
It is a common Arabic term that is associated with religion. In Islamic context, it refers to a way of life that that is pleasing to God
“Talking out your neck”
It is a jive phrase that essentially means to lie.
Jezebel
Jezebel
A woman who is regarded as evil and scheming.
“Poppin’ yang”
Means talking trash.
Clock G's
Clock G’s
It’s ambiguous: It means sell drugs, but also receive thousands of dollars.
NSFW
Not Safe For Work.
Cap peeling
It’s the act of shooting someone in the head.
Fugazi
Means fake in Italian slang.
Tanqueray
A London Dry Gin. It is sold a various proofs, but the lowest seems to be 80 (or, around 40% abv). It is, in other words, a very strong drink.
Gazelle
It was a popular brand of glasses.
Jellies
Jellies
They were shoes made of plastic.
Cazal
A pair of sunglasses
Tote
Synonym for carry
Ringolevio
It is a game, in which the seeking team would try to grab kids on the hiding team and hold them long enough to say ‘Ringolevio 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3’.
Inf
Inf
Infrared beam
Bogart
Means to hold something, usually a drink, joint, cigarette, etc., for a long time without sharing it.
Herringbone
It refers to a weaving pattern of broken V-shapes, called such because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish
PCP
PCP
Angel Dust
Big up
A Jamaican term of encouragement or otherwise good cheer.

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  1. Wanted to make a correction. The word skeezer was more appropriately spoked as skank. It was mostly used to describe a not so hot lassie. But it was always used to describe any defect in the ladies. Almost nobody used skeezer
    If I were at a party and there was a girl there that was always with many guys I would call her a SKANK.

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