What does sket mean?

Familiar with slut, skank, ho, or floozy? Well, add sket to the list, as it’s yet another slang term for a promiscuous woman in the UK.


Unrelated is the 2000s Japanese manga series Sket Dance. Sket, in this case, is short for Support, Kindness, Encouragement, and Troubleshoot.  

Examples of sket


Examples of sket
I cant stand girls that openly tweet about sex. Ur not cool n u sound like a sket
@conorpg35, September, 2014
So I'm not a sket when I'm showing skin while abroad but when I do it in the UK certain people want to have a bitch fit loooool
@ChunZee_, August, 2018

Where does sket come from?

Sket originated in the UK during the early 2000s in the slang of Multicultural London English. Its source is obscure, but it may be related to the Jamaican English skettel, or a woman who dresses in dancehall fashion. When you’re going dancing, you move your body. To get better movement, you wear fewer clothes. And, as double standards go, when women move their bodies and wear less clothing, you get called slut, apparently, or in this case, sket.

Sket is most familiar, and notorious, in the UK. In 2014, Manchester United Football Club player Rio Ferdinand was fined £25,000 and suspended for 3 games after tweeting the word sket.  He had gotten into a Twitter fight with a critic, eventually insulting the user’s mother as sket to his 5.9 million followers.

In 2011, a London-set thriller film, called Sket, followed an interracial girl gang as they dealt drugs, dealt with family, and dealt revenge.


Who uses sket?

As an insult for “slut,” sket specifically means “dirty” and “trashy,” true of its sister abuses like whore. Urban Dictionary entries for the term uses modifiers like scabby and crusty.

Sket may also demean a woman not only for sexual promiscuity but also for being manipulative and contemptible more generally. Both women and men may use the term in this way.

As true of some other gender sluts like bitch, some women have reclaimed sket, using the term positively as a sign of solidarity, camaraderie, or sexual liberation.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.