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Cockney Rhyming Slang from London

The world's biggest and most accurate dictionary of Cockney - plus the Cockney Blog, the Cockney Translator and much more! Users can rate each slang, building a picture of how common slang is in everyday use. 

This website is a source of information about London's famous language, Cockney Rhyming Slang. Loved by millions in London and all over the world, rhyming slang is humourous, cheeky, irreverent and changes with the times. It's continuously being added to as older phrases die away. It's part secret code, part in-joke, part criminal sublanguage and part just good, British fun. 

Click any of the alphabet letters above to get a list of all the rhyming slang we know of organised in dictionary form. 

Please note that because this website is ad-funded we have moved all the very rudest and most offensive terms out of public view. We hope to add a membership system shortly so you will be able to log in and find the rudest words we know you crave!


How the dictionary works

It's a user-generated dictionary with almost all slang contributed by real Cockney speakers. Once a piece of slang gets into the dictionary, other users can rate it classic, modern or mockney. 

Widely-used and recognised as Cockney Rhyming Slang from the good old days. Example: Apples and Pears

 

It might be new rhyming slang but if you've heard it used, rate it Modern. Example: Pete Tong

Never heard it being used? Reckon it's fake? What a load of old Pony. Rate it Mockney!


Slang by subjects

We've grouped some of the slang by subject area to make it easier for you to find the perfect expression!

Money
From a few shillings to a bag of grand, there are dozens of Cockney phrases about money. Cockney money slang
Weather
There's nothing Londoners love talking about more than the weather.

Cockney weather slang

Body
From the amusing to the downright rude, Cockney body slang is bound to cheer you up.

Cockney body slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang anyway?

From its roots in the marketplaces and back alleys of Victorian east London, Cockney rhyming slang emerged first as a thieves cant, a secret language used by the semi-criminal types. Via a long and chequered history, falling in and out of fashion, to its place embedded in British culture, we look at what CRS is, how it developed, and what it's future might hold. 

What is Cockney rhyming slang?


Latest articles from the blog

Popup PLONK Tasting in London


Did you know that "plonk" is really Cockney Rhyming Slang? The rhyme is PLINKETY PLONK, which rhymes with vin Blanc. It also echoes the sound of wine pouring into a glass. Very clever. It's one of those Cockney slangs that you probably use without even knowing it's Cockney Rhyming Slang.

5/29/2017

Ruby Murray Flavoured Pot Noodles - YES!


Check this out - spottted in a local Sainsbury's - Ruby Murray flavoured noodle-in-a-pot type snack. Fork inside!

5/29/2017

The Old Baked Plum


This is a new one on Uncle Fred - Baked Plum obviously means bum. Here's some Cockney graffiti found in 1986 celebrating the legend that was Rupert Murdoch.

5/10/2016

Nice Cup of Rosie Lee


Nice Cup of Rosie Lee

4/30/2016

Cockney Slang in the Wild - Ruby Murray Indian Takeaway


Cockney Slang in the Wild - Ruby Murray Indian Takeaway

4/17/2016

Cockney Slang in the Wild - The Rosy Lea Cafe, Wimbledon


Cockney Slang in the Wild - The Rosy Lea Cafe, Wimbledon

4/17/2016

Ronnie Barker - Rhyming Slang Sermon


Ronnie Barker - Rhyming Slang Sermon

1/17/2016

You What? He's Ukrainian


You What? He's Ukrainian

12/27/2015

Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry


Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry

9/8/2015

Apples and pears

This is the best-known rhyming slang out there. Let's take a look at it's origins. 

Apples and pears

Dog and bone

This slang is even used by non-Cockneys. It simply means "Phone". 

 


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