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Anthony Burgess

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A Clockwork Orange | A Short Nadsat Glossary


Nadsat is the argot, or secret language, used by Alex and the other teens in A Clockwork Orange. The following are 25 frequently used nadsat words and their English definitions:

bezoomy: insane, crazy; angry

bolshy: large, big

bratty: brother

creech: scream, shriek

devotchka: young woman

droog: friend

goroveet: to talk, to converse

grazhny: dirty, filthy

horrowshow: good, well

itty: to go

krovvy: blood

malchick: boy; adolescent male

malenky: little

mesto: place, location

molodoy: young; young people

moloko: milk

nadsat: teen; teenage; teen dialect

peet: to drink

pretty polly: money, cash

razdrez: upset; angry

slooshy: to listen, to hear

slovo: word

starry: old, ancient

tolchock: to hit

veshch: thing

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