CS:GO Slang Explained

Check out the most popular slang phrases used in a Counter-Strike community!

CS:GO Slang
CS:GO Slang

We’ve prepared a list of all the most common phrases used in ranked games, along with explanations and examples of situations in which you can use them. If you're an active Counter-Strike player, or even if you don't play, but one of your close friends does, be sure to check this one out.

In-game chat abbreviations

Let's start with the abbreviations used in the in-game chat. Most of them are also used in other multiplayer games, so there is a good chance that some of them are familiar to you. 

Abbreviation Meaning
AFK Away from keyboard
EZ Easy
GG Good game
GH Good half
GZ Gratz (Congratulations)
HF Have fun
N1 Nice one
NT Nice try
NP No problem
TY Thank you
WP Well Played
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CS:GO Dictionary

Moving on, let's take a look at the most popular CS:GO slang phrases. Most of these phrases are mainly derived from the first Counter-Strike versions and are rarely used in other multiplayer games.

Slang phrase Meaning
Ace Short for “All Clan Elimination”
Auto / Auto-camp An alternative term for auto sniper rifles
Bombsite stack Tactic in which counter-terrorists position themselves exclusively on one bombsite
Boost Boost is when one person crouches, and another person jumps on them to, for example, get a better view of the map or get into a specific location faster. It can also refer to CS:GO Rank Boosting
Clutch A situation in which a player on one team is left alone against multiple enemies
Deagle It stands for the iconic Desert Eagle pistol
Eco (Eco-round) Situation where one team has to forgo buying weapons because of a lack of money
Force Term for a round in which we buy weapons despite insufficient funds
Frag Replacement term for a “kill”
Full / Full-round Round in which the team has money for complete equipment
IGL Short for “In-Game-Leader”
Jumpshot Term for a shot executed while jumping
KQLY This refers to a former professional CS:GO player Hovik “KQLY” Tovamassian who got banned for cheating
Kobe A well-thrown HE grenade. This is a reference to one of the more famous American basketball players, Kobe Bryant.
Ninja defuse A clever bomb defuse, one that the Counter-Terrorist team doesn't expect
No-scope Shooting with a sniper rifle without zooming in
One-tap Shooting style involving the use of single shots
One-way Term for a smoke grenade that allows visibility on only one of its sides
Pop-flash Term for a perfectly thrown flashbang
Pre-fire Shooting at a spot where you expect the enemy to be before you could even see them
Save Term for saving a weapon due to too much chance of losing a round
Smurf A person who intentionally plays at lower ranks than they should be playing
Throw Losing a round by making a silly mistake
WH Short for WallHack.
VAC / VACation Reference to Valve's Anti-Cheat system, which is designed to fight and ban players who cheat on Steam games
Xhair Short for “crosshair

We could say that those slang phrases form a somewhat common language for the CS:GO community. Knowing it will significantly improve your in-game communication skills, and the better your communication — the higher your potential in the ranked system.