- If you have ever wanted to be a part of the hip crowd, but just have
not been able to find the right word to fit in, you are in luck. Below
is a list of the slang often used by Frank Sinatra and the members of
the Rat Pack.
- As in "my bag," a person's particular interest.
- Barn burner
- A very stylish, classy woman.
- A male friend who acts as a 'cover', usually for extramarital affairs.
- A girl who dresses in flashy clothes.
- A resourceful man who can handle any situation.
- A "suitcase" word sometimes used in reference to the pelvic section.
- Any kind of failure in life.
- Affectionate term for a girl or woman with sex appeal.
- A person who is despised, most frequently linked to people in the
- A man who fails in almost everything he does, the opposite of gasser.
- A general term for anyone whose name has been forgotten. See also
- Admiring word for a woman's breasts.
- A young and invariably pretty girl.
- A word used to cover a multitude of personal observations: viz "I
don't like her clyde" means "I don't like her voice," etc.
- A term of admiration for a person or place. An alternative word meaning
the same thing is crazy.
- A man who is disliked for any reason whatsoever.
- Someone for whom it is impossible to show respect.
- A generally derogatory term for a probably unattractive woman. The
word dog is also sometimes substituted.
- A term of appreciation for a person or thing, as in "I dig her,"
- As in "I'm dying" which means "I'm slightly upset."
- A word to signify that someone or something is the very best.
- A term to express total failure, and similar to bombsville.
- A man who cannot be relied upon, whose loyalties are suspect.
- First base
- The start of something, usually applied in terms of failure when
someone has failed to reach it.
- As in "That fractures me," meaning "That's an amusing joke."
- A great situation as in "The day was a gas."
- A term for alcohol, more specifically, Frank's favourite drink, Jack
Daniel's Bourbon Whisky.
- A man or woman highly admired, considered to be the best or "The
- Someone who does menialjobs or runs errands, as in "go for drinks,"
- Good night all
- A term of invective to change the subject of conversation.
- As in "in the groove," a term of admiration or approval.
- A man or woman who acts in a stupid or naive fashion; sometimes shortened
to a "Harve."
- A word used to describe someone who is angry, as in "He's hacked
- A cry of surprise to no one in particular when a beautiful woman
- A jack-of-all-trades rather like the gofer.
- A term used to describe an actor's lines in a film script.
- Let's lose Charley
- A term used among intimates who want to get rid of a bore in their
- As in "All locked-up," a term for a forthcoming date or engagement,
private or public.
- Anyone who has made a mess of their life, drinks too much, makes
- Similar to loser but refers specifically to a woman who is
- Usually a small, very feminine girl who invites being cuddled.
- A term of failure, usually applied to a person, viz "He's nowhere."
- Used in connection with important decisions, as in "The odds aren't
right," meaning not to go somewhere, accept anything or buy something.
- 0riginal loser
- A man or woman without talent; sometimes more fully expressed as
"He (she) is the original Major Bowes Amateur Hour loser."
- Term for a man who is a gambler by nature, who makes friends easily,
and never gives up trying.
- Any undesirable, in particular mobsters, gangsters or criminals.
- Derisive term for any girl or woman who is an easy pick-up.
- As in "I think it's going to rain" indicating that it is time to
leave a dull gathering or party.
- A term of approval for a beautiful girl, viz "What a ring-a-ding
- Used in the same way as Charley for a person whose name has
been forgotten, most often applied to females.
- To cheat at gambling, as in "Hey, what's the scam?"
- To run off.
- A person who dresses well and with style.
- A word used to describe someone who is drunk. On occasions it has
been replaced with "pissed."
- A person of limited character, not unlike a harvey.
- As in "a ripe tomato" a woman ready for seduction or even marriage.
- A girl who loves dancing. An alternative word with the same meaning
is a "Twist."
- A suffix used to indicate changes in any given situation. See endsville,
- 18 karat
- All the way, full-out: "An 18 karat idiot."
- Cash out
- Leave, as in "Cash me out of this party" = "I'm leaving."
- A party or get-together.
- Having a big heart, generous. "You're platinum, pussycat!"
- Definite, reliable. (Note: this was also used by Linc in "The Mod
- v. To hang out and drink, smoke, sing, generally get real loose.
- Witch Doctor
- Member of the clergy.