AAVE Glossary

last updated (m/d/y) : 11-01-22

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hello !!
this carrd will serve as a master glossary for almost all aave words n phrases (made by a black person) !!
if there are any words that u do not see here, anything that u may think should(n't) be here, or u have any questions/concerns, pls kindly dm me !!im working on this solo, so pls bare w me !!thank u !! :D

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African American Venacular English

Definition : also called Black English, is spoken by most African Americans and Black Canadians.

note :please have prior knowledge of what AAVE is and its origins. if u do not, i encourage u to do research on your own.
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this carrd is to serve solely as a dictionary-like/glossary for aave. please do not use this as an official source for this is a carrd that i made recreatively, and it's not to substitute credible sources ! the information on the carrd will more or less be accurate since this list is based on the consensus of black people that not only i have experienced, but among other black people as well …!
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i have some links below for you to start your research journey. as always, you can kindly dm me any questions u may have !!
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here is the alphabetical list of aave words ! enjoy !!note :some aave terms are claimed by other marginalized groups that i am not a part of, and it is not my place to add them to this list, so i would refer to you researching those unlisted terms on your own !!as always, if there are any concerns, please contact me !last updated : 11-01-22

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A - E

  • about that : used with phrases like, "about that life," meaning, being passionate about or associated with something.

  • - add not to create a negative context

  • aggy : term for aggressive or agitated

  • (a)ight then: term for alright then

  • ak-matic : noun for AK47 ASSUALT RIFFLE

  • "and that's on what?": question that prompts the answer, "period"

  • - used to further solidify statement and agreement

  • asf : term for "as fvck;" used for emphasis

  • as u should: phrase used in encouragement and show of approval

  • - to show that u agree w one's actions and/or achievements

  • ate : to describe one’s flawless performance

  • - usually used to express one’s amazement

  • - ”ariana ate her ‘my hair’ vevo performance”

  • (they) ate and left no crumbs: a phrase to describe someone when they serve in something, as in singing, fashion, makeup, and/or other performances

  • - the "no crumbs" part is to exemplify how well the person presented themselves

  • - could also be the literal definition of someone eating something and leaving no crumbs

  • - "ariana ate her grammy's performance and no left crumbs"

  • ax : verb to ask

  • - notable in southern dialects

  • aye : slang interjection

  • - used in a positive context

  • - similar to the use of yo

  • "back on my bs" : when someone returns to their previous behavior

  • - used to refer to someone going back to being sad, ignorant, or any other emotions/actions

  • bae : acronym for before anyone else; also a nickname for babe

  • bank : making copious amounts of money, similar to being rich

  • - "doctors make bank"

  • "[the] bar is on the floor" : in reference to an expectation that is considered low

  • - could be used vice versa

  • basic : a noun to describe someone/something as mainstream

  • - "if u own a pair of uggs, you're basic"

  • beef : to have a conflict or disagreement

  • been : a term used to describe duration of knowledge; like already knowing of something

  • - considered as aave if been is used without have or used after a pronoun

  • - "we been knew"

  • - "ibeen bought it"

  • beat : a description of being glammed up, commonly with makeup

  • bet : term for yes, or okay

  • - used to solidify a bet, in challenge to compete with someone

  • - "i'll beat u in this 1v1." "aight, bet"

  • beyotch : noun for the b word (trying to keep it relatively pg !)

  • - other variants: [email protected]

  • bffr : acronym for be effing for real

  • - used to express annoyance

  • - "bffr, aave is not gen z slang"

  • bip : to describe a good hair ; straight hairline, all blended, no bald spots, or uneveness

  • - usually used in the male context

  • -"he's bipped up!"

  • biscuit : term for gun

  • - you may have heard of the phrase "son of a gun" ...

  • - "son of a biscuit"

  • bizzack : the position of being in the back

  • - stems from older aave with -iz- placed in between words

  • - "the milk is in the bizzack"

  • boutta: term for about to

  • - synonym for finna

  • boi : term for boy

  • bomb : describe or to emphasize when something is cool

  • boo : a term of endearment

  • booked : to run away

  • bop : to describe good music or the act of getting a haircut

  • - "this song is a bop!"

  • -"my boy is aboutta get a bop"

  • boss : a way to describe something as great; or address someone

  • brizzle : noun for the b word and call something broad

  • - used in a rude context

  • -"the person on the phone was such a brizzle"

  • bruh : term for bro, used to address a friend

  • - used to react to a situation that's wild

  • buckets : a basketball reference when someone scores, or goes for the shot

  • bumpin : to describe a song that has a nice beat

  • - "this song is bumpin!"

  • bussin : describe when something, usually food, tastes good

  • "but blm, right?": a question asked to a black person's contradicting actions and/or ideas

  • - usually used as a joke, or a comeback

  • - "that waiter was rude, but blm right?"

  • cap : term for lying

  • - "no cap" means "no lie"

  • carry : to describe someone who is benefitting their team the most

  • - used in sports; when someone is scoring most, or a lot of points

  • - also used in comparison; commonly in the music industry: an artist may make great music and seems to refresh the industry from it's lack of quality

  • cat : noun for a dude or person

  • - "they're such a cool cat"

  • catch these hands : a call out for a fight

  • cheesin: a literal cheesing smile :)

  • chile : term for child; pronounced similar to child but without the consonant ending

  • chill : a state of being calm

  • - could be used to describe someone who isn't calm, "has no chill"

  • clap emoji in between words : used in text, to emphasize crucial points in a statement

  • - observed in high tense conversations when people use hand gestures (bare w me its kind of hard to explain :') )

  • -"get 👏🏽 your 👏🏽finger 👏🏽 out 👏🏽 of 👏🏽 my 👏🏽 face 👏🏽"

  • coin : term for money

  • come for... : to attack, or judge, someone

  • cop : to get, or to buy

  • cray cray : term for crazy

  • crib : term for one's house or living space

  • - origins from harlem

  • - "pull up to the crib"

  • cuddy : similar to homie

  • - usually accompanied with 'bro'

  • - "what's up cuddy bro"

  • - sometimes used as a reaction to indifference

  • - "i failed the math quiz cuddy broooo"

  • cuh : term for cousin

  • - similar to the usage of chief

  • da hell?: term for the hell?

  • - used in question

  • "dap me up": greeting/handshake which involves of hooking thumbs, pound hugging, fist pounding, and/or chest/fist bumping

  • - originated among black soldiers during the Vietnam War to show solidarity in the Black Power movement

  • [email protected] : term for serious(ly)

  • dig it : used to show enjoyment or liking of something

  • - used in question of understanding, e.g. "ya dig?"

  • dime : to describe something of top quality

  • - "that waitress was a dime"

  • din : term for dinner

  • - "we all went to din' and then I had to pay"

  • dip : to leave

  • done : the state of being completed, perfective

  • - used throughout a sentence as an adverb

  • - "she done nearly crashed the car"

  • dope : term for cool

  • dough : synonym for money

  • down bad: when someone is desperately at their lowest point, either emotionally, financially, mentally..

  • - to be deprived of sexual contact

  • - can be "down [insert synonym for bad]"

  • drag : to call out someone and to critique someone

  • drip : to describe style

  • - used as a noun similar to ice

  • - used as a verb to describe cool style

  • drop : the state of releasing a product

  • - used in the music industry

  • - "a new record dropped [insert your fav]"

  • dry : to describe someone or something as boring

  • - usually in the setting of text messaging

  • - "his texts are dry"

  • errybody: term for everybody

  • "errybody and they mama": used when an audience is larger than normal

  • - not a literal audience, but those involved in something has a higher than average turnout

  • extra : to describe someone, or something as over the top

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F - J

  • fam : a term similar to homie

  • "[that's] facts": used to respond to someone who is telling true statements, or express agreement

  • feeling some type of way : to describe or emphasis a feeling someone has- "this person makes me feel some type of way"

  • fierce : used to compliment something that looks high quality, or superior

  • finna : term for "going to"

  • - "i'm finna sleep"

  • filthy: to describe something cool

  • - "that half court shot was filthy"

  • fire : to describe something as very cool, catchy, or nice sounding

  • - could be used to describe a beat of a song or clothing

  • - other variations: fye

  • fleek : used in the phrase "on fleek," meaning to look on point, or look nice

  • flex : a verb that is similar to showing off

  • - for ex. flexing money and/or other luxurious items

  • fo sho : term for "for sure"

  • - also used with the phrase "fo real," which means for real

  • - the endings of words, such as fo sho, are greatly explained on the wiki under the phonology section ;)

  • fxck outta here [foh]: used in disbelief

  • -similar to, the very pg version, "shut the front door"

  • fxck with : the state of enjoying

  • - abbreviated as fw

  • - "i fw [noun] heavily"

  • g : term for og or friend (of any proximity)

  • - functions as an adjective meaning of quality

  • - "my oldest friend is a g"

  • gag : to describe being taken aback by something, or amazed

  • - "this outfit has me gagged"

  • game too strong : to describe something as overpowering

  • - used to describe style, e.g. shoes

  • gas : synonym for good @ss shxt

  • - pretty self-explanatory !

  • ghetto: to describe someone's behavior based off of stereotypes of black people

  • - the stereotypical place of residence; impoverished, predominately black neighborhood

  • git box : term for guitar

  • - look at jive terms in links page !

  • giving me life : to describe the feeling of being inspired, moved, and/or validated by something

  • - "this quote gives me life"

  • give them the smoke/work : to show off someone's skills

  • - usually used in competitive settings, such as sports and gaming, when someone is showing great skill/technique

  • gizzo : verb to go

  • - stems from older aave terms with the usage of -iz- in between words

  • - "it's time to gizzo"

  • gon(e) : verb going to

  • - also written as: gon or gon'

  • go off : a way to express or passionately speak on something, or vent

  • - could be used as to dismiss someone, "but go off, i guess"

  • goin[g] through it : the state of someone going through tribulations, or struggles, in their life

  • "got this in the bag" : term for encouragement

  • - similar to the phrase, "you got this," but the in the bag part is a metaphor for security

  • - in the bag could also directly relate to money bags

  • - used in competitive settings

  • "good looks" : used to describe something as impressive

  • - "nice job [insert name], good looks"

  • got me fxcked up: phrase used to show dissatisfaction, and/or disapproval

  • - similar to "u got me messed up"

  • have [a seat] : used to tell someone to mind their business

  • - "you don't know what you're talking about, have a seat"

  • have [time]: phrase used when someone expresses they have the patience, or time, to do or discuss something

  • - quite self explanatory

  • [email protected] : to describe someone who is ignorant

  • - used as an add on, "with your goofy [email protected]"

  • hella : to describe the amount of something, usually excessively

  • - "she's got hella hair"

  • heated : to be angry, or to describe a situation as aggressive or tense

  • high cappin' : adjective to describe someone who lies often or with convoluted lies

  • - "my brother is high cappin'... he ain't do jack"

  • hit different : to refer to an event the feels/seems disparate

  • - "ariana's whistle notes hit different"

  • - hit is also a term term that acts similarly to a verb of someone using something

  • - for example: hitting a blunt

  • homies : term for buddies, friends, easily interpreted as homeboys

  • - could be written as: homey

  • hummin' : to describe something that doesn't smell good

  • - "man, my breath is hummin' after that gyro"

  • hunnid : term for hundred

  • - also written as: hunnit

  • - "das a hunnid dollars?!???!"

  • - the state of being truthful

  • - "imma be a hunnid with u... ion know wtf is goin on"

  • hunty : a combonation of honey and cxnt, used as a demeaning term

  • hype : to get excited about something, or to describe something as exciting

  • ice : metaphor for jewelry

  • i feel you : similar to "i relate"

  • ight : term for alright

  • - other variants: aight

  • "i got the time of day": phrase used to tell someone that they "have time"

  • - used when someone has the patience to do something, either in argument or day to day

  • "i know that's right": phrase used in agreement to, or with, something

  • -"trump was impeached!? iktr..."

  • i know u lyin?: question prompted from disbelief, and/or skepticism

  • - used to test someone if they're being serious

  • - "u did the dishes? ikyfl.." (totally not from personal experience)

  • "it's giving...": statement prompted when there's a resemblance

  • - "the hair.... it's giving me... bird's nest" (idk what this example is, pls bare w me)

  • imma : term for "im going to"

  • - "imma eat good tonight"[to have] inches : reference to long hair

  • "it's over" : to refer to something as "game over"

  • - this is used in a sense that if someone one's up another person, there's no chance of redemption

  • - used in various circumstances such as gaming, fashion, entertainment, and sports

  • - "their outfit on the red carpet? it's over!"

  • - "ariana's performance was pheonominal, show's over!"

  • "it's very much [insert adjective]" : to describe, or point out, the severity of something

  • - "the dress... it's very much bland"

  • ion : term for "i dont"

  • - "ion know"

  • "it's the ... for me": statement used when pointing out something that someone has, which may prompt conversation, and/or interest

  • -usually used in passive aggressiveness

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K - O

  • "keep the same energy" : to approach a situation with the same attitude/mindset that is similar to =another situation==

  • - basically meaning to stay consistent

  • - "y'all were donating to notre dame when it was burning down, but won't speak up about blm!? keep the same energy"

  • killin[g] it : to do well in something

  • - "they're killing it on the field right now"

  • kush : noun for marijuana

  • laid : to describe the state of something being laid flat, like hair edges

  • - or to describe getting action in bed

  • "let me put you on" : term for recommending something

  • - "lemme put u on with this other face wash"

  • link : to meet up

  • - "who wanna link up ?"

  • lit : to get turnt, hyped

  • - used to describe an exciting event or feeling

  • lowkey : to describe something as quiet/secretive, and/or describe the depth of feelings for something

  • - "let's keep it lowkey"

  • -"im lowkey down to join"

  • mad : another word for "very"

  • - "it's mad hot outside"

  • make bank: term for making a lot of money

  • - used to describe someone's earnings before or after they do something that will accumulate large amounts of wealth

  • "make it make sense" : to respond to nonsense

  • - pretty self explanatory :)

  • mans : pretentious way to refer to someone's significant other

  • mean : a positive term to describe something as cool

  • - usually used to describe a good beat in music

  • ".. than a mf": phrase used to describe one's behavior as out of the ordinary, above/below average

  • - "u crazier than a mf"

  • miss girl/gurl : to address someone, typically a girl

  • - could be used in endearment and/or passive aggressiveness

  • "my [insert noun] said...": a way to emphasize someone's idea in conversation that may be seen as absurd, dumb and/or funny

  • - this is usually used in friendly banter

  • - "my man said, 'how much is 99 cent bread'"

  • n/nd: short version of and

  • - not fully pronouncing the a vowel

  • n word: u already know.

  • not the.../not you...: statement, or question prompted when someone does something outta pocket

  • -used to call someone out, either seriously or among friendly banter

  • "now [tell me] why ....": statement that leads to question about someone/something

  • - usually used to point out irony, confusion, n other thoughts

  • "oh you have lost your goddxmn mind ..." : statement that is similar to "what's wrong with you!??"

  • - usually, each word is annunciated ... (to get the point across)

  • - used when scolding :p

  • on god, or [insert highly respected figure] : used when promising on something near, and dear to someone

  • - used when telling the truth

  • - self explanatory but its use is similar to "on my mama"

  • on point/fleek : to describe the look of something nice

  • on that [noun] ish : to be

  • - indulge in an activity

  • - usually used to describe someone's character

  • - "my brother is on that annoying ish he does"

  • on the regular : term for on a daily basis

  • opp : noun for enemy

  • - commonly associated with acab

  • - "maaan, f the opps"

  • outta pocket: term for out of pocket

  • - when someone does something out of the ordinary, out of place, and/or odd

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P - T

  • packing : (imma keep this as pg as possible, so im gonna sound like i got a phd rq)

  • - in reference to the size of a male's genitalia

  • - usually used in larger comparisons

  • period : to express approval, to end a sentence, and/or to emphasize an idea

  • - variations: purr, [email protected], periodt

  • petty : the state of being stuck up

  • playin : to fool around

  • - the dropping of the "g" is explained in aave terminology links

  • plug : to refer to someone as reliable

  • - for ex. snacks !!

  • pop a cap : to fire a bullet

  • popping off : means to go crazy, or to describe someone or something doing well

  • - "u passed your exam!? pop off"

  • pressed : to be mad, or upset

  • queen : term of endearment

  • - to describe a female figure as beautiful and other synonyms

  • rack(s) : term for money

  • - what do you think the song "rack city" is about ..!

  • rando : term for random

  • - "ion know that dude!? he's a rando"

  • ratchet : the state of being messy

  • read : to roast, or be roasted, by someone

  • - when you read someone, you point out their flaws

  • real : to express the difficulty of something; to express transparency in something

  • -"the struggle is real"

  • -"to be real," is similar to saying, "in all seriousness..."

  • respect : to express someone's respects, usually verbally expressed

  • -pretty self explanatory pls

  • roll : to move

  • - usually used in modes of transportation: car, walking

  • - "at midnight, we roll"

  • - "rollin' down the block"

  • rolly : noun for rolex; any resemblance of a rolex watch

  • - other variants: rollie

  • run(nning) hands/fade : to incite a fight

  • - similar to catch these hands

  • - "they running hands!"

  • - "they finna run fades fr"

  • salty : synonym for jealous, mean

  • school : to put someone in their place

  • - used in arguments of those who are deemed ascorrect

  • - other variations: skoo (just drop the letter before m)

  • scrill : noun for money

  • - "do you have any scrill"

  • serve : to describe the looks given by people, think of modeling

  • shade : to have, or express negative remarks of someone/something

  • shawty: term for shorty

  • - usually used in attraction to someone

  • - other variants: shawtee, shauty, shautee, other phonetic spellings

  • shoe game : to describe someone's shoe style, usually in a positive way

  • - there are other variations with other items of clothing, or to describe someone's skill with [noun/verb] game

  • shook : to be surprised, literally shaken up by something

  • shoot[as]ers: a name for someone who has your back

  • shoot your shot : to ask out someone in your interest

  • sickening : to express someone's amazement

  • -usually used with makeup looks

  • side-eye: the state of being suspicious, shady, skeptical

  • simp : the state of being overly desperate

  • - usually acted by guys

  • sis : short for "sister," used to address someone

  • slay : to look good, and/or perfect something, again, think of modeling

  • slime: another word for "homie"

  • - "wassup my slime"

  • s[ch]lumped: the state of being very tired, and to describe someone as they're asleep

  • [the] smoke : to refer to someone to fight, or beat up

  • - reference to someone's skill in fighting

  • - "don't mess w me, or you'll get the smoke"

  • snatched : to be neat

  • - usually used to describe the looks of someone, being neat n tidy

  • spill: to tell, usually with gossip

  • -"spill the tea" (how predictable huh)

  • spittin : when someone is speaking fast, skillfully rapping, or speaking facts

  • - verb for saying

  • stank face : a look of disapproval

  • stay woke : a phrase that can serve as a reminder to stay open-minded, and/or alert

  • steady: the state of consistency, being at the same pace or state of being

  • - similar to the use of the word, "stay"

  • -"she steady writing"

  • straight up : similar to the definition of real; tell the truth

  • -replace this word with "literally," and that's pretty much how it's used lol

  • "so u grown now?": question that serves as a reality check

  • -usually used with children who suddenly act their age

  • sus : term for suspicious

  • swag : the state or description of being cool

  • tea : gossip, and/or news

  • thang : noun for thing

  • - used to replace any noun in a sentence

  • "that shxt don't make no damn sense": a reaction to something that literally doesn't makes no sense

  • - the grammar is supposed to be pretentious

  • "that's tuff" : used to respond to =someone's inconvenience

  • - "oh, you missed the soccer goal. that's tuff."

  • "that's wraps" : to refer to something as over as in defeat or winning

  • - usually used in the same circumstances as the phrase "it's over"

  • - "the winning touchdown, that's wraps"

  • the struggle: to describe someone's circumstance

  • - self explanatory :)

  • the "gawds": the hypothetical nickname for higher powers

  • - used to compare one's snatched look to "the gawds"

  • -think of makeup

  • "they movin weird": a phrase to describe someone's behavior as abnormal and/or sus

  • thick : to describe one's body as having curves

  • - opposite of lean

  • - other variants: thiq, thicc, other phonetic spellings

  • thirsty: to describe someone/something as being desperate

  • thot : a noun from the acronym meaning that hxe over there

  • - used to waggishly characterize female figures

  • tight: to describe something as cool, and/or neat

  • throwing shade: to spread shade of someone or something

  • - spreading gossip, essentially

  • throw it back : to twerk, or simply put, throw your butt back

  • trash : to describe something as really bad, or lack of quality

  • tried it : a response to someone who tests someone's patience, or state of being

  • - usually used in aggression

  • triffling : to describe someone as untrustworthy, sneaky, or other ill-natured traits

  • - "i told them to keep a secret and they told the one person that i didnt want them to tell. they're triffling"

  • trip : to overreact, and/or be overdramatic

  • trynna : term for trying to

  • turn up : to get lit, or hype

  • tussle : to fight

  • - "me n blank are aboutta tussle"

  • tweak : a verb similar to lag

  • - to describe someone/thing as abnormal in regards of movement

  • - "my phone is tweakin'"

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U - Z

  • vibe : verb to resonate with one's energy

  • - usually used to describe something as relaxing

  • -"i like their vibe"

  • wayment now: term for wait a minute now

  • - similar to the "jazz music stops" meme (same concept)

  • we been knew: the state of already being knowledgeable something

  • werk : term for work

  • - used in encouragement when someone is slaying

  • "what's poppin'" : term for what's up, how's it going

  • "what we not finna do": term for "what we're not gonna do"

  • - usually used in disagreement

  • wig: to express shock

  • - a literal accessory

  • wildin: to describe someone's state or being as crazy, or very wild

  • -self explanatory lol

  • woke : to be open-minded or alert

  • - accompanied by the word stay ; see stay woke

  • wypipo: one of many variations of spelling "white people"

  • -yt people, whypipo

  • yass : term for yes

  • - used to show excitement

  • you ain't even: term for you aren't even

  • - can slur together into sounding like yeen

  • you better than me bc...": a starter sentence that will lead to a statement that is, on a scale, much worse

  • - used in conversation

  • - A: "i did all my hw"

  • B: "u better than me bc i havent done anything"

  • you got the right idea, but the wrong bxtch: a way to tell someone that they're not the person who can respond

  • - think of having/talking about ideas for a fun party to your antisocial friend (juxtaposition i suppose)

  • yuh : term for yeah

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