51. lots of money. 3 letter words GEL - GOO - JAM - OOF - PAP - ROB - TIN - WAX 4 letter words sprat/spratt = sixpence (6d). sovs = pounds. There seems no explanation for long-tailed other than being a reference to extended or larger value. Usually now meaning one pound coins. Modern London slang. generalise/generalize = a shilling (1/-), from the mid 1800s, thought to be backslang. The modern form of farthing was first recorded in English around 1280 when it altered from ferthing to farthing. jacks = five pounds, from cockney rhyming slang: jack's alive = five. More recently (1900s) the slang 'a quarter' has transfered to twenty-five pounds. Noun (2) madza caroon = half-a-crown (2/6) from the mid 1800s. gen net/net gen = ten shillings (1/-), backslang from the 1800s (from 'ten gen'). kibosh/kybosh = eighteen pence (i.e., one and six, 1/6, one shilling and sixpence), related to and perhaps derived from the mid-1900s meaning of kibosh for an eighteen month prison sentence. Another word for big money. an amount of money that is so small that it seems unfair. A rare example of money slang from more recent times, even though it draws from the pre-decimal slang, since the term refers to ten shillings (equivalent to 50p) and alludes to the angular shape of the old theepenny bit. Shrapnel conventionally means artillery shell fragments, so called from the 2nd World War, after the inventor of the original shrapnel shell, Henry Shrapnel, who devised a shell filled with pellets and explosive powder c.1806. 螺 Did you know that in American English we have over 101 ways to talk about money? Once the issue of silver threepences in the United Kingdom had ceased there was a tendency for the coins to be hoarded and comparatively few were ever returned to the Royal Mint. Shortening of 'grand' (see below). This would be consistent with one of the possible origins and associations of the root of the word Shilling, (from Proto-Germanic 'skell' meaning to sound or ring). simon = sixpence (6d). More rarely from the early-mid 1900s fiver could also mean five thousand pounds, but arguably it remains today the most widely used slang term for five pounds. pair of nickers/pair of knickers/pair o'nickers = two pounds (£2), an irresistible pun. ned = a guinea. Yennep is backslang. Top synonyms for big money (other words for big money) are great deal of money, lot of money and lots of money. squid = a pound (£1). The meaning of the expression is associated with getting a taste of something in an instant, by a lick, for example a lollypop or an ice cream. 2. 3 letter words GEL - GOO - JAM - OOF - PAP - ROB - TIN - WAX 4 letter words The slang term 'silver' in relation to monetary value has changed through time, since silver coins used to be far more valuable. bob = shilling (1/-), although in recent times now means a pound or a dollar in certain regions. For example, a "nickel" might be used to refer to $5 USD, and a "dime" might refer to $10 USD. Perhaps based on jack meaning a small thing, although there are many possible different sources. London has for centuries been extremely cosmopolitan, both as a travel hub and a place for foreign people to live and work and start their own busineses. Brewer says that the 'modern groat was introduced in 1835, and withdrawn in 1887'. America does make $1000.00 dollar bills, it’s just that no one in real life actually sees them except those who can carry thousands of dollars in their wallet and not blink or get nervous. two and a kick = half a crown (2/6), from the early 1700s, based on the basic (not cockney) rhyming with 'two and six'. While the term was originally used to refer to large amounts of money, it is now used as a name for some casinos, implying, of course, that if you gamble you will get megabucks. Silver threepenny coins were first introduced in the mid-1500s but were not popular nor minted in any serious quantity for general circulation until around 1760, because people preferred the fourpenny groat. It is therefore only a matter of time before modern 'silver' copper-based coins have to be made of less valuable metals, upon which provided they remain silver coloured I expect only the scrap metal dealers will notice the difference. Pronunciation emphasises the long 'doo' sound. Origin unknown. grip: [noun] a long time. nicker = a pound (£1). … We’ll do our best to help get you a solution really quickly so you can progress with your crossword puzzle. A potentially confusing aspect of slang terms for money is that the names of coins are often used as slang terms for bill amounts. moola = money. carpet = three pounds (£3) or three hundred pounds (£300), or sometimes thirty pounds (£30). job = guinea, late 1600s, probably ultimately derived from from the earlier meaning of the word job, a lump or piece (from 14th century English gobbe), which developed into the work-related meaning of job, and thereby came to have general meaning of payment for work, including specific meaning of a guinea. The coin was not formally demonetised until 31 August 1971 at the time of decimalisation. noun a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit) she made a bundle selling real estate they sank megabucks into their new house • Syn: ↑pile, ↑bundle, ↑megabucks, ↑big money • Usage Domain: ↑ Partridge doesn't say). Given that backslang is based on phonetic word sound not spelling, the conversion of shilling to generalize is just about understandable, if somewhat tenuous, and in the absence of other explanation is the only known possible derivation of this odd slang. Synonyms. mill = a million dollars or a million pounds. Ace. The word can actually be traced back to Roman times, when a 'Denarius Grossus' was a 'thick penny' (equivalent). bunce = money, usually unexpected gain and extra to an agreed or predicted payment, typically not realised by the payer. There are other spelling variations based on the same theme, all derived from the German and Yiddish (European/Hebrew mixture) funf, meaning five, more precisely spelled fünf. nugget/nuggets = a pound coin (£1) or money generally. Silver featured strongly in the earliest history of British money, so it's pleasing that the word still occurs in modern money slang. Coppers was very popular slang pre-decimalisation (1971), and is still used in referring to modern pennies and two-penny coins, typically describing the copper (coloured) coins in one's pocket or change, or piggy bank. Not pluralised for a number of pounds, eg., 'It cost me twenty nicker..' From the early 1900s, London slang, precise origin unknown. All very vague and confusing. large-cap; … If you haven't solved the crossword clue Very large amount, slang yet try to search our Crossword Dictionary by entering the letters you already know! This coincides with the view that Hume re-introduced the groat to counter the cab drivers' scam. See also 'pair of knickers'. Seems to have surfaced first as caser in Australia in the mid-1800s from the Yiddish (Jewish European/Hebrew dialect) kesef meaning silver, where (in Australia) it also meant a five year prison term. sky/sky diver = five pounds (£5), 20th century cockney rhyming slang. deep sea diver = fiver (£5), heard in use Oxfordshire (thanks Karen/Ewan) late 1990s, this is rhyming slang dating from the 1940s. Danno (Detective Danny Williams, played by James MacArthur) was McGarrett's unfailingly loyal junior partner. Bread also has associations with money, which in a metaphorical sense can be traced back to the Bible. Not actually slang, more an informal and extremely common pre-decimalisation term used as readily as 'two-and-six' in referring to that amount. The similar German and Austrian coin was the 'Groschen', equivalent to 10 'Pfennigs'. Double click on any word for its definition. The word derives from Middle English and Middle Dutch 'groot' meaning 'great' since this coin was a big one, compared to a penny. (Thanks P Jones, June 2008). What was interesting to me were the few hits that came up referring to casinos. cock and hen = ten pounds (thanks N Shipperley). It is conceivable that the use also later transferred for a while to a soverign and a pound, being similar currency units, although I'm not aware of specific evidence of this. Bread meaning money is also linked with with the expression 'earning a crust', which alludes to having enough money to pay for one's daily bread. wad – large amount; wedge – large amount; wonga; Cash. Similar words for coins and meanings are found all over Europe. The silver sixpence was produced from 1547-1970, and remained in circulation (although by then it was a copper-based and nickel-coated coin) after decimalisation as the two-and-a-half-pee, until withdrawal in 1980. Earlier English spelling was bunts or bunse, dating from the late 1700s or early 1800s (Cassells and Partridge). bread (bread and honey) = money. strike = a sovereign (early 1700s) and later, a pound, based on the coin minting process which is called 'striking' a coin, so called because of the stamping process used in making coins. Bands(also spelled bandz) is slang for money/cash/etc. Precise origin unknown. From the Hebrew word and Israeli monetary unit 'shekel' derived in Hebrew from the silver coin 'sekel' in turn from the word for weight 'sakal'. archer = two thousand pounds (£2,000), late 20th century, from the Jeffrey Archer court case in which he was alleged to have bribed call-girl Monica Coughlan with this amount. Fifty Cents. Origin: Rolling comes from ‘to enjoy ample amounts’. Also referred to money generally, from the late 1600s, when the slang was based simply on a metaphor of coal being an essential commodity for life. Backslang evolved for similar reasons as cockney rhyming slang, i.e., to enable private or secret conversation among a particular community, which in the case of backslang is generally thought initially to have been street and market traders, notably butchers and greengrocers. This idiom … bender = sixpence (6d) Another slang term with origins in the 1800s when the coins were actually solid silver, from the practice of testing authenticity by biting and bending the coin, which would being made of near-pure silver have been softer than the fakes. Other terms relating to 'large': give it the large; Definitions include: boasting or exaggerated claims. Plural uses singular form. See more. ". The word “fetti” is rumored to have originated from the Spanish word for money “feria.” What if I want to gift a large amount of cash? 5 large is 5 large bills. (Thanks M Ty-Wharton). Various other spellings, e.g., spondulacks, spondulics. I suspect different reasons for the British coins, but have yet to find them. In fact the term was obsolete before 1971 decimalisation when the old ha'penny (½d) was removed from the currency in 1969. tickey/ticky/tickie/tiki/tikki/tikkie = ticky or tickey was an old pre-decimal British silver threepenny piece (3d, equating loosely to 1¼p). Each country has a different currency, and therefore different slang words for it. If you haven't solved the crossword clue Large amount, slang yet try to search our Crossword Dictionary by entering the letters you already know! Changes in coin composition necessarily have to stay ahead of economic attractions offered by the scrap metal trade. Whatever, kibosh meant a shilling and sixpence (1/6). The silver threepence continued in circulation for several years after this, and I read. We found one answer for the crossword clue Large amount, slang. Much of it derives from the designs on the notes - five pounds, ten pounds, twenty pounds. bice/byce = two shillings (2/-) or two pounds or twenty pounds - probably from the French bis, meaning twice, which suggests usage is older than the 1900s first recorded and referenced by dictionary sources. The ten pound meaning of cock and hen is 20th century rhyming slang. Wealthy (slang) — drunk (slang) Slang for fake animal skin. The expression came into use with this meaning when wartime sensitivities subsided around 1960-70s. It's been a grip since I saw you last. guinea = guinea is not a slang term, it's a proper and historical word for an amount of money equating to twenty-one shillings, or in modern sterling one pound five pence. a lot of money. informal a lot of money. Commonly used in speech as 'some silver' or 'any silver', for example: "Have you got any silver for the car-park?" odds; shrapnel; slummy; Having Large Amounts of. (Thanks Simon Ladd, Jun 2007), coppers = pre-decimal farthings, ha'pennies and pennies, and to a lesser extent 1p and 2p coins since decimalisation, and also meaning a very small amount of money. the smallest amount of food or money that you need to stay alive. pittance noun. The total amount of money a sportsbook or casino stands to lose on a game or event. Short for sovereigns - very old gold and the original one pound coins. The sixpenny piece used to be known long ago as a 'simon', possibly (ack L Bamford) through reference to the 17th century engraver at the Royal Mint, Thomas Simon. Some think the root might be from Proto-Germanic 'skeld', meaning shield. Large amounts of money - related words and phrases | Cambridge SMART Vocabulary Origins of dib/dibs/dibbs are uncertain but probably relate to the old (early 1800s) children's game of dibs or dibstones played with the knuckle-bones of sheep or pebbles. (Thanks Simon Ladd, June 2007). An 'oxford' was cockney rhyming slang for five shillings (5/-) based on the dollar rhyming slang: 'oxford scholar'. There are even slang terms for money that are used to describe US coins. Presumably there were different versions and issues of the groat coin, which seems to have been present in the coinage from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The association with a gambling chip is logical. boodle = money. The slang money expression 'quid' seems first to have appeared in late 1600's England, probably derived from the Latin 'quid pro quo' - 'something exchanged for something else'. Learn with our list. bar = a pound, from the late 1800s, and earlier a sovereign, probably from Romany gypsy 'bauro' meaning heavy or big, and also influenced by allusion to the iron bars use as trading currency used with Africans, plus a possible reference to the custom of casting of precious metal in bars. A popular slang word like bob arguably develops a life of its own. with 4 letters was last seen on the January 01, 1959.We think the likely answer to this clue is PILE.Below are all possible answers to this clue ordered by its rank. ton = commonly one hundred pounds (£100). The 'tanner' slang was later reinforced (Ack L Bamford) via jocular reference to a biblical extract about St Peter lodging with Simon, a tanner (of hides). Shortened to 'G' (usually plural form also) or less commonly 'G's'. big money synonyms - similar meaning - 550. dibs/dibbs = money. 'Bob a nob', in the early 1800s meant 'a shilling a head', when estimating costs of meals, etc. Variations on the same theme are motser, motzer, motza, all from the Yiddish (Jewish European/Hebrew dialect) word 'matzah', the unleavened bread originally shaped like a large flat disk, but now more commonly square (for easier packaging and shipping), eaten at Passover, which suggests earliest origins could have been where Jewish communities connected with English speakers, eg., New York or London (thanks G Kahl). From the 1800s, by association with the small fish. Caser was slang also for a US dollar coin, and the US/Autralian slang logically transferred to English, either or all because of the reference to silver coin, dollar slang for a crown, or the comparable value, as was. In fact arguably the modern term 'silver' equates in value to 'coppers' of a couple of generations ago. a small fortune phrase. See more. The word mill is derived simply from the Latin 'millisimus' meaning a thousandth, and is not anything to do with the milled edge of a coin. The most widely recognised Cockney rhyming slang terms for money include ‘pony’ which is £25, a ‘ton’ is £100 and a ‘monkey’, which equals £500. This section is in advanced English and is only intended to be a guide, not to
The word garden features strongly in London, in famous place names such as Hatton Garden, the diamond quarter in the central City of London, and Covent Garden, the site of the old vegetable market in West London, and also the term appears in sexual euphemisms, such as 'sitting in the garden with the gate unlocked', which refers to a careless pregnancy. Long green: paper money (from its shape and color) 30. bung = money in the form of a bribe, from the early English meaning of pocket and purse, and pick-pocket, according to Cassells derived from Frisian (North Netherlands) pung, meaning purse. Much variation in meaning is found in the US. Origin: Stacking informally means ‘a large quantity’, and loot is slang for money. Possibilities include a connection with the church or bell-ringing since 'bob' meant a set of changes rung on the bells. wad - money. I am also informed (ack Sue Batch, Nov 2007) that spruce also referred to lemonade, which is perhaps another source of the bottle rhyming slang: "... around Northants, particularly the Rushden area, Spruce is in fact lemonade... it has died out nowadays - I was brought up in the 50s and 60s and it was an everyday word around my area back then. knicker = distortion of 'nicker', meaning £1. "Dough" is slang for money, so you are making money as though you were raking it in from a large pile. From the 1900s in England and so called because the coin was similar in appearance and size to the American dollar coin, and at one time similar in value too. Decimal 1p and 2p coins were also 97% copper (technically bronze - 97% copper, 2.5% zinc, 0.5% tin ) until replaced by copper-plated steel in 1992, which amusingly made them magnetic. quarter = five shillings (5/-) from the 1800s, meaning a quarter of a pound. (Thanks L Cunliffe). Chipping-in also means to contributing towards or paying towards something, which again relates to the gambling chip use and metaphor, i.e. As with deanar the pronunciation emphasis tends to be on the long second syllable 'aah' sound. monkey = five hundred pounds (£500). a pot/crock of gold phrase. Stiver also earlier referred to any low value coin. While some etymology sources suggest that 'k' (obviously pronounced 'kay') is from business-speak and underworld language derived from the K abbreviation of kilograms, kilometres, I am inclined to prefer the derivation (suggested to me by Terry Davies) that K instead originates from computer-speak in the early 1970s, from the abbreviation of kilobytes. Less common variations on the same theme: wamba, wanga, or womba. Brewer also references the Laird of Sillabawby, a 16th century mintmaster, as a possible origin. In this sort of dipping or dibbing, a dipping rhyme would be spoken, coinciding with the pointing or touchung of players in turn, eliminating the child on the final word, for example: dinarly/dinarla/dinaly = a shilling (1/-), from the mid-1800s, also transferred later to the decimal equivalent 5p piece, from the same roots that produced the 'deaner' shilling slang and variations, i.e., Roman denarius and then through other European dinar coins and variations. Old Indian rupee banknotes had animals on them and it is said that the 500 rupee note had a monkey on it and the 25 rupee featured a pony. So although the fourpenny groat and the silver threepenny coin arguably lay the major claim to the Joey title, usage also seems to have extended to later coins, notably the silver sixpence (tanner) and the brass-nickel threepenny bit. From the early 1900s, and like many of these slang words popular among Londoners (ack K Collard) from whom such terms spread notably via City traders and also the armed forces during the 2nd World War. If you have any problems, please let us know. 'Half a job' was half a guinea. big money noun. From Old High German 'skilling'. Loot: money (originally denoted goods obtained illicitly or as the spoils of war) 31. lolly = money. It is suggested by some that the pony slang for £25 derives from the typical price paid for a small horse, but in those times £25 would have been an unusually high price for a pony. Normally refers to notes and a reasonable amount of spending money. South African tickey and variations - also meaning 'small' - are first recorded in the 19th century from uncertain roots (according to Partridge and Cassells) - take your pick: African distorted interpretation of 'ticket' or 'threepenny'; from Romany tikeno and tikno (meaning small); from Dutch stukje (meaning a little bit); from Hindustani taka (a stamped silver coin); and/or from early Portuguese 'pataca' and French 'patac' (meaning what?.. Boodle normally referred to ill-gotten gains, such as counterfeit notes or the proceeds of a robbery, and also to a roll of banknotes, although in recent times the usage has extended to all sorts of money, usually in fairly large amounts. Prior to 1971 bob was one of the most commonly used English slang words. From the fact that a ton is a measurement of 100 cubic feet of capacity (for storage, loading, etc). Not generally pluralised. There has been speculation among etymologists that 'simon' meaning sixpence derives from an old play on words which represented biblical text that St Peter "...lodged with Simon a tanner.." as a description of a banking transaction, although Partridge's esteemed dictionary refutes this, at the same time conceding that the slang 'tanner' for sixpence might have developed or been reinforced by the old joke. 45 synonyms of huge from the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, plus 35 related words, definitions, and antonyms. coal = a penny (1d). cabbage = money in banknotes, 'folding' money - orginally US slang according to Cassells, from the 1900s, also used in the UK, logically arising because of the leaf allusion, and green was a common colour of dollar notes and pound notes (thanks R Maguire, who remembers the slang from Glasgow in 1970s). The most likely origin of this slang expression is from the joke (circa 1960-70s) about a shark who meets his friend the whale one day, and says, "I'm glad I bumped into you - here's that sick squid I owe you..", stiver/stuiver/stuyver = an old penny (1d). This contributed to the development of some 'lingua franca' expressions, i.e., mixtures of Italian, Greek, Arabic, Yiddish (Jewish European/Hebrew dialect), Spanish and English which developed to enable understanding between people of different nationalities, rather like a pidgin or hybrid English. bottle = two pounds, or earlier tuppence (2d), from the cockney rhyming slang: bottle of spruce = deuce (= two pounds or tuppence). Probably from Romany gypsy 'wanga' meaning coal. The word dollar is originally derived from German 'Thaler', and earlier from Low German 'dahler', meaning a valley (from which we also got the word 'dale'). The word flag has been used since the 1500s as a slang expression for various types of money, and more recently for certain notes. The actual setting was in fact Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. See entry under 'nicker'. ayrton senna/ayrton = tenner (ten pounds, £10) - cockney rhyming slang created in the 1980s or early 90s, from the name of the peerless Brazilian world champion Formula One racing driver, Ayrton Senna (1960-94), who won world titles in 1988, 90 and 91, before his tragic death at San Marino in 1994. bag/bag of sand = grand = one thousand pounds (£1,000), seemingly recent cockney rhyming slang, in use from around the mid-1990s in Greater London; perhaps more widely too. Small amounts of money - thesaurus. Madza caroon is an example of 'ligua franca' slang which in this context means langauge used or influenced by foreigners or immigrants, like a sort of pidgin or hybrid English-foreign slang, in this case mixed with Italian, which logically implies that much of the early usage was in the English Italian communities. 1 ackers (slang) banknotes, brass (Northern English dialect) bread (slang) capital ... Big money is an amount of money that seems very large to you, especially money which you get easily. dunop/doonup = pound, backslang from the mid-1800s, in which the slang is created from a reversal of the word sound, rather than the spelling, hence the loose correlation to the source word. In the 1800s a oner was normally a shilling, and in the early 1900s a oner was one pound. Other intriguing possible origins/influences include a suggested connection with the highly secretive Quidhampton banknote paper-mill, and the term quid as applied (ack D Murray) to chewing tobacco, which are explained in more detail under quid in the cliches, words and slang page. a small amount of money that you earn and spend on things that are not very important. In spoken use 'a garden' is eight pounds. We’re here for you. spondulicks/spondoolicks = money. An idiom that can mean to use up all of one’s money is break the bank. Normally associated with heavy as well. The number of money slang words may surprise you: if you bet on it, you might make some bank. Large amounts of money - related words and phrases | Cambridge SMART Vocabulary three ha'pence/three haypence = 1½d (one and a half old pennies) - this lovely expression (thanks Dean) did not survive decimalisation, despite there being new decimal half-pence coins. Gob definition is - lump. mint fortune pile informal slang 72. great deal of money. Slang for $50. 4. Bribe money, in slang. Synonyms, crossword answers and other related words for SLANG WORD FOR MONEY [dough] We hope that the following list of synonyms for the word dough will help you to finish your crossword today. Also perhaps a connection with a plumb-bob, made of lead and used to mark a vertical position in certain trades, notably masons. Definition: Someone with a lot of money–so much so that they can physically roll around in large piles of it. Also expressed in cockney rhying slang as 'macaroni'. The slang ned appears in at least one of Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice series of books (thanks P Bostock for raising this) set in London's Covent Garden area and a period of George III's reign from around 1760 onwards. English slang referenced by Brewer in 1870, origin unclear, possibly related to the Virgin Mary, and a style of church windows featuring her image. Certain lingua franca blended with 'parlyaree' or 'polari', which is basically underworld slang. Some slang can be quite specific to an area or even an individual who has conjured up their own word for something, but there are a few that are widely used and are worth remembering. Possibly connected to the use of nickel in the minting of coins, and to the American slang use of nickel to mean a $5 dollar note, which at the late 1800s was valued not far from a pound. long-tailed 'un/long-tailed finnip = high value note, from the 1800s and in use to the late 1900s. Origin unknown, although I received an interesting suggestion (thanks Giles Simmons, March 2007) of a possible connection with Jack Horner's plum in the nursery rhyme. How to use gob in a sentence. jack = a pound, and earlier (from the 1600s), a farthing. Find more ways to say big money, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at Thesaurus.com, the world's most trusted free thesaurus. Backslang reverses the phonetic (sound of the) word, not the spelling, which can produce some strange interpretations, and was popular among market traders, butchers and greengrocers. London slang from the 1980s, derived simply from the allusion to a thick wad of banknotes. For example: "What did you pay for that?" Even if you never actually get anywhere near the sound of Bow bells, it is handy pub quiz knowledge to have in your locker. The 'where there's much there's brass' expression helped maintain and spread the populairity iof the 'brass' money slang, rather than cause it. Cock and hen also gave raise to the variations cockeren, cockeren and hen, hen, and the natural rhyming slang short version, cock - all meaning ten pounds. Motser definition, a large amount of money, especially a sum won in gambling. We've been waiting for a grip . 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