ESL Vocabulary for Friends and Hanging Out

English Words for Spending Time with Friends

To hang out
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To spend time with your friends not doing anything in particular.

“After school I always hang out with all the guys.”

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To chill with
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Another term for hanging out or spending time with a person.

“We usually chill with Randy after the game.”

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Shoot the breeze

To have a friendly conversation with another person that is relaxed.

“I was shooting the breeze with Daniel when Tara walked up and told us the news.”

To crash at

To stay at a person’s house for a short period of time. This usually happens when someone has nowhere else to go.

“On my visit to Houston for the game I crashed on Jarod’s couch for two nights.”

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BFFs

This means “best friends forever” and is a slang way to say that someone is your very good friend.

“Sara and Sally are BFFs. They go everywhere together.”

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To dis someone

To insult or to put down.

“Why are your friends always dissing me? They are mean to me.”

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To be “buddy buddy”

To be really good friends with another person.

John and Ross are really buddy buddy. They hang out every day.”

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To be attached at the hip

An expression meaning that two people are always together.

“My brother and John are best friends and are joined at the hip. They are always together.”

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To friend someone

This is a term used on the popular facebook web site. You “friend” someone to make contact and be able to exchange information.

“That guy from class friended me yesterday. I didn’t accept him because he is creepy.”

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Crew

A slang term for the group of people you spend time with.

“All of Jason’s crew was there. They seem to travel in a pack.”

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Sleepover

This is when you sleep at a friend’s house for one night for fun. Little kids usually do this.

“My daughter wants to have a sleepover with some girls from her class.”

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Fair weather friend

A friend who only spends time with you when you are doing well. If you are having trouble this person disappears. He is not a good friend.

When Tom lost his fortune he realized that he had a few fair weather friends. Some people never called him again.

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Casual acquaintance

A person you are familiar with, and have talked to, but you are not close friends. It may be a friend of a friend.

I wouldn’t say that Pam and I are friends. She is just a casual acquaintance.

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Family friend

A person who the whole family likes and is close to.

Joe has been a family friend for years. He even comes over at Christmas and Easter

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