Let’s talk about money

Money has different names depending on the context. Below there is a list with synonyms, slang and idiomatic expressions to talk about money.

Other words for money are:

alimony: money given to one spouse by the other for support after a legal separation or divorce

bill: a piece of paper money

bribe: money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust

cash: ready money

check: a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed

debt: money that needs to be paid in return for something received

dowry: money, goods or properties that a man or woman brings to her wife or husband in marriage

donation: money or gifts given to charity or public institutions

fee: money paid for a service

fine: a sum of money imposed as punishment for an offense

fund: a sum of money or other resources whose principal or interest is set apart for a specific objective

loan: money lent at interest

ransom: money demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity

salary: fixed amount of money paid to someone for regularly their work or services

tax: money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

tip: a sum of money given for a service performed. It’s a synonym of gratuity

wage: money that is paid for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis

Money slang:

money slang

bucks: dollars

dough: money in general

chip in: to contribute, to pay for a part of something

cough up: pay or spend an amount of money that you would prefer not to

loaded: wealthy, having a lot of money

it’s on me: the person speaking will pay the whole amount

splurge: spend money freely with no remorse usually on things that you do not need


Canadian Slang:

loonie: one-dollar coin

toonie: two-dollar coin


Expressions with money:

Money talks

A penny saved is a penny earned: it is as useful to save money that you already have as it is to earn more

Money doesn’t grow on trees: it requires effort to earn money and it is limited so you must be careful how you spend it

Money makes the world go round: money is extremely important, so that many ordinary events could not happen without it

Money talks: money gives power and influence to those who possess it

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