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Dec 4, 2022 | About CDPAP

Since everyone involved in the CDPAP program lives in New York, we all must know as much of the common slang found throughout New York City as possible. Use this guide with many popular NY slang terms to test your knowledge.

New York Slang and Culture

The most densely populated metropolis in the United States is New York City, where roughly 8.5 million people reside, and an astounding one-third of them are foreign immigrants.

New York City’s lingo has developed due to the City’s linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as the hip hop culture.

Hip hop, a cultural movement that started in the Bronx and mixed African, Latin, and Caribbean elements with other influences, has significantly impacted New York City speech.

Although most individuals are familiar with hip-hop music, its origins date back much further than that, giving birth to its artistic style, language, and culture.

It might be hard for you to understand the nightlife here in NYC. You need to learn the customs, style, and dialect locals use here to communicate. New Yorkese (NY slang) is widely imitated and admired all around the world.

When new words or phrases are discovered, they are naturally incorporated into this list. Therefore, getting acquainted with the terms used in the locations you’re visiting is never a bad idea.

We’ve collected a list of some of the most widespread words you’ll hear on the street, in clubs, and typically all around the City. This guide is just enough to warm you up to NYC jargon:

50+ Slang Words From New York

  • Grill (v.) -to look at someone in a critical or hostile manner
    Usage: “Her mom was grilling me the whole time I was there.”
  • Kid/Son (n.) – a term used to refer to a friend who is close to you
    Usage: “Hey kid, wanna hang out?”/”Son, you gotta chill out.
  • Real Talk (phr.) – To attract a listener’s attention. This phrase should be used to remind individuals that the topic of the following speech is serious.
    Usage: “Real talk, last week’s events are still fresh in my mind..”
  • Guap/Cake/Cheese (n.) – Three distinct words that all mean money; to summarize, each of these terms may be replaced with the term “money” in certain contexts.
    Usage: “Wow, that CDPAP job sure earns you a lot of cake, huh?”/”Hey kid, did you ever get that guap for working last night?”/”That’s some mad cheese, bro.”
  • Mad (adj.) – very
    Usage: “That’s mad awesome, kid!”
  • Frontin’ (ger.) -Most of the time, people put up a front during these situations to pretend that they are better than they are in order to impress or shock others.
    Usage: “Don’t you be frontin’; we all know you’re not from the city.”
  • G (n.)– A gangster or someone who’s “about that life.”
    Usage: “I’m not tryna be no G, I’m just tryna make some cheese by being a CDPAP caregiver for my mom.”
  • Blow up/Pop off (v.)– When somebody or something becomes successful or famous.
    Usage: “I’m tryna blow up like FreedomCare and pop off on them hoes.”
  • Fam (n.)– A group of friends considered to be family.
    Usage: “My CDPAP fam is everything to me; they helped me get through my mom’s illness.”
  • Dead-ass (adj.) -to be very serious about something
    Usage: “I’m dead-ass, bro. I make $19 an hour with CDPAP.”
  • Whip (n.) – A car that is costly, elegant, or otherwise appealing
    Usage: “Dang, that whip is nice, bro!
  • Tight (adj.) – (1) Well-put-together, really cool, or fashionable to characterize an object or circumstance, (2) feeling or showing anger, unhappiness, or dissatisfaction about something.
    Usage: (1) “Whoa, that paycheck is tight, kid!”/”He’s still mad tight about his CDPAP agency not answering the phone.”
  • Gully (adj.) – A term popular among gang members. It’s sometimes used interchangeably with “real,” as in “It’s just like saying something is ‘street’ or ‘gangsta,’ which means that a thing or circumstance is rough.”
    Usage: “That girl was gully, bro.”
  • Ratchet (adj.) – Nickname for a woman with a low moral code and bad standards regarding men, lifestyle, and so on. (It was originally coined from a mistranslation of the term “wretched”).
    Usage: “That ghetto girl thinks she’s all that, but really she’s just ratchet.”
  • Brick (adj.) – really cold; freezing
    Usage: “Tonight, the weather is brick; you’d be insane to go out there!”
  • The City (n.) – Manhattan is a borough of New York City, located at the island’s southern tip. Within the wider area of New York City, “The City” is a common name for Manhattan.
    Usage: “Hey, I heard there was this great new CDPAP agency in The City. Wanna check it out?”
  • Schmear (n.) – a lot of cream cheese
    Usage: “I always have a bagel for breakfast with schmear, don’t you?”
  • Pie (n.) – pizza
    Usage: “I just got paid and could eat a whole pie right now, man.”
  • Schvitz (v./n.) – sweat; sweating
    Usage: “Man, I was mad schvitzing on the train today; it’s so hot out there!”
  • Stoop (n.) – steps just outside a city apartment building
    Usage: “Occasionally, I like to sit on the stoop and simply watch the world go by.”
  • Schtupp (v.) – to have sex
    Usage: “Man, I think she wants to schtupp.”
  • Dumb (adj.) – really; very;
    Usage: “This CDPAP agency was dumb good, man; I’d totally tell all my friends.”
  • Gotham (n.) – The term “Gotham” has a negative connotation in the United States, despite being derived from New York City as a whole (this is a kind of joke about NYC because Gotham is a corrupt city in the Batman comic franchise).
    Usage: “Well, here in Gotham, pizza isn’t exactly uncommon.”
  • Thirsty (adj.) – to seem desperate or eager for anything or anyone
    Usage: “Quit being such a thirsty jerk; you’ve got to reign yourself in, bro.”
  • Thirstbucket (n.) – someone who is acting very desperately
    Usage: “Man, you’ve got it bad. You keep being such a thirstbucket!
  • Spaz (v.) – To act on a feeling of irritation or fury that someone has done something to harm you (and to do so physically or verbally)
    Usage: “I came home late last night, and my dog spazzed for hours, man.”
  • Take it there (phr.) – getting into a fight with someone or talking about fighting with another person.
    Usage: “I’m gonna take it there if you keep not paying me, bro!”
  • Bodega (n.) – a small store in a local neighborhood
    Usage: “We’re out of smokes; I’m gonna have to go to the bodega in the morning and grab a carton.”
  • Yooz (n.) – plural of “you.”
    Usage: “Where are yooz going to enroll for CDPAP?”
  • Cop (v.) – purchase, procure
    Usage: “Hey man, I’m gonna go cop some Mt. Dew from the bodega on the corner; you want in?”
  • Buggin’ (v.)– to act violently or irrationally; to cause difficulties and disputes where there weren’t any previously.
    Usage: “Why you buggin’, mom? Just call Burd Home Health.”
  • Ice (n.) – jewelry (specifically jewelry made entirely of diamonds, gold, or other costly materials (such as platinum) is considered high-end ice)
    Usage: “Look at this new ice my sis got for me!”
  • Whack (adj.) – to describe something strange, terrible, or otherwise unusual;
    Usage: “Bro, that show is whack.”
  • Wylin’/Wildin’ (v.) – insane
    Usage: “He was wildin’ last night when he told you that he hasn’t been paid in weeks; that was whack, bro.”
  • Crusty (adj.) – gross; unclean; a term that describes a person or thing that is dirty
    Usage: “So I was on the phone with my crusty ex, and he kept asking for my number. So I gave him a phony one instead..”
  • Snuff (v.) – to hit; to punch.
    Usage: “If he keeps wylin’ on me, I’m gonna have to snuff him out.”
  • B (n.) – a friend or someone you know well as an acquaintance
    Usage: “What up, B?”
  • Schlep (v.) – to travel in a way that makes you feel tired and unhappy with the journey; this refers to the frustration of having to travel for a long time (or even a short trip that a person really doesn’t want to take)
    Usage: “Ugh, I forgot my dog in my apartment; now I’m gonna have to schlep all the way back to the city to get it.”
  • Sus (adj.) – “suspicious” or “suspect”;
    Usage: “My CDPAP agency not paying me is sus, bro.”
  • Lit (adj.) – fun, exciting, awesome
    Usage: “Getting paid to care for my dad is so lit, man!”
  • Boss/Sis (n.) – A traditional masculine or feminine name is used to refer to a man (boss) or woman (sis) regardless of his/her social position or any other variables.
    Usage: “Hey boss, you ready to go yet or what?” “You’ve got a lot of stuff to carry there, sis.”
  • Regular coffee (phr.) – coffee with cream and sugar, not black
    Usage: “And this time, make sure you get me a regular coffee, not any of that black coffee again, alright?”
  • Beef (n.) – to have a problem or ill feelings for another
    Usage: “Do we have any beef between us, good sir?”

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  • A Dub (noun): An event or activity you deeply dislike. (verb): To refuse to speak or associate with someone.
    Usage: “This job is a dub. Let’s go home.”/”The guy I was crushing on dubbed me.”
  • A Hunnit (Adjective): To be straight or 100% real with someone.
    Usage: “He was being a hunnit when he told his mom about the care.”
  • Ace (adjective): Extremely good.
    Usage: “That paycheck was ace! Let’s see it again!”
  • Aggy (Adjective): Something that bothers you or makes you angry.
    Usage: “Stop making those smells! It’s really aggy for me.”
  • Ah Ah(expression): So on, so forth.
    Usage: “My dad said he knows my cousin, my sister, my grandma, ah ah ah.”
  • Akh(noun): A term used to indicate familiarity or respect.
    Usage: “Thanks for the tip, Akh!”
  • Baba(noun): Someone who sleeps with many people without feeling any emotion for them.
    Usage: “I don’t trust that one- she’s a baba.”
  • Bacon Egg and Cheese (noun): A popular type of sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese on it.
    Usage: “If you go to the 7/11, can you get me a baconeggandcheese?”
  • Basic (Adjective): Not exciting
    Usage: “That CDPAP agency is just basic.”
  • Beasty (Noun): Not nice or repulsive
    Usage: “Henry’s experience was beasty. The way they treated him was awful.”
  • Bet (Expression): No one really knows
    Usage: “You want to go to the movies later? Bet.”
  • Bev (noun): A drink.
    Usage: “He ordered some burger and fires, no bev.”
  • Bird (noun): “the finger.”
    Usage: “Everyone in traffic gave me the bird, and I don’t know why.”
  • Book it (Verb): Run away.
    Usage: “I just despise this little City; nothing ever happens here. I wish I could just book it to Ohio.”
  • Bop (noun): when you’re enjoying a song.
    Usuage: “Every single Taylor Swift song is a bop.”
  • Brolic (adjective): Fit or muscular
    Usage: “Because he’s so attractive, I become thirsty. Dumb brolic.”
  • Buck Fifty (noun): A type of cut on someone’s face done by gang members.
    Usage: “The Joker got a buck fifty after running into some crazy people last week.”
  • Bussin (Adjective): Exceptional. Nice.
    Usage: “Their CDPAP agency is bussin. He has never had an issue with pay.”

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