1960s Slang

Peace-and-Love-89273072The Sixties like any other decade had its own unique problems, concerns and good times. And like any other decade it had its own lingo and cultural slang.

Social unrest, an unpopular war, civil rights abuses, growing drug usage and a general distrust of Government provided plenty to draw from for slang lingo.

Most of what you’ll read here is unique to the sixties, some however are words or phrases that were popular in the past but took on new meanings in this decade.

Please take your time and meander through these lists letting your memory try to picture where you where or how you might have used some of these slang words …

A – C

Want to know how we talked in the Sixties, Read On ……


 Afroa natural hairstyle for African Americans
All Show and No Gosomeone or something that’s pretty but has no substance
Alrightan enthusiastic yes or agreement with something
Amped or Amped upmaximum of something, also refers to state of mind
Ape or Ape-shxxcrazy or out of control
Are we having fun yet?taken literally (comes from a 60’s cartoon character, Zippy the Pinhead)
Around the Bendto be crazy or strange
Ate itto be damaged or wounded


Babecute girl or any girl
Back offan order given to stop a confrontation or undesired action
Badgood or very good, great
Badasssomeone who is tough, to be feared
Bad sceneunpleasant place or event
Bad Tripunpleasant experience (not necessarily drugs)
Bag (verb)to steal or get when it doesn’t belong to you
Bag (noun)someone’s deal, could be their hobby or job
Baggiesloose oversized shorts or swim trunks (worn by surfers)
Bailto leave a place
Ballto have coitus (intercourse)
Bang(same as above)
Beats MeI don’t know, not knowing something
Beefa fight, complaint or grudge
Bentcrazy or out of it
Big Brothersymbolized anyone in authority specially government
Bitchinreally good or fun
Blacka term for African Americans which replaced the word Negro
Blastgood or great (same as bitchin but more family friendly)
Blitzeddrunk, high or generally out of it
Blow Your Mindto be amazed by something
Bogartto hog something, to not pass something along
Bookto leave a place
Bossbest of, groovy (courtesy of: Frances England)
Bought Itto die, or be killed (courtesy of Steven Allen)
Brewbeer only (not hard liquor)
Bug (verb)to bother or annoy
Bug (noun)a Volkswagen Beetle
Bug Outto leave, quickly (courtesy of Frances England)
Bummera downer or bad time, depressing, anything that is bad, a person, place or thing
Burn rubberto accelerate hard and fast and leave tire tracks
Bustedarrested or caught also broke, no money


Candyasssomeone who is a wimp or afraid to do something
Cannabisthe plant that marijuana is from
Catsrefers to people (courtesy of Mackenzie)
Cherrysomething that is near perfect or in great condition also a virgin
Chickthe most common word for a female, usually a young female
Chicken (noun)someone who’s afraid
Chicken (verb)a game of bluff, sometimes played with cars
Chill or Chill Outcalm down, relax, stop what you’re doing
Chinese Fire Drillfun at a stoplight, everybody gets out of the car and switches sides
Coolgood, absolutely anything good (the most used word in the 60’s language, every sentence would have several “cool’s” and yes it was originally a 50s thing)
Cop a Feelto get to 2nd base or higher with a girl, sometimes inappropriately
Copaseticno problem or you didn’t get caught
Crashgo to sleep or pass out
Crash Pada place to sleep and feel safe
Crocka lie or a load of lies
Cruisingdriving by a place numerous times looking for fun, “cruising the strip”

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