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Printable Cockney Rhyming Slang List and Quiz.

How can you have a conversation without people knowing what you are talking about? You could communicate using sign language, or whisper, or go somewhere private.

Or you could always do what they did in the East end of London in the middle of the 19th century and create your own use of slang words so that you could talk freely in public and yet no one else would have any idea what you were talking about.

Cockney rhyming slang was born of the desire to hide your activities and intentions from bodies such as, your employers, the police and the people who may inform your employer or police what you have been getting up to or what your planning on doing in the future.

The use of cockney rhyming slang wasn't designed for every 'Tom, Dick or Harry' to use, as that would defeat it's objective, however many of it's language has seeped into common use both in the UK and some foreign destinations.

Cockney rhyming slang is a much celebrated part of British culture that people in london especially still use today.



When is a bottle not a bottle? When it's an Aristotle.

When is a bottle not a bottle? When it's an Aristotle.

How does cockney rhyming slang work?

I am going to take probably the most well known example of Cockney rhyming slang to demonstrate how it works in it's use of language:

If someone said to you 'get up those apples' you may well wonder what they were talking about, this statement suggests with this sentence that they would like you to 'get up those stairs'. This is because apples and pears is cockney rhyming slang for stairs.

As you can see from this example some of the terms are only half rhymes and you drop the second word,( if the slang term contains more then one word that is).

Good luck with the quiz and I hope you find the list below it useful.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does 'Adam' mean?
    • Believe
    • Conceive
    • Receive
  2. What does 'Alan' mean?
    • Stickers
    • Knickers
    • Flickers
  3. What does 'Almond' mean?
    • Socks
    • Locks
    • Blocks
  4. What does 'Artful' mean?
    • Roger
    • Lodger
    • Forager
  5. What does 'Ascot' mean?
    • Places
    • Traces
    • Braces
  6. What does 'Baked' mean?
    • Seen
    • Teen
    • Queen
  7. What does 'Ball' mean?
    • Walk
    • Talk
    • Stalk
  8. What does 'Barnet' mean?
    • Chair
    • Pair
    • Hair
  9. What does 'Boat' mean?
    • Ace
    • Case
    • Face
  10. What does 'Boracic' mean?
    • Mint
    • Skint
    • Flint
  11. What does 'Bread' mean?
    • Money
    • Runny
    • Sunny
  12. What does 'Brown' mean?
    • Said
    • Fled
    • Dead
  13. What does 'Bubble' mean?
    • Seek
    • Creek
    • Greek
  14. What does 'Butchers' mean?
    • Took
    • Look
    • Crook
  15. What does 'China' mean?
    • Great
    • Bait
    • Mate
  16. What does 'Currant' mean?
    • Fun
    • Sun
    • Run
  17. What does 'Duck' mean?
    • Jive
    • Live
    • Skive
  18. What does 'Flowery' mean?
    • Tell
    • Bell
    • Cell
  19. What does 'George' mean?
    • Craft
    • Draft
    • Graft
  20. What does 'Jam' mean?
    • Car
    • Far
    • Bar
  21. What does 'Pen' mean?
    • Shrink
    • Think
    • Stink
  22. What does 'Plates' mean?
    • Meet
    • eat
    • Feet
  23. What does 'Pony' mean?
    • Strap
    • Flap
    • Crap
  24. What does 'Sherbet' mean?
    • Stab
    • Cab
    • Drab
  25. What does 'Rosie' mean?
    • Flea
    • Tea
    • key

Answer Key

  1. Believe
  2. Knickers
  3. Socks
  4. Lodger
  5. Braces
  6. Queen
  7. Walk
  8. Hair
  9. Face
  10. Skint
  11. Money
  12. Dead
  13. Greek
  14. Look
  15. Mate
  16. Sun
  17. Skive
  18. Cell
  19. Draft
  20. Car
  21. Stink
  22. Feet
  23. Crap
  24. Cab
  25. Tea

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 7 correct answers: Oh dear, that didn't go so well did it! I think some brushing up on your cockney rhyming slang is in order.

If you got between 8 and 15 correct answers: There is considerable room for improvement but you clearly have some knowledge of cockney rhyming slang.

If you got between 16 and 20 correct answers: Good result, although you still have some way to go before your fluent.

If you got between 21 and 22 correct answers: Great result, You could definately hold your own in a conversation.

If you got between 23 and 25 correct answers: Excellent you are clearly an expert when it comes to cockney rhyming slang.

List of words and threre cockney rhyming slang.

WordCockney rhyming slang

Suit

Whistle and Flute

Gin

Vera Lynn

Wife

Trouble and strife

Window

Tommy Trinder

Jewellery

Tom-foolery

Sick

Tom and Dick

Alone

Todd Sloane

Hat

Titfer/Tit for Tat

Theif

Tea Leaf

Wig

Syrup and Figs

Flying Squad

Sweeny Todd

Pocket

Sky Rocket

Sister

Skin and Blister

Snout

Salmon and Trout

Curry

Ruby Murrey

Pub

Rub-a-Dub

Trousers

Round the Houses

Turd

Richard the 3rd

Lies

Porky Pies

Tie

Peckham Rye

Fag

Oily Rag

Mouth

North and South

Deaf

Mutt and Jeff

Windy

Mork and Mindy

Eyes

Mince Pies

Head

Loaf of Bread

Flares

Lionel Blairs/Tony Blairs

Five Pounds/Fiver

Lady Godiva

Dance

Kick and Prance

Arse

Khyber Pass

Piano

Aunt Joanna

Piddle

Jimmy Riddle

Starving

Hank Marvin

Cheque

Gregory Peck

Road

Frog and Toad

Kid

Dustbin lid

Rent

Duke of Kent

Shoes

Dinky Doos

Shirt

Dicky Dirt

Word

Dicky Bird

Moan

Darby and Joan

Boots

Daisy Roots

Ten

Cock and Hen

Arm

Chalk Farm

Daughter

Bricks and Mortar

Facts

Brass Tacks

Soap

Bob Hope

Boozer

Battlecruiser

Cousin

Bakers Dozen

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