Tennessee Slang

7 Tennessee Slang Words To Sound Like A Local

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

The Best Tennessee Slang

1. “Cathead” = A large biscuit

Cat Head Biscuits are so named because they are as big as a cat’s head!

Tennessee Slang

2. Meat and three = Classic Southern dinner

A Meat & Three meal is Southern food at its very best. Choose a delicious meat dish, accompanied by three mouthwatering sides.

Tennessee Slang

3. “Blinked/Blinky” = Sour milk

How locals describe sour or spoiled milk: “the milk is blinked!”

Tennessee Slang

4. Goo Goo = Candy bar

It refers to the amazingly delicious Goo Goo Cluster, a Tennessee candy bar that contains marshmallow nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate.

5. Membership = Church

“What church do you attend? Where are you a member?”

6. “Duns” = Bills

This word means bills you get in the mail, such as electricity.

7. “Puny” = Sick or sickly feeling

“You better head home, you look pretty puny”.

Spending time in the state? Check out 7 Iconic Southern Foods In Tennessee.

Big 7 Travel Team