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Slang Words to Describe Other People

Be careful when using these words in front of the person you are describing!

Φυτό. literally meaning “plant.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “boringly studious person, nerd.”

Use this slang expression when you want to refer to someone who is very studious but has poor social skills.

Example: Και θα κάτσεις μέσα σήμερα να διαβάσεις; Φυτό! Ε φυτό!And you’re staying at home tonight to study? Nerd! You nerd!

Μαμόθρεφτο. Literally meaning “mom-fed.” As a slang expression, it means “mama’s boy/girl.”

Use this slang expression when you want to refer to a person who’s a mama’s boy (or girl.) Be careful when you use this word, as saying this to someone’s face might offend them. Among friends, though, it’s OK to use in terms of friendly criticism.

Example: Έλα στο πάρτι, μην είσαι μαμόθρεφτο! Come to the party, don’t be such a momma’s boy!”

ψώνιο literally means “shopping item.” As a slang expression, it means “stuck-up person.”

Use this slang expression when you want to refer to someone who is conceited—someone that has a high opinion of themselves or one’s accomplishments and brags about it. Be careful when you use this word, as saying this to someone’s face will normally offend them… unless they’re so stuck-up they don’t care!

Example: Mεγάλο ψώνιο η φίλη σου• νομίζει ότι είναι ίδια η Μις Κόσμος! Your friend is such a stuck-up person; she thinks she looks just like Miss Universe!”

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