A dictionary guide to CS:GO slang

Welcome to Counter-Strike.

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Counter-Strike has a steep learning curve, and the terminology can be a huge factor in how well you adapt to the in-game culture.

When you first start out, words and phrases are thrown out at a fast pace. At times, it can be very challenging to learn all of them if you're a newcomer to CS:GO. Other players in the game often aren't very tolerant if you aren't a quick learner and if you can't adapt to the slang.

Related: The fundamentals of Counter-Strike

Have you tried to explain aspects or words of a niche TV show to someone who has no conception of what it's about? Learning the language of Counter-Strike is very similar to that. This is a dictionary guide to almost all slang used within the intricate world of Counter-Strike. The terms are sorted in alphabetical order for easier navigation.


  • 1g: where a player accidentally kills themselves with an incendiary grenade or molotov. Jaryd "summit1g" Lazar did this at a DreamHack event in 2016 to lose his team the game.


  • AC (Anti-cheat): a program used to detect in-game hacking
  • Ace: when a player kills all five enemies in a single round
  • ADR (average damage per round): a value that displays how many points of damage that a player deals in a single round
  • Aimbot: a cheating program that allows players to automatically shoot at enemies without manually aiming themselves
  • Aimpunch: when a player's screen shakes because of their lack of armor
  • Anchor: a player who holds a bomb site on defense on the edges of the map
  • Anti-eco: a situation where a team with rifles must win the round against another team who has pistols
  • Anti-flash: when a player looks at a wall to avoid the effects of a flashbang, usually used against attacking terrorists
  • Anti-strat: a situation in which a team knows the strategy of another, and they predict what their opponent will do
  • Auto: a semi-automatic shotgun (XM-1014) or sniper (SCAR-20/GSG9)


  • Bait: a player using their teammate to lure an enemy into an unfavorable situation
  • Bhop (bunny hop): a skilled movement that lets players traverse the map quicker than normal
  • Boost: when a player allows their teammate to move into an elevated position by crouching and letting them jump on their head


  • Crabwalk: a movement where a player crouches and moves around the map with Dual Berettas or their knife.
  • CT (Counter-Terrorist): the defending team on a bomb defusal or hostage map
  • Clutch: a situation where a lone player wins the round when they're outnumbered
  • Crossfire: a situation in which players look at the same entrance into a bomb site to stop
  • Comp: a 30-round competitive game typically played in Matchmaking
  • Counter-boost: when a player is boosted into a position that's common for an enemy team to use
  • Counter-strafe: an instance in which a linear movement is stopped by pressing the opposite key (e.g. A and D, W and S); used to set a player's velocity to zero for the most accurate aim possible
  • Cyka Blyat: a Russian insult ("whore bitch") commonly spoken as a meme


  • Default: a standard strategy used by a team at the start of a round
  • Demo: a replay video of a previous match
  • Dink: a headshot that may or may not kill a player
  • DM (deathmatch): a free-for-all game mode commonly used in a warm up routine
  • Drop: a player gives their teammate a weapon when they have no money to buy for themselves
  • Dry-peek: a situation when a player aggresses another without the use of a flash


  • Eco: a round that involves a team collectively saving their money because they have insufficient funds for better weapons
  • Eco-frag: a player gets a kill with a pistol against a better-equipped player
  • Economy: the system of buying weapons for both offensive and defensive sides
  • Entry-frag: a player gets a kill while entering the bomb site on offense
  • EPL (ESL Pro League): an international CS:GO league hosted by tournament organizer ESL
  • Exec: a team clears out the site on offense with the use of grenades and coordinated pushes
  • Exit-frag: a kill attained by a Counter-Terrorist on a Terrorist when they leave the bomb site after the bomb explodes, mainly done to hurt the enemy team economy
  • EZ (easy): a term used to describe a situation or team as easy, commonly used in an unsportsmanlike manner


  • Fake: an act of deception against an enemy player or team to increase one's chances of winning
  • Flash: a blinding flashbang grenade
  • Flick: a player quickly aims towards a target and kills them, usually performed with an AWP sniper
  • Force (buy): a player or team buys weapons even when their money is low because a round win is essential to winning the game or gaining momentum
  • FPL (FACEIT Pro League): a region-based CS:GO league where professional players practice in matchmade games on FACEIT's third-party platform
  • Frag (top/bottom): a player who is either performing the best or the worst in the kill column on their team
  • Full save: a round where a team must not spend any money whatsoever because of their extremely low funds


  • Gamble stack: a defending team sends more players to a specific bomb site that what is normal, despite the chances that the attackers go to the other bomb site
  • GG (good game): a gesture of sportsmanship typed into chat after a game
  • GH (good half): a gesture of sportsmanship typed into chat after at halftime
  • Glass Cannon: a player wields the AWP sniper without kevlar
  • GLHF (good luck have fun): a gesture of sportsmanship typed into chat before a competitive game starts
  • Grief: an act that involves a player intentionally losing the game either to purposely lower their rank or to troll other players


  • Hand cannon: a player wielding the Desert Eagle pistol
  • HF (have fun): a gesture of sportsmanship similar to GLHF
  • HS (%): a percentage of a player's headshot kills compared to kills without headshots


  • IGL (in-game leader): a player that creates strategies for their team before or during a round
  • IBP (iBuyPower): a computer manufacturer who previously sponsored the infamous North American team who was banned from Valve Majors for match-fixing
  • I'm feeling thank you: a phase popularized by Space Soldiers' Can "XANTARES" Dortkardes during an interview with Pala Gilroy Sen. Mousesports players commonly say this in post-game interviews as a joke


  • Jiggle peek: a movement performed by quickly pressing ADAD close to a wall to bait out a shot from a player holding an angle of the map
  • Juan Deag (One Deag): an enemy is killed in one shot, usually a headshot, by the Desert Eagle pistol
  • Jump throw: a set grenade is thrown by aiming at a spot on the map and jumping


  • KQLY: a player kills another while jumping. It was also made notorious by VAC-banned French star Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian on Dust II's A bomb site because his infamous play was performed there
  • Kobe: a kill attained by throwing an HE grenade, usually from a distance
  • KZ: a game mode used in community servers to help players practice their movement


  • Legged: an AWPer deals 87 damage to a person's leg instead of another part of body
  • Lit: a term used with a number to call out how much damage a player has lost (e.g. Lit 95; 100 - 95 = 5 HP)
  • Lurk: a player whose role is to silently traverse the map in a way that can catch the enemy team off guard at the right time


  • MM (Matchmaking): an abbreviation for competitive Matchmaking on Valve servers
  • Molly: an incendiary grenade or molotov cocktail


  • NA (North America): an adjective for something that is sub-par; made popular by the "North American Counter-Strike" (NA CS) meme in which NA players are generally considered worse than European players
  • Nade stack: a group of players throws multiple HE grenades into an area
  • Net graph: a setting displayed with the developer console command "net_graph 1" that shows your own ping, frames per second (FPS), tickrate, packet loss, and choke
  • Ninja defuse: a player performs a bomb defusal successfully while another team is unaware
  • NS (nice shot): a gesture of sportsmanship used to commend a teammate or enemy for killing another player with skilled aim
  • NT (nice try): a phrase used to encourage a teammate after a situation that was lost
  • N1 (nice one): a phrase, sometimes used sarcastically, to commend a player or team's decision-making during a play


  • One Tap: a kill that is attained by shooting a player once in the head, typically done with the AK-47 or Desert Eagle
  • One Way: a well-positioned smoke that allows players to see through it while the enemy cannot


  • Peek: a movement done to look into a choke point
  • Play for picks: a tactic done on either offense or defense that is meant for a team to play passive, safe, and loose, while also trying to kill the enemy team; usually strategized with another mid-round call by the IGL
  • Playing off contact: a player hides/stays hidden and waits for their teammate to make first contact with the enemy team before finally making themselves known to the enemy team; slightly different from baiting because it has to be a calculated play
  • Pop-flash: an instance in which a player throws a flashbang well enough to fully blind an enemy, preventing that enemy from reacting so that they look away in time
  • Pre-aim: a player preemptively puts their crosshair at an angle before peeking, anticipating an enemy to be within their crosshair when they peek
  • Pre-fire: a player predicts a player to be in a position and fires their weapon the very instant they peek
  • PUG (pick-up game): a matchmade game performed on a third-party server such as ESEA or FACEIT


  • Quasi-buy: a type of buy in which a team has a variety of weapons, like an rifle, SMG, and/or pistol, and they can still buy the next round based on their money
  • Queue: a player waits for a matchmade game to be found; the act of finding a matchmaking game with other players


  • Rage hack: a player who begins hacking during the game in response to them losing the round or becoming angry
  • Reset: a team wins a round after the enemy team won a round, effectively putting the enemy's money in ruins by resetting their round loss bonus and forcing them to save money for one or two rounds
  • R-dub (RWS): a value on the ESEA third-party service that shows a player's contribution to their team's overall success
  • Rotate: a player moves from one bomb site to another
  • Rush: a player or team moves into a bomb site on offense immediately at the start of the round to catch the other team off guard


  • Save: a player intentionally hides from the enemy team to preserve a weapon for the next round when they know the round is already lost
  • Script: a line of code that goes directly into a player's game configuration (auto exec); also used to describe players who are aided by cheats to achieve an unfair end (e.g. bunny hopping)
  • Smurf: a skilled player uses an alternate account to play with others less skilled in lower ranks
  • Spinbot: a cheater whose player model spins relentlessly so that they cannot be killed easily
  • Strafe: a linear movement done by holding a single key (e.g. W)
  • Strat: a shortened term for strategy
  • Support: a player whose role within a team is to hold bomb sites for the majority of a round and to throw assisting grenades, such as a flashbang, for better chances of winning a round
  • Swag7: another term for the MAG-7 defensive shotgun


  • T (Terrorist): the offensive team on a bomb defusal or hostage map
  • Tagged: a word used to describe a player whose health is exceptionally low (e.g. a SSG-08 sniper body shot); similar to "Lit"
  • Tilt: a player becomes angry at the outcome of a round or game
  • TK (team-kill): a player kills their teammate, usually on accident
  • Throw: a player intentionally loses the round or game; similar to "Grief"
  • TO (tournament organizer): a company who runs CS:GO tournaments (e.g. ESL or DreamHack)
  • Toggle: a player shows signs of hacking inconsistently throughout a game like the flick of a switch; somewhat similar to rage hacking


  • Unluko Maluko: a phrase made popular by Fnatic's Jesper "JW" Wecksell to describe a situation as unlucky
  • Utility: an umbrella term used to describe how many grenades, kevlar/helmets, and/or defuse kits a team or player has


  • VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat): the official program created by game creator Valve that detects and bans hackers on Valve servers
  • Volvo: a nickname for game creator Valve


  • Walling: a player who can see their opponents through walls with the help of a assisting cheat program
  • Whiff: a player misses a shot
  • Wide-peek: an instance in which a player strafes around a corner/angle with a slightly greater distance than usual while closer to the wall; performed to throw off the aim of a player holding a tight angle
  • WP (well played): a gesture of sportsmanship used to commend a teammate or enemy for a good play


  • Xhair: a shortened term for crosshair
  • X-ray: the ability to see through walls while watching a previous game demo; done by enabling the developer console command "spec_show_xray 1"


  • Yprac: a website that creates helpful practice maps for honing a specific skill (e.g. prefire practice)


  • Zeus'ed: a player is killed by the Zeus x27 tazer