1960s Slang

1960s Slang

Welcome to 1960s Slang

The 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 1960s 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 1960s slang words …

A – C

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


A-go-goadded to anything to denote an event or place being hip or happening (courtesy of Mitch Ripley)
Acidthe drug LSD (courtesy of Cheri Jones)
 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
Bag itto stop or leave it alone (Thanks to Jim Hales)
Baggiesloose oversized shorts or swim trunks (worn by surfers)
Bailto leave a place
Ballto have coitus (intercourse)
Bang(same as above)
Barking spiderwhen someone passes gas and it’s smelled by others (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Beam me up, ScottyWhen a situation has become way too weird (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Beats MeI don’t know, not knowing something
Beefa fight, complaint or grudge
Bell Bottomscopying a navel pant, popular style of 60’s pant (courtesy of Cheri Jones)
Bentcrazy or out of it
Berriesthe best, terrific or oppositely to tease, be mean (thanks to Ken Johnson)
Best thing since sliced bread/td>

a great new idea or thing (thanks to Mary Russ)
Big Brothersymbolized anyone in authority specially government
Bitchinreally good or fun (courtesy of Ron Sieber and Pete McCarry)
Blacka term for African Americans which replaced the word Negro
Blacklighta light that accentuated psychedelic posters (courtesy of Cheri Jones)
Blastgood or great (same as bitchin but more family friendly)
Blitzeddrunk, high or generally out of it
Blow Your Mindto be amazed by something
Blowing chunksthrowing up, vomiting (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Bogartto hog something, to not pass something along or to bully someone (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Bombsomething that looks ugly and/or runs poorly (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Bone yarda place to put junk or wrecked cars (thanks again Caitlyn P)
Bookto leave a place
Bossbest of, groovy (courtesy of: Frances England)
Bought Itto die, or be killed (courtesy of Steven Allen)
Brain derbyheavy thinking ie: an exam or school test(courtesy of Carole Kappeler-Weigel)
Brewbeer only (not hard liquor)
Brodyskid half a circle in a car with the brakes locked (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Bubble gum machineflashing light on top of a police car (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Bug (verb)to bother or annoy
Broadan un-polite term for a woman (courtesy of Ethan Stopczynski)
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


Cancer Stickscigarettes (courtesy of Paige Fruit)
Candyasssomeone who is a wimp or afraid to do something
Cannabisthe plant that marijuana is from
(a)Catcha person or thing worth getting (thanks to Faith Stevens)
Catch 22from a book title of same name, meant circular logic (thank you Cheri Jones)
Cata cool or hip person(courtesy of Aren Raven)
Catch some raysto get some sun(courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Catsrefers to people (courtesy of Mackenzie)
Cherrysomething that is near perfect or in great condition also a virgin
Chick the 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
Color me goneI’m leaving; I’m getting out of here (courtesy of Ron Greene)
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)
Cootiesan imaginary germ that uncool people can have (courtesy of Lucien Laventure)
Cop a Feelto get to 2nd base or higher with a girl, sometimes inappropriately
Cop a Squatto sit down (thank you Kerrimoon)
Copaseticno problem or you didn’t get caught
Crashgo to sleep or pass out
Crash Pada place to sleep and feel safe
Cribthe place where you live, home (thanks again Ron Greene)
Crocka lie or a load of lies
Cruisingdriving by a place numerous times looking for fun, “cruising the strip”
Cruisin’ for a brusin’Looking for trouble
Crumb grabberssmall children (thanks again Kerrimoon)
Cut me some slack!Lay off me for awhile or “cool it” (thank you Ellen Robertson)

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