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German Slang Words That Have Different Meaning In The UK

English is a Germanic language. Here are German slang words that exists in the English language but mean differently.

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1. Knicker

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UK: underwear (although in England, knick without the ‘er’ means, thieving.’

Germany: penny-pincher

‘Don’t you ever try to hide your pennies in your knicker, you knicker!’


'Please don't knick my knicker you absolute knicker.'

2. Clean

UK: Neat

Germany: really trustworthy

Of course, you have to be clean in order to be trusted.

5. Null

UK: invalid or no legal force

Germany: Zero

'The contract was null, you get zero damages.'


'Their marital contract has been null and void because of decree nisi.'

7. Dick

UK: derogatory or vulgar term for a man's genitalia or an insult slang for being dull.

Germany: fed up with

'I feel such a dick after talking to that dick.'

9. Bonsai

UK: Japanese art using trees by making them small and tiny instead of a properly grown tree.

Germany: runt (which was actually gotten from the small dwarfed Japanese tree)

'Your kids are still like a bonsai.'

11. Maxi

UK: very large just like a maxi skirt or a maxi dress

Germany: super

(Maxi is a German slang that becomes a prefix of another adjective such as maxischoen – very lovely)

'My maxi dress is making me look maxi pretty.'

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