1920's Slang Words

Here is a list of 1920’s American slang to use in your stories! These are all accurate, as they came from my AP US History class. :blush: Hope this helps!

~ Ava

Bee’s Knees - An extraordinary person, thing, idea
Berries - is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee’s knees, As in “It’s the berries.”
Big Cheese - The most important or influential person. Same as big shot
Bluenose - An excessively puritanical person, a prude
Bump Off - To murder
Carry a Torch - To have a crush on someone
Cat’s Meow - Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee’s knees; The best or greatest
Cat’s Pajamas - Same as cat’s meow
Cheaters - Eyeglasses
Crush - An infatuation
Dogs - feet
Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls
Dumb Dora - a stupid female
Fall Guy - victim of a frame
Flat Tire - A dull insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan
Frame - To give false evidence, to set up someone
Gams - A woman’s legs
Giggle Water - An intoxicating beverage; alcohol
Gin Mill - An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar
Hard Boiled - a tough, strong guy
Heebie-Jeebies - The jitters
Hooch - Bootleg liquor
Hoofer - Dancer
Hotsy-Totsy - Pleasing
Jalopy - Old car
Joint - A club, usually selling alcohol
Keen - Attractive or appealing
Kisser - Mouth
Lounge Lizard - a guy that is sexually active
Moll - A gangster’s girl
Neck - Kissing with passion
Pinch - To arrest
Pushover - A person easily convinced or seduced
Ritzy - Elegant (from the hotel)
Scram - Ask someone to leave immediately
Sheba - A woman with sex appeal (from the movie Queen of Sheba)
Sheik - A man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)
Speakeasy - An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor
Spiffy - An elegant appearance
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
Torpedo - A hired gun
Upchuck - To vomit when one has drunk too much
Whoopee - To have a good time


*flashbacks on the times when Dora asks, “Where is the ____?” and its super obvious… I don’t know whether to feel bad for Dora or laugh… lol…? or not


Hey, look, it’s my name!

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Omg :rofl: I honestly thought the same thing

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No! :rofl:

Some of these are still in use today!

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I know! Isn’t that neat?

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Yes it is. I also like Linguistics too.

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