20's Slang

Ab-so-lute-ly – affirmative
All Wet – describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, “he’s all wet.”
And How – I strongly agree!
Applesauce- an expletive same as horsefeathers, As in “Ah applesauce!”
Attaboy – well done!; also Attagirl!
Baby – sweetheart. Also denotes something of high value or respect.
Balled Up – confused, messed up
Baloney – nonsense!
Bank’s Closed – no kissing or making out – i.e. – “Sorry, Mac, the bank’s closed.”
Bearcat – a hot-blooded or fiery girl
Beat it – scam or get lost
Beat one’s gums – idle chatter
Bee’s Knees – An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate
Beef – a complaint or to complain
Beeswax – business, i.e. None of your beeswax."
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 term for a man or woman, sometimes meaning “odd,” i.e. “What a funny old bird.”
Blind Date – going out with someone you do not know
Bluenose – An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of “the Blue Nozzle Curse.”
Bootleg – illegal liquor
Breezer – an convertible car
Bronx Cheer – A loud spluttering noise, used to indicate disapproval. Same as raspberry
Bull – (1) a policeman or law-enforcement officer including FBI (2) nonsense (3) to chat idly, to exaggerate
Bull Session – Male talkfest, gossip, stories of sexual exploits
Bum’s rush – ejection by force from an establishment
Bump Off – To murder, To kill
Butt me – I’ll take a cigarette
Caper – a criminal act or robbery
Carry a Torch – To have a crush 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
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
Earful – enough
Edge – intoxication, a buzz. i.e. “I’ve got an edge.”
Egg – a person who lives the big life
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
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
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
It – Sex appeal
Iron – a motorcycle
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
Juice Joint – a speakeasy
Joint – A club, usually selling alcohol
Keen – Attractive or appealing
Kisser – Mouth
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
Middle Aisle – To marry
Mrs. Grundy – A priggish or extremely tight-laced person
Moll – A gangster’s girl
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
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
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
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
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
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
Upchuck – To vomit when one has drunk too much
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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20's Slang

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