Money Slang: Tired of Money? Here’s 101 Alternatives.

In 1737, Benjamin Franklin published The Drinker’s Dictionary, a long list of over 200 alternative terms and phrases for being drunk.

As far as I know, old Ben never published a similar list of synonyms for money — which I find to be curious considering that Ben is one of America’s first and most-quoted personal finance experts.

With that in mind, I thought I would challenge myself to put together a fun collection of 101 slang terms for money.

I’ll start with references to edibles and then branch out from there. So if you’re ready, here we go…

1. chips

2. bread

3. dough

4. roll

5. cabbage

6. lettuce

7. kale

8. bacon

9. clams

10. coconuts

11. beans

12. fish

13. potatoes

14. bananas

15. buckaroos

16. bucks

17. fins ($5-bills)

18. sawbucks ($10-bills)

19. C-notes ($100-bills)

20. hundies

21. Benjamins

22. Jacksons

23. grand

24. Gs

25. K

26. smack

27. smackers

28. wampum

29. bills

30. moolah

31. means

32. checks

33. drafts

34. shrapnel

35. wad

36. plaster

37. bankroll

38. capital

39. finances

40. currency

41. funds

42. gold

43. stash

44. cash

45. bundle

46. fortune

47. lucre

48. chump change

49. pin money

50. shekels

51. resources

52. boffo

53. spending money

54. doubloons

55. wherewithal

56. treasure

57. dibs

58. bits

59. dollars

60. dinero

61. pesos

62. bullets

63. coin

64. simoleons

65. silver

66. pelf

67. tender

68. scrip

69. pittance

70. guineas

71. gelt

72. bones

73. stake

74. pap

75. spondulicks

76. quid

77. pocket money

78. specie

79. jack

80. change

81. scratch

82. mite

83. king’s ransom

84. mint

85. paper

86. loonies

87. mazuma

88. pieces of eight

89. frogskins

90. long green

91. folding green

92. green

93. greenbacks

94. riches

95. rivets

96. big ones

97. banknotes

98. dead presidents

99. chits

100. scrilla

101. loot

Whew! That was fun! And if you want to add to the list, this is a friendly challenge to please do so.



Comments

    • 2

      says

      Ah, now you’ve done it – I have to come up with another term. But word to your momma. I just checked with my homey from the hood and he confirmed your claim. He told me the correct term is “scrilla.” Thanks for the heads up! (Note to self: in the future stick to suburban, as opposed to urban, slang.)

  1. 3

    Grymie says

    Ok im thankful for this list…. tho here are some you forgot

    Cheese, Chedder, Gwop, Stack, Grip, and Cents

  2. 6

    Hannah says

    Haha, thanks for all those!!!! My neice and I are making a remake to Justin Bieber’s ‘One Time’ song…It’s about money.

  3. 8

    CA_GESKIDN says

    in my younger days i had a boyfriend who would say “duckettes” for dollars. does anyone remember that slang word?

  4. 17

    DJ 2 says

    I really did not know that there were so many terms/words for money. Thanks for the information. Now I just need the meanings of what the words mean.

    Very good knowledge.

  5. 18

    Ms November says

    Yes, I heard “duckets” as a kid. Everyone said it. I’m from L.A. and AA, maybe it’s a cultural thang. :-)

    Some money slang from my Colombian friend, “plato” and “limonada”.

    Enjoyed this, thank you!

    • 19

      says

      First things first: are you *really* Ms. November? Wait until I tell my buddies at work that Ms. November read my blog!!! ;-)

      Thanks for the additions to my list too. :-)

    • 20

      FL Girl says

      I always referred to duckets when talking about money. I was born In Cali also! Could definitely be a cultural thing. :-D

  6. 22

    says

    Hi Len, When I read the title, and before reading the article I thought: Oh, if someone wants to pay me in some currency other than money-what about candy? I love candy and would gladly accept a small amount of candy, or costume jewelry instead of a cash payment :)

  7. 23

    says

    Really, Barb? Well, I guess if the Fed keeps printing money as fast as it is currently doing, hyperinflation may eventually make candy more valuable than dollars. (Not that anybody with significant cash savings would want to see that happen!)

  8. 24

    says

    Lets not forget Euros,marks,USD, Pesos, Guilders, Drachmae, Rupees, Dinars, Yen, shillings, Won, Ringgits, Rubles and Baht, Just to name a few of the more colorful. and just plain ole walking around money

  9. 31

    Ken says

    .. and btw, “ducats” is from William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” if I remember my schooling aright. Right there with “pound of flesh.” ;-)

    • 32

      says

      It’s used in Merchant of Venice because the ducat was an actual unit of currency in Italy (and most parts of Europe). It shows up in other Shakespeare plays too (like Hamlet, where the prince shouts “Dead for a ducat, dead!” right before stabbing Polonius through the curtains).

      How about “do re mi” and “boodle”?

  10. 33

    C. Benevento says

    I just read this because I work in a cash business in New Jersey and we always joke about different slang terms for cash. Italians in Jersey say “escarole,” pronounced shcarol, with a hard “r”.

  11. 35

    Anonymous Person says

    I always say “paper gold”, but I don’t think that’s an official replacement. Add it if you’d like, but it’s probably not going to be understood by a lot of people. Do whatever you’d like! :)

  12. 36

    BaSavage says

    “Cream” is another one. Wu-Tang Clan made a song about it and alot of East Coast Rappers use it a lot. And yes, i rem the duckettes sucka fools lol

  13. 45

    Johnny c lately says

    You forgot chedder, cake, ends, funds. Duckettes is used on the east coast as well. Now I have a question for you guys. This dude I work with swears that dough is spelled doe. Dough comes from bread and scratch I thought. There for the spelling has to be dough. Doe is on urbandictionary.com but so is dough with the same definition.

  14. 46

    says

    @Helen: I like it!
    @KiLIERr: Mangos, nice. I like the other two too. Who are the Green Bay Packers? ;-)
    Johnny: Yep, you aren’t the first commenter to recommend cheddar. That was pretty obvious and I should have caught that one! Thank you for the other three. I’m with you, it’s spelled “dough” because of the reference to “bread.” I think urbandictionary.com missed the mark on that one.

  15. 47

    says

    Doe is a female deer. Dough is what makes bread, so I think Dough is right. Thanks, this was WAY better than what the thesaurus offered me!

    • 57

      Len Penzo says

      Skrizz? Hmmm… I thought that meant really good, or very high quality?

      Fettija is another strange one, Kash. I just googled the term and it came up empty.

    • 65

      Len Penzo says

      THAT is one of the best slang terms for money I’ve ever heard. I think I’ll start using that one too, Mike. Thanks for sharing it.

    • 66

      Don says

      We used to call them “yuppie coupons” because at the time ATMs only spit out $20 bills and it seemed to be a yuppie “thing” to use the ATM as a status symbol. Thanks for the effort to put together such a fun list. I wrote down most of them so I won’t forget! Don

  16. 67

    Amygirl says

    Yep I agree with Duckettes too! Like Kid Rock said…”givin’ all my duckettes to Uncle Sam..” Great job on this! DEFinately terms I’ve not heard before!

  17. 76

    says

    An old friend of mine used to call it, mazuma.

    I could be wrong because I often am, but I think the proper spelling would be ducats, which is also slang for tickets.

    I’m writing a piece for DD 214 Chronicle, the veterans newspaper in northeast Ohio, and money is the subject. Money is much more than legal tender. Matter of fact, I sometimes think its status as legal tender is the least of its uses. Money is a status symbol, a weapon, a gift, a building block or foundation, and maybe the one thing we think about more than sex. It can make us feel secure or send us into anxiety attacks.

    Thanks for the list and thanks to the many contributors who 1.) made further reading a pleasure, and 2.) made my job easier.

    John H. Tidyman

  18. 79

    rockergirl315 says

    if you know so many money words could you help me decode this my bro told me i would never figure it out so far i havent the letters are scrambeled up please help
    these are the letters:
    skppaatcre
    i have no idea what it says plz plz plz help me out

    • 80

      Len Penzo says

      I think your bro is pulling your leg. In the meantime, why don’t you challenge him to solve this one: sgjfkxjzhkjkjsequ

    • 81

      SassyMamaw says

      It looks like ‘paper stack’. That’s all I could do with the letters. Don’t know if that’s a money term or not.

  19. 83

    Sandy says

    Did anyone say “Lira” or “Lire”? Also “ten spot” for a ten dollar bill, and “do-re-mi” (slang for “dough”)?

  20. 93

    El Tejon says

    in reply to Ms. November: your Colombian friend said “plata.” plato is plate: may I have a plato of frijoles, por favor. Plata is very common in Mexico, Central and South America.

  21. 99

    SassyMamaw says

    To rockergirl315 – It looks like ‘paper stack’. That’s all I could do with the letters. Don’t know if that’s a money term or not.

  22. 100

    Buzz says

    In an old Disneyworld/land reference, we used to call Hundreds “E-tickets” or “Bennies” (clearly short for “Benjamins.”) We would also refer to any note by its President; Lincolns, Hamiltons or Hamiltonians, Grants or Ulysses. “Scratch” continues to be my favorite, though. Fun read; thanks.

  23. 105

    DAD says

    Hey son: I do not remember if I mentioned to you. When I was growing up the slang for money was chrome. You may want to add it to your list.

    Love yaa, Dad

  24. 108

    Gabe says

    I don’t know if it’s been listen yet, but “moolah” was super common while grewing up in Jersey and Queens. I still use it sometimes.

    • 113

      Derricka says

      Where I’m from Babbitt is a term meaning annoying or something. I would say “go sit down u lil Babbitt “to a kid or man u acting like a Babbitt to an adult

  25. 115

    Derricka says

    I’m from the Bahamas and we used to say gwalla gwalla or gunky when some one had alot of money “hey man yourpockets is gunky”. Ever heard it?

  26. 119

    Beth says

    Also, really happy you put king’s ransom. :)

    This list, and the resulting comments, really came in handy when my room mate and I were trying to decide how many ways we could write “MONEY” on our Pringles can covered in black duct tape and made into a coin container. :)

  27. 120

    killa says

    Squirrel. I was mugged in St. Louis years ago and the young gentlemen wanting my stash were asking for me to release my squirrel. They then in their excitement asked me to relinquish my money. Had they simply just stated to give me your loot (or any of these other alternatives) I would have done so! Killa

  28. 122

    says

    Warning, pedantry alert:
    Some of the terms in both the original list and in the suggestions in comments are, technically, *synonyms* not for “money,” but for specific denominations thereof.
    (F’rinstance, “fin,” which is listed at #17, and
    “sawbuck,” which I don’t think is listed yet, are both specific to $5 bills US.)
    Other terms are also more limited in application than the general class “money.” “Chump change,” for example, is a trivial amount thereof.
    That being the case, it’s interesting to note that there are a good number of terms for larger denominations — “Benjamins,” “C-notes,” “large” — but not so many for the smaller amounts — “ha’pennies,” “pfennigs,” “coppers.”
    That’s understandable of course — the chump change isn’t worthy of too much attention, even in these times of low inflation and stable or descending wages for so many.
    Thank you for providing this valuable service — esp since the ad revenue (is that already in the list? I coulda missed it, along with “remuneration,” since it’s not alphabetized) probably can’t approach its worth as a resource.

    • 123

      Len Penzo says

      Considering the type of post this is — basically just a list of words, with no explanation whatsoever — I don’t think one can really leave a pedantic comment here. I find the comments portion of this article are just as important as the post itself.

      One small correction: a “sawbuck” represents the US $10 bill. The nickname was supposedly borne because the Roman numeral for 10 is “X” — and the “X” is a visual representation of a sawhorse.

  29. 124

    says

    Almost forgot — here are a few more that I don’t think have appeared yet:
    Valuta
    Florins
    Sterling
    The necessary
    Apologies if any of those have already shown up.
    I love that “lucre” — one of my fave words — was on the original list. Ditto for “pelf” — I hadn’t seen that one in years.

  30. 128

    joao pinto says

    Here are a few Portuguese names for money : pilim – guita – guito – tustes – carcanhol – massa – cobres – cheta – graveto – pasta . I hope it helps your slang terms money collection .

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