The Teen Slang Dictionary for Parents

Learn What Your Teen is Really Saying!

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In each generation, teens tend to have a language all to themselves based on what is going on in the teen culture at the time. Teen slang is constantly changing, especially since so many kids are online. Texting and messaging have their own language among teens.

As parents, it is hard to keep up! You may hear one word today and figure out its meaning and then never hear your teen speak it again.

Below is a very basic list of teen slang.

It will help you decipher the teenager's code, but it will not have everything.If you hear your teen say something that you don't understand, do a quick search for it.

The website Urban Dictionary is dedicated to keeping up with today's slang and is a resource that parents can use (be warned that it is user submitted content and is not very PC - that's politically correct - at times). There are even phone apps that can help you translate teen slang.

Teen Slang Dictionary

Awks - Awkward

Bae - Boyfriend, girlfriend or someone you love.

BF/GF - Boyfriend or Girlfriend

BFF - Best Friends Forever

Bra - Alternative pronunciation for 'Bro'

Bounce - To leave.

Bye Felicia  - To dismiss someone who is unimportant. It is not meant to be nice but instead is a sign of disrespect because the person's real name is not used.

Cancel - A rejection of a person, place or thing.

Cheddar - Money

Chillin' - Just relaxing

Creeper - Someone who is socially awkward or tends to have stalker tendencies.

Dope - Cool or awesome

Emo - Emotional or a drama queen

Fam - Short for 'family' and also refers to a tight group of friends.

Fly - Boys tend to refer to girls they think are good looking as 'fly'.

Hater or h8er - This is in reference to someone who just hates everything, even their friends.

It is someone who is so pessimistic that your teen is tired of hearing from them.

Hardcore - Means that something is intense. Generally said about something that is a good experience, but also used when something bad is happening to a friend.

Ho - Whore

Hook up - Sexual activity of some kind, though it could be as innocent as a kiss.

My bad - 'My mistake'

Lit - Something that is amazing.

n00b - A person who doesn't want to learn. Yes, those are zeroes.

OMG - An abbreviation for "Oh My Gosh' or 'Oh My God!'

POS - Also MOS or DOS. Abbreviation for "Parents Over Shoulder" (or Mother/Dad). Used often when texting or messaging, this is how your teen may tell their friends that you're reading their messages.

Rides - Sneakers or shoes

Savage - Something or someone who is hardcore.

Ship  - Short for 'relationship.'

Sick or Ill - No, this no longer means someone doesn't feel well. It's used as a description of something or someone who is cool or awesome.

Squad - A group of girls that hang out together regularly.

Thirsty - Trying to get attention.

Throw Shade - Give someone a dirty look.

Tight - In a close relationship.

Tool - Refers to someone who is stupid or a geek.

Wanksta - Refers to a person trying to act tough, but who isn't really pulling it off.

YOLO - Abbreviation for 'You Only Live Once.'

Compound Teen Slang

Also, today's teen slang tends to throw words together to combine their meanings. Here are some of those:

  • Chillaxin - A cross between chillin' and relaxing.
  • Crashy - Crazy and trashy. Not considered to be good.
  • Crunk - A cross between crazy and drunk. Some teens use this term to mean cool.
  • Hangry - A mix of hungry and angry. Used to describe that point where you are irritable because you have not eaten.

  • Requestion - A cross between a request and a question.
  • Tope - A cross between tight and dope.

Slang Parents Should Watch For

Teen slang can also be used to disguise bad behavior. These words should be warning signs to parents because they may indicate your teen is involved with or interested in drug, alcohol or sexual behavior.

Molly - MDMA, a dangerous party drug

Netflix and Chill - Having sex with someone or just 'hooking up.'

Pron - Porn

Turnt Up - To be high or drunk

Zip Ghost - Someone who is very high on marijuana to the point that they have a hard time functioning.

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