The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”



Space cadet - as in, "she's a fox but a total cadet" (airhead, spacey).

Or "No way, man, that's totally fiction" (or science fiction, meaning a lie).

Need to catch some zzz's, or if really tired, need to "cop a coma".

righteous, tubular, far out,
(love the list)

“What’s your bag man!?” Means

“What’s your bag man!?” Means what’s wrong with you?
Also, “Don’t Bogart that joint, man.”means don’t hog it.


"what a mullet!"
like saying, 'what a lame person', or a flaky person

CHICK. That was a word for

That was a word for girl.


He is foxy or she is fosy meaning good looking

Words from 60 or 70's

Did anyone use the words 6-0 or 600's when referring to kids that parents were wealthy?

Gravy its all gravy baby.

Gravy its all gravy baby. Like water under the bridge.

"BOSS" "That car was BOSS!!!

"That car was BOSS!!!


I remember the phrase in the early 70's "that's Bomb"! meaning great or very interesting.


Stone Fox was the ultimate cutie!
Let's bail
Let's Jam
Let's Bolt ... all for gotta go
Bitchen. (what a bitchen car, man)


not a good one


Bitchen is so 80's.

I need help i need words from

I need help i need words from 70s guys please i just need it in our christmasparty tomorrow our theme is retro 70s

groovy jive man

Hey man take some tips from the professionals
when a good song comes on, you could say, "Hey man, this song is some groovy jive" or "this music is right on!" etc etc.. Use man a lot. refer to people's christmas sweaters as "Far out". Explain that presents are "bogus" and "the real gift is peace and happiness". Excuse me while I go study slang of the 2000s. ((also its nowhere near christmas but whatever))

Jive Turkey

I've looked through several of similar sites, and have not seen the term "jive turkey."

Dork? I was born in 83 still

Dork? I was born in 83 still use all these words... Um ima assume dork is one


Tubular is another good one I heard it said in a movie I went to see on Halloween

Groovy baby

Groovy baby


but cooool



what about another phrase for

what about another phrase for being distant?


Psyche was used in the late 60s thru the 70s, perhaps the 80s too. I remember my dad " psyching" me when I was 4/5 yo n that was 68-69

Something funky

Funky was a versatile word which could be a good thing or a bad thing.
"Man, that was one far out and funky party!"
"Dude,your socks are smelling funky, better wash them."

Cool Beans?

Not on the West Coast - Never heard of this one until a guy from Chicago showed up in 2000. A lot of this is a 60-70's segue. At least up and down the Left Coast. But still cool in a kinky sorta way.

Groovy man...Cool Beans Dude!

THe '70s was my time and I have never left it. Growing up in Southern California, Cool Beans was a favorite phrase of mine...and my old man hated it.

What planet are you from?

I grew up in the 70s and all these words existed for me... Cool beans is a legit word, get a better dictionary.

Not in California

Cool Beans was not an expression used in California in the 70s

Cool beans was common in the

Cool beans was common in the 70's in Massachusetts. As was Ballsey, or ballsy, meaning something was really good, about like wicked, something could be Ballsey or Wicked, 9best if pronounced whicked) or if it was really really good it could be Whicked Ballsey!

Freak Out

Surprised, dumbstruck and scared, defined as a wildly irrational reaction or spell of behavior.

Example: I got freaked out when the police came barging through my back door in pursuit of a robber.

Man, chicky, chicky buns, check it out, cool

As in: Hey chicky buns, ya gotta check it out, man! Met this far out fox, build like a brick house! Booking to the club to boogie with some cool cats. Can ya dig it?
Cool man! See ya on the flip side.
And we really did talk that way! Groovy was still popular in the '70s.

The still talking that way to this day 2017 bring in the 70s

Catch you on the flip side is a term I use daily


Hey cool cats, thanks for all these cool words.. They were FAR OUT!! This got me to hangout with all these groovy peeps. We got to boogie all night long in the BRICK HOUSE!! LOL Catch on the flip side chumps.. just kidding cool catz.

Psyche was not a 70's slang word

"Psyche" - actually spelled "S I K E" became popular in the early to mid 1980's and NOT in the 70's.

You are correct....

You are correct....


"Psyche" - spelled "psyche" was popular in the 70's. It was a one word sentence, used to tell someone they'd been "punked."


Right on! You hit the nail right on the head.

Wrong. We used it in grade

Wrong. We used it in grade school all the time in the 70's. As in "Want some of my candy?" Start to hand it to them and don't follow through. "Psyche!" In other words, messing with someone.

It must depend on the area. It was around in Philly in the 70s.

It's probably a regional thing. I grew up in the suburbs south of Philadelphia and it was used there as early as the mid 70s.

You are right. It was

You are right. It was mid-80s.



The term," My Bad!"

Ok, you kids got it wrong! Originally, the brothers used to say, "My Bag" as in James Brown's song , "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" or when asking someone what they're into or line of work, etc., you'd ask,"What's your bag?" It referred to your stuff, or anything having to do with you and yours. So, when you made a mistake, you claimed it by saying,"that's my bag"... , that situation, mistake or error belongs to me;is On me! Crudely substituted some would say," My sh@T or That's my Sh@t" Personally, I think there was a lull in its use between generations and those that began to use it not knowing the true pronunciation substituted and justified "bad" as in,"My Bad Move." Especially for white culture, with out an old school black guy to explain it to them, it perpetuated. The rest is history. I could be wrong though!!

My Bag

I was a 69er so teen years were in the 80"s my bag is really nOt my bad??!!!()..... seems 90s. Generation my son's age groupl more so than the 80s or I just don't remember the 90s.Really used i!!!! Stil are using to this day...Good Lord( My Bag) I love it. I'll tell my son....:-)

My Bag/ My Bad

TY! I grew up saying "My Bag" and people now correct me but we use to say it that way. Finally, I know I'm not crazy. :)

Another one

Bomb= really good That was the bomb.

My fav


Groovey is from the '60s

I thought "Groovey" was more popular in the '60s. The actors who played the kids in the TV show The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) said that the term "groovy" was already out of style but the writers, directors, and producers kept wanting them to say it, much to their embarrassment!

Groovy obsolete

I agree. Groovy was pretty much gone by the 70s except when used ironically or to indicate that you're talking about the '60.


I can't believe you did that. That was really bogue. How come you got to be such a boggart?


Describing something that is false or ridiculous or inappropriate or BULLS#1T!
It was not called BOGUE.

Can you dig it!

Shaq's famous championship words in the 2000's.

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