7 Arkansas Slang Words To Sound Like A Local

If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Arkansas slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Little Rock, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.

Take note of these essential Arkansas phrases and you’ll fit right in – or at the very least, not be confused if somebody says one of these sayings!

Arkansas Slang Words

1. Bowed up= Refers to impatience or ill humor, similar to how a snake bows up its head before it strikes

This conversation was getting me all bowed up!

Arkansas Slang

2. Spun up= Worked up

“He’s really spun up about the news he got.”

Arkansas Slang

3. I’m madder than a wet hen = Very, very angry – and the anger will continue!

If you don’t come home in time your momma will be madder than a wet hen!

4. ‘That boy ain’t got the sense God gave a goose’ = This guy is foolish

A classic phrase in Arkansas.

Arkansas Slang

5. I got it from the gettin’ place = Why do you need to know where I got it, anyway?

Aka none of your business.

6. My belly thinks my throat’s been cut = Extremely hungry

Want to go for lunch? I’m so hungry that belly thinks my throat’s been cut!

7. Tumped = Flipped over

“We were paddling our canoe down the Buffalo River, but we tumped over.”

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