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Top 100 Cowboy Expressions and Wild West Slang Phrases
- Above Snakes- Being above ground; alive.
- Ace-high- High class; upscale
- Ace in the Hole- A hideout; safe house, or a concealed gun.
- Acknowledge the Corn- To confess the truth
- A Hog-Killin’ Time- Having a really fun time
- Adam’s Ale- Water
- Airin’ the Lungs- To use profanity; cursing
- A Lick and a Promise- To do something haphazardly or half-assed.
- All Down But Nine- Failure to understand something. It comes from a bowling reference which means someone has missed all nine bowling pins.
- At Sea- Being lost or confused.
- Bad Box- To be caught in a bad situation.
- Bad Egg- A mean or untrustworthy person.
- Bad Hoss- A wild or misbehaved horse.
- Bag of Nails- Chaos; confusion.
- Baker’s Dozen- Reference to the number thirteen.
- Bake- An overheated horse that has been ridden too hard, long, or fast.
- Balderdash- Senseless; foolish.
- Bangtail- Mustang; untamed horse.
- Barn Sour- Reference to a horse that loves being in the barn, or is a homebody.
- Bazoo- A mouth.
- Bee In Your Bonnet- A good idea.
- Best Bib and Tucker- Nice clothes.
- Boil Over- Reference to a bucking horse.
- Bone Orchard- A graveyard or cemetery.
- Broom-Tail- Reference to a badly behaved or unattractive horse.
- Busted Off- To get bucked off a horse.
- Calamity Jane- Reference to the Queen of Spades card.
- Calf Slobbers- Meringue pie topping.
- Crackerbox- Reference to a bronc saddle used in rodeo competitions.
- Crack-Up- To gloat or brag.
- Crash- Coarse linen fabric.
- Crawl His Hump- To pick a fight.
- Crimany- Making a surprised exclamation.
- Caterwauling- Bad singing or to complain.
- Chew Gravel- To be thrown off a horse.
- Chiseler- A swindler or conman.
- Choke Strap- A man’s necktie.
- Coffee Boiler- A lazy person.
- Crowbait- Reference to a low-quality horse.
- Desert Canary- A donkey.
- Deuce- Alternative expression for the devil.
- Dice House- Bunkhouse; sleeping quarters.
- Dickens- Another alternative expression for the devil.
- Eatin’ Irons- Flatware; eating utensils.
- Fair to Middlin’- To feel pretty good; to be in a good mood.
- Fair Shake- To make a fair trade.
- Fit to Be Tied- To be mad or angry.
- Flannel Mouth- A smooth talker.
- Full As A Tick- To be drunk or full from eating too much.
- Gig- To put spurs on a horse.
- Ginnin’ About- To move around fast.
- Gitty-Up- Command used to get a horse moving; to get up and go.
- Give Him Jessy- To give a whipping or spanking.
- Give The Mitten- When a woman rejects a man.
- Get A Wiggle On- To hurry.
- Hair In The Butter- To be stuck in a tricky situation.
- Hang Fire- To procrastinate or delay.
- Hazing A Tenderfoot- To give a person from the city a hard time.
- Hen Skin- A bedroll or sleeping bag.
- Hide- To get spanked or beaten.
- Hifer- Someone that loiters or loafs around.
- Higgle- To haggle or bargain.
- Hoosegow- jail; the penitentiary.
- I Can Set With That- To be in agreeance with someone.
- In Apple Pie Order- To be in top shape or high quality.
- Indian Broke- Reference to a horse that was trained to be mounted from the right side instead of the left side.
- Lambasting- To receive a thrashing or beating.
- Lammy- Reference to a blanket.
- Light A Shuck- To leave or escape somewhere fast.
- Made His Jack- He hit his target.
- Nailed To The Counter- When you catch someone in a lie.
- Namby-Pamby- Someone that lacks strength and energy.
- Odd Stick- A weird person.
- Off One’s Feed- Not being able to eat; not having an appetite.
- Of The First Water- Elegant; first-class.
- Owl Headed- Reference to a horse that keeps looking around everywhere.
- Plumb- Being complete, whole, or entirely something.
- Prairie Coal- Dehydrated cow feces that are used to make fires.
- Pull In Your Horns- A warning to stop and back off.
- Quirley- A hand-rolled cigarette.
- Rocky Mountain Canary- Donkey used by Rocky Mountain miners.
- Roostered- To be or to get drunk.
- Scratching Rake- A hair comb.
- Shooting Iron- a handgun.
- Simon Pure- certain; fact.
- Squinny- To make someone wink, laugh, or smile.
- Taradiddles- Lies, myths, or tall tales.
- Ten-Cent Man- A short-sighted or narrow-minded man.
- That Dog Won’t Hunt- That argument or idea won’t work or come to fruition.
- Thunderation- To curse and use profanity.
- Too Much Mustard- Someone who is boasting or bragging too much.
- Uncorkin’ A Bronc- To break in a wild horse.
- Varmint- A bad man or wild animal.
- Waddie- Hired farmhand that tends cattle.
- Wanna Snort?- An alternative way to ask someone for a drink.
- Wild West Weekly- Series of cheap paperbound novels about various western adventures.
- Will Die Standin’ Up- To be or act brave.
- Wobblin’ Jaw- When someone talks or is talking too much.
- Yarn The Hours Away- To tell long stories.
- Yellow Belly- A person who lacks courage; a coward.
X [ edit]
- Xoxing Logs
- (U.S. Navy) (pronounced “zoxing,” derived from the trademarked Corporate name “Xerox“) Entering engineering log data eerily similar to the previous. hour’s log data.
- Executive Officer (2nd in command)
American Slangs list 5
Where is the best place to get some grub around here?Meaning: food
This music is really far-out.Meaning: great
The addict needs another fix.Meaning: dose of drugs
He is too flaky to do the work.Meaning: unreliable
At the wedding he had a flashback of his old girlfriend.Meaning: remembered
I haven’t seen a flick in a long time.Meaning: movie
He flipped out when he heard that his mother had been killed.Meaning: lost control
What kind of music do you have on the flip side of the tape?Meaning: other side
His older sister is a fox.Meaning: very attractive
She is a foxy lady.Meaning: sexy
The pillow was a freebieMeaning: a free thing
Get into something
I got into gardening in high school.Meaning: became seriously interested in
I listened to the joke twice, but I still don’t get it.Meaning: understand
Get with it
If you don’t get with it, we will never finish this work.Meaning: hurry up
I have a gig on Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00.Meaning: job
I’ll ditch my younger brother with my grandmother.Meaning: leave
Do a snow job on
Don’t try to do a snow job on me.Meaning: deceive
He is such a dope.Meaning: stupid person
There are a lot of dope dealers around here.Meaning: drug
He is such a dork.Meaning: strange person
I need some dough before I can go Christmas shopping.Meaning: money
Let’s go to a bar and down a few beers.Meaning: drink quickly
Doing homework on the weekend is a drag.Meaning: boring
This drink is really dynamite.Meaning: powerful; great
My grandmother gave me an earful about the neighborhood.Meaning: a lot of gossips
He is a couch potato.Meaning: a lazy person
Crack open a bottle
Let’s crack open a bottle for his birthday.Meaning: open
I need more time to cram for the test.Meaning: study hard
Our team creamed them badly.Meaning: beat
I feel like I am going to croak.Meaning: die
The skier was cruising down the hillMeaning: going very fast
He put the cuffs on the killer.Meaning: handcuffs
He has a really cushy job.Meaning: easy
Could you cut my whiskey with a little water?Meaning: dilute
It is late. I have to cut out.Meaning: leave
Let’s get the bill and find out the damage.Meaning: cost
This disco is really dead tonight.Meaning: quiet
He was decked in the fight.Meaning: knocked down
Her boyfriend has deep pockets.Meaning: is a good source of money
Slnag words list 3 with meanings and Examples
Watch out for the narks in the airport.Meaning: drug police
That was a neat idea that you had.Meaning: good
There are too many negatives about the company merger.Meaning: bad things
The police nicked the shoplifter as he was leaving the store.Meaning: arrested
He took a nip out of the bottle.Meaning: a quick drink
It’s no sweat to have the report in to you by Monday.Meaning: no problem
I’ll nuke our dinner in a few minutes.Meaning: heat up in the microwave
Does that attack plane have any nukes?Meaning: nuclear weapons
I think that he is a nut.Meaning: crazy person
You are completely nuts if you think I will go with you.Meaning: crazy
Don’t knock it if you can’t do it any better.Meaning: criticize
My dog gets knocked up once a year.Meaning: pregnant
Who was that knockout I saw you with last Friday?Meaning: stunning person
Shut up or i’ll give you a knuckle sandwich.Meaning: punch in the mouth
Watch out for all the kooks in this neighborhood.Meaning: strange people
You need to be more laid-back.Meaning: calm and relaxed
That is really a lame excuse.Meaning: an inadequate
I have heard that line a million times.Meaning: story
John is a loser.Meaning: annoying and useless
I exercise every day, but I can’t get rid of these love handles.Meaning: rolls of fat around my stomach
Try not to make waves around the office.Meaning: cause trouble
I am maxed out at my work and need to rest.Meaning: exhausted
He plays a mean violin.Meaning: performs well on
I have mega amounts of tomatoes in my garden this summer.Meaning: large
He made megabucks when he sold his company.Meaning: a lot of money
They are really in deep with each other.Meaning: deeply involved
In the bag
Everything is in the bag. There is nothing to worry about.Meaning: settled
This is a very intense situation we are discussing.Meaning: serious
I am glad you got yourself out of that jam.Meaning: trouble
Jerk someone around
Recently it seems like everyone is jerking me around.Meaning: wasting my time and causing me trouble
My roommate is a jock for the basketball team.Meaning: an athlete
The john really smells.Meaning: bathroom
What does strapping mean slang?
(stræpɪŋ ) adjective [usu ADJ n] If you describe someone as strapping, you mean that they are tall and strong, and look healthy.
What is goat slang for?
For those not familiar, this new version of GOAT refers to a word formed from an acronym: “Greatest of all time.”
What is dig in slang? Dig has another slang meaning. As a verb, it is used informally to mean ‘understand‘ or ‘take notice of something’, and also, very informally ‘to like.
What is a cooler slang? : a prison or jail They threw him in the cooler.
The Final Hurdle
Whether it’s to learn more about how other past civilizations lived, to make sense of old movies, books, or songs, or to foster a better understanding of your fellow Americans’ way of life — learning about different cowboy expressions is both fun and educational. Having knowledge about old school wild west slang and the more modernized cowboy expressions gives the outside world information about what life was like for American frontiersmen over 150 years ago, and what life is like for cattle ranchers today.
Being able to understand others helps us foretell how people may feel in a given situation and how they might react. Not only that, but having an understanding of different cultures’ ways of life and manner of speaking brings us together by fostering an understanding of what’s important to each other.