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The 1960s era had some of its own slang where some of these began in the 1960s era while others were just passed down. Some of these words and phrases are still used by our kids and grandchildren. Many of these slang phrases are now part of the dictionary with the slang meaning.   Do you remember some of these 60s slang? If you can think of anymore please email me at the60sofficialsite@verizon.net  or leave a comment in the Guestbook so I can include them on the site. Enjoy

  1. Afro - black hairstyle - [Thanks to Ed from Switzerland]
  2. A Gas - Having a lot of fun. 
  3. All Show and No Go - Pretty car. Nice wheels and so forth. Looks good put has no go power. 
  4. Ape: Used with verbs gone or went. (i.e. "When I came home an hour late my parents went ape.) 
  5. BA - Could mean Bare All or Bare Ass. 
  6. Bad - Awesome 
  7. Bad Ass - Tough guy 
  8. Bag - Meant to steal. Who bagged my wallet? Also "what's your bag?", which meant "What's your problem?" 
  9. Ball - To Party as in Little Richard's song "Good Golly Miss Molly, you sure like to ball." Also meant to have intercourse. 
  10. Beat Feet - Leave the area quickly.
  11. Bird - middle finger or aircraft 
  12. Birth Control Seats - Referred to cars with bucket seats 
  13. Bitchin' - Good, great, or awesome 
  14. Blast - Had a great time like "I had a blast at the dance." 
  15. Blew the doors off-  easily beat the other car in a drag race [Thanks to Carolyn Evans of Mayfield, Kentucky]
  16. Blitzed - Drunk 
  17. Book - Leave the scene 
  18. Bookin' - Going real fast 
  19. Boss - Cool or fantastic - The new album I just bought is boss! 
  20. Bread - Money 
  21. Bread 'n Butter - when two folks were walkin 'n down the street and were seperated by a pole, tree, parkin meter, etc. [Thanks to Thumpa of Sarasota, Florida] 
  22. Brew - Beer 
  23. Brody or Brody Out - To skid half a circle with your brakes locked up. 
  24. Bug Out - Leave the premises 
  25. Bum a Smoke - Borrow a cigarette from another person [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio] 
  26. Bummed Out - Depressed 
  27. Burn Rubber - Squeal out with your tires spinning and leaving rubber on the asphalt. 
  28. Candyass - A Wimp or uncool thing or person. 
  29. Cat- Guy 
  30. Catch some Z's - Go to sleep [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  31. Cherry - Pristine or mint condition. That car is cherry! 
  32. Chick - girl or woman 
  33. Chicken (To Play) - Two cars drive head on towards each other and the first to pull away is a coward. 
  34. Chinese Firedrill -  A Car is stopped at a red light and all occupants of the car get out of the car and run around it and get back in the car while holding up traffic. 
  35. Church Key - Before pop top cans, there were openers that were designed to puncture the beer can to drink from it. 
  36. Chrome Dome - Bald Man [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  37. Clean - Exceptional looking i.e. That's a clean looking Chevy [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio] 
  38. Cool - Nice 
  39. Cool Head - Nice guy 
  40. Cool Pipes - Mellow sounding exhaust system [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  41. Cop a Feel - Touching a girl's no touch zone pretending it was accidental. 
  42. Cotties - Unkind remark, As in "Stay away she's got cooties" (bugs) [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  43. Crash - go to bed / sleep [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO] 
  44. Cruising - Driving up and down the strip, street or town looking for members of the opposite sex. 
  45. Cutout - leave the scene or area (also see Split) [Thanks to Slolne from NY] 
  46. D.A. - Guy hair style. Combed like a duck's ass [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  47. Decked Out - All Dressed Up 
  48. Dibs - Used with the word got. "I got dibs on that seat." Meaning you own it. 
  49. Dig - Do you understand? 
  50. Ditz - An idiot 
  51. Don't Flip Your Wig - In other words don't go ape. 
  52. Don't Have A Cow - (See above) 
  53. Don't Sweat It - Don't let it bother you.
  54. [COMMENT><] - undercut all levels of low humanity or crap [thanks to Joel of Richmond VA]
  55. Drag - Race for a short distance. Also means dull. Also, a puff from a cigarette. 
  56. Drop a Dime - use the pay phone [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  57. Dude - A geek 
  58. Fab - Fantastic 
  59. Fag - A cigarette [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio) 
  60. Far-out - awesome [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO] Also see outta sight 
  61. Fine as Wine - Good-looking - as The guy or girl is "fine as wine" [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio] 
  62. Fink - Tattletale 
  63. Five Finger Discount - Anything acquired by theft 
  64. Flake - A useless person 
  65. Flip Flops - Thongs that you wore on your feet 
  66. Floor Box - floor mounted transmission shifter [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  67. Flower Child - A Hippie 
  68. Foam Domes - padded bras [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  69. Four on the Floor - See Floor Box [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  70. Fox - An outstanding looking chick - also Foxy Lady (also see "Stone Fox")
  71. Freakin' Out - getting excited or a panic attack [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  72. Fuzz - The Police 
  73. Give me Some Sugar - Give me a kiss - [Thanks to  
  74. Go All The Way - Have Sex 
  75. Going Steady - Dating only one person 
  76. Groovy - Nice or neat marvelous also Goovin'
  77. Glasspacks - Mufflers lined with fiberglass to muffle the sound. The shorter the muffler the louder the sound. 
  78. Gum Ball Machine - the old fashion lights on a police cruiser [thanks to Gloria Damron of Sebring, Ohio] 
  79. Hacked or Hacked Off - Mad or teed off. 
  80. Hairy - Out of control 
  81. Hang Loose - Take it easy 
  82. Hauls Ass - A car really moves. "Tom's Chevy sure hauls ass."
  83. Head - someone who used drugs [thanks to Phillip Millenbah]
  84. Heavy -  deep, needing a lot of thought and contemplation. [thanks to Ed Hodgkins of Greensboro, NC]
  85. Hickey - See Love Bite 
  86. Hip - Very Cool 
  87. Hodad - a non-surfer, just hangs around the beach 
  88. Hopped up - Souped up like a car 
  89. Hunk - What a girl calls a good looking guy 
  90. Kissup - Teacher's Pet or person that will do anything to please another person in authority. 
  91. Later - Goodbye 
  92. Lay A Patch - Burn rubber with car wheels as you leave 
  93. Lay It On Me - Tell me or speak your piece 
  94. "Let's hat up" - generally used in the military. Since you had to wear a hat while in uniform while outside so when leaving a building you would say "lets hat up." [Thanks to T. Wertz from Salt Lake City for sending that one in. I remember that expression well.] 
  95. Lid -[COMMENT> a measur]
  96. Loaded - Intoxicated or drunk 
  97. Love Bite - Also known as a hickey - Red mark on a person made by suction of a kiss by lips and tongue. [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio) 
  98. Luggage - Heavy burden as in "That's some luggage your are carring. Bags under the eyes from lack of sleep [Thanks to   
  99. Make Out - Kissing 
  100. Meanwhile Back At The Ranch - It was used to get the storyteller back on track to the story he was telling. In other words, get to the point. It was meant to keep it short. Phrase came from serial westerns. 
  101. Midnight Auto Supply - Auto parts stolen 
  102. Mill. Engine - As in, "What kind of mill you running in that thing?" [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  103. Moo Juice - milk [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio] 
  104. Moon - To drop your pants and show your bare butt 
  105. Mosquito Fogger - car burning oil [thanks to Carol of Sanford Manitoba] 
  106. Neato - Sharp 
  107. Old Lady or Old Man - Referred to Mom and Dad [Now a days may refer to wife of husband] 
  108. On the Rag - in a foul mood [thanks to Greg Stotesberry, Tecumseh Mo] 
  109. Open Pipes - Loud car without mufflers. "Hey man, sounds like you're running open pipes" [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas] 
  110. Outta Sight or Out of Sight - awesome [Thanks to Johnny Clavin from New Orleans] Also see Far Out 
  111. Pad - place you live [Thanks to Susan Schmitt from Rock Hall, Maryland] 
  112. Padiddle - A car with only one headlight working. [thanks to Gloria Damrod from Sebring, Ohio] Also see below.
  113. Padink - A car with only one headlight working. [Thanks to Carol Creeden, Indiana] 
  114. Panties in a Twist - Don't get upset [Thanks to  
  115. Passion Pit - Drive-in Movie 
  116. Pedal Pushers - calf high pants worn by girls called today "capris" [thanks to Carol Ann-Cella-Kirner West Caldwell, NJ] 
  117. Peel Out - Burn or leave rubber with your car 
  118. Pig - Cop or a Promiscuous Girl 
  119. Pig Out - Overeat 
  120. Pink Slip - car title or firing or laid off notice from a job [submitted by Susan Schmitt from Rock Hall, Maryland] 
  121. Pits, the  worst, nasty, bad, awful, meaningless (i.e. "this place is the pits") [Thanks to Thumpa Clift, Sarasota, Florida]'
  122. Pot - Marijuana 
  123. Pound  - To beat up somebody i.e. "I'm gonna pound you." [Thanks to Jan Johnston of Plymouth, Michigan for this one.] 
  124. Queer - Something to be considered dorky or dumb, as in: Those shoes are so queer! Also, a derogatory slang word for a homosexual person. [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio) 
  125. Rap - to talk [thanks to Mary Klett from Florida for this one]
  126. Ratfink - informer [thanks to Mark Hassard of Canada]
  127. Retard - A really socially inept, dorky person (insensitive word to use today) [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Columbus, Ohio]  
  128. Rave On - Please keep it going - [Thanks to Andrea Fox from North Carolina] 
  129. Ride - car, truck, or motorcycle [thanks to Greg Stotesberry, Tecumseh Mo] 
  130. Right On -  exactly or I second that. [Thanks to Nina Gilberti from Philadelphia] 
  131. Score - Going all the way with a girl 
  132. Shades - Sunglasses 
  133. Sharp - Real Good Looking [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio] 
  134. Shine me on - when someone was ignoring or trying not to notice your presence.  For instance: Why were you shining me on yesterday? [Thanks to Laura Nestor of California] 
  135. Shotgun - Passenger seat in the front seat of a car next to the door. The place of honor. You had to call out "shotgun" first to win the honor. Once you vacate the car the honor is once again up for grabs. 
  136. Skag - An ugly girl 
  137. Skank - See Skag 
  138. Skirt - A girl 
  139. Skuzz - Low down, disgusting person also used as Skuzz bucket which could mean an ugly car as well. 
  140. Slam Book - a pass around book filled with questions to answer on your fellow classmates. [Thanks to Jan Johnston of Plymouth, Michigan]  
  141. Slug Bug/Safety Pin - If you see someone with a Volkswagon beetle you yell out Slug Bug. But if the person you intend to hit yells Safety pin, you can't hit them. [Lindalee Stuckey, Illinois]   
  142. Slut - very promiscuous girl   
  143. Split - leave the scene or area (Also see Cutout) [Thanks to Slolne from NY]   
  144. Solid - I got it or I'm with you [Thanks to Nina Gilberti from Philadelphia]   
  145. Square - Somebody not cool   
  146. Stacked - A girl well endowed or built   
  147. Stoned - High on pot [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO]  
  148. Stone Fox - Extremely beautiful girl [thanks to Cindy from South Carolina] 
  149. Stood up - No show on a date 
  150. Stuck Up - Conceited 
  151. Submarine Races - Parking next to a water shore to wait for the submarine races to which of course was only an excuse to park and make out. For your information there were no such thing as a submarine race. 
  152. Swapping Spit - French Kissing to the maximum 
  153. Sweat Hog - Fat Chick or Fat Guy
  154. Teeny Bopper - Thought of as a boring teenager or very young teenager [thanks to Phillip Millenbah]
  155. The Bird - The Middle Finger 
  156. Threads  - clothes [thanks to Mary Klett from Florida for this one] 
  157. Toke - taking a puff on a joint [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO] 
  158. Tough or Tuff - Great looking or cherry "She sure is a tough chick" 
  159. Toys in the attic or she's got toys - a young woman too immature or naive for her age [thanks to Ed Robinson of Denver, CO] 
  160. Trippin' - a high unusual experience like high on drugs
  161. Twitchin - Like Bitchin and means the same thing. [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO] 
  162. Wedgie - When somebody pulls your underwear up from the back and ends in the crack. Some of today's underwear are made for that purpose; they call them thongs. 
  163. Weed - marijuana [thanks to Daniela from El Paso, TX] 
  164. Wiz, Take a - Urinate 
  165. Woody - An erection 
  166. Zits - Pimples 

 

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