American slang words - letter E
American Slang word starting with letter E

Slang Beginning with E

In this lesson, we cover essential American slang starting with letter E with examples. In general, slang are used mostly in casual street talks among Americans such that even international (non-native) speakers living in the USA can not understand them. Thus, you may use slang in your daily casual conversations especially with Americans. Just be careful and do NOT use slang in formal conversations like job interviews or business meetings.

Slang Recap

In our previous lesson, we covered American Slang Beginning with D.


Word of the Day: E


eager beaver: a person who keeps busy and likes to work; a good volunteer.

All the people who stayed to clean up after the picnic were such eager beavers, they finished everything in 15 minutes.


early bird: a person who arrives early, usually for some benefit.

When it comes to waking up on the weekend, I’m a real early bird. I get up at 5:00 in the morning.


easy: to say “yes” to something; to agree without objection.

When it comes to grading students, she’s really easy.


eat it or eat the loss: to take a loss; to accept some failure.

Our company will have to eat some big losses this year when we sell some of our assets.


ego trip: a person who has a very high opinion of himself or herself; to think highly of one’s abilities.

Since she won the skating competition, she’s been on a huge ego trip.


eighteen wheeler: a big truck with 18 wheels.

There’s an eighteen wheeler sitting on the side of the road with its lights on and engine running.


elbow grease: hard work; effort from using muscles.

You’ve got to put a little elbow grease into cleaning those pots and pans. They’re still dirty.


elbow room: space; enough room to feel comfortable.

Please! You’re sitting too close ! I need a little elbow room here in order to write.


empty nester: a person whose children have grown and left the house.

A lot of empty nesters in the U.S. are now buying condominiums in lively downtown areas.


enough: stop.

Enough! I’m tired of hearing you kids argue. Enough is enough.


even-steven: to break even; not to lose money.

Because you paid for parking, I’ll pay for the tickets and then we’ll be even-steven.


eye-opener: a strong alcoholic drink; a dramatic experience; an important event or learning experience.

Seeing so many people lose their jobs at work has been a real eye-opener.


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