Slang C-F

1950s Slang (C-F)

Candy ass Wimp or easily scared
Cast an eyeball To look
Cat A hip person (Beats)
Chariot Car (Beats)
Chili A good deal (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Cherry Originally, an unaltered car. Later, anything attractive (hot-rodders, originally)
Chrome-plated Dressed up (hot-rodders, originally)
Circled Married
Classy chassis Great body
Cloud 9 Really happy
Clutched Rejected
Clyde Term of address, usually for a normal person (Beats)
Come on snake, let’s rattle ask a girl to dance or a guy to fight (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Cook, cookin’ Doing it well
Cooking with gas finally doing it the easy or best way (thanks to Karl for this)
Cookie a person, “man that cat is one cool cookie” (courtesy of Vicki Lipira)
Cool Indefinable quality that makes something or someone extraordinary
Cool it Relax, settle down
Cooties Germs/imaginary infestations of the truly un-cool (courtesy of Jaena Campos)
Cowabunga expression from 50s tv show “Howdy Doody” (courtesy of Dr. Bob)
Cranked Excited (Beats)
Crazy “Like crazy,man” Implies an especially good thing
Cream Originally, to dent a car. Later, to badly damage (hot-rodders, originally)
Cruising Driving around looking for action
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’ Looking for trouble
Cube A normal person
Cut the gas Be quiet!
Cut out Leave


Daddy-O Term of address (Beats)
D.D.T. (Drop Dead Twice) Response: What, and look like you?
Deuce A 1932 Ford (hot-rodders)
Dibs A claim – as in “got dibs” on that seat
Dig To understand; to approve
Dolly Cute girl
Don’t have a cow Don’t get so excited
Don’t flip your wig Don’t get so excited
Dough Money (thanks to Harper Calico for this)
Drag (hot-rodders) A short car race; (Beats) A bore
Drowning nothing is going right or boredom (thanks to Ellie Kronberg)
Duck Butt or D.A. Hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle, then with end of comb, make a middle part.
Due backs Pack of cigarettes (courtesy of Jim Hip)


Earthbound Reliable
Earth pads Shoes (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Easy A girl who “puts out”
Epistle Letter
Eureka an epiphany or sudden awareness
Eyeball to look around (courtesy of Ellie Kronberg)


Fab The best of something
Fake Out A bad date
Fast Someone who was sexually active
Fat City A great thing or place; Happy
Fire Up Start your engine (hot-rodders)
Flat out Fast as you can
Flat-top Men’s hairstyle. A crewcut which is flat across the top
Flick A movie
Flip To get very excited
Flip-top A convertible car
Flip Top Box A car with a retractable hardtop (courtesy of Carol Allen)
Flip Your Lid To go crazy, as in “He must’ve flipped his lid.” (courtesy of Carolyn Tomlins)
Floor it Push the accelerator to the floor (hot-rodders)
Flatter bum Good looking guy (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Fracture To amuse
Fream Someone who doesn’t fit in
Frat Someone who is “in” and “popular” (thanks to Janis Uglis for this)
Frosted Angry

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