Money vocabulary: 40+Extremely important money related words

Money vocabulary

Here are lists of money vocabulary /money related words and collocations:

Collocations with money / Phrases about money

  • Earn money

To get money as payment for work you do.

⇒ He earns about $ 45,000 a year.

  • Win money

To get money from a competition, a lottery, etc.

⇒ My friend, Jim, won $ 200 on the lottery last weekend.

  • Lose money

  1. The opposite of win money.

⇒ He lost all his money in a casino.

2. To be unable to find some money you had.

⇒ I have lost a big amount of money somewhere in the market.

  • Save money

To keep the money so that you can use it in the future.

⇒ I save $ 200 a month. I’m planning to go on holiday.

  • Pay money back

To give money back to the person you borrowed it from.

⇒ Don’t worry, I’ll pay you back next weekend.

  • Lend money ( to someone)

To give money to someone on condition that they pay it back over a period of time.

⇒ My colleague lent me $ 100 two days ago.

  • Owe money (to someone)

When you borrow money from a person or a bank and have to give it back in the future.

⇒ I owe the bank a lot of money.

  • Borrow money (from someone):

To take money from a person or a bank and agree to pay it back to them at a later time.

⇒I don’t like to borrow money from neighbours.

  • Spend money

To use money to buy the things you want.

⇒ My father spends a lot of money on clothes

  • Waste money (on something)

Spend money on things you don’t need or want.

⇒ She loves shopping. She wastes a lot of money on things she doesn’t need.

Other money vocabulary /phrases about money with examples

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Money vocabulary
  • Pay off

Finish paying the money you owe.

⇒ I have paid off all my debts.

  • Pay…in

Put an amount of money into your bank account. (‘take out’ is the opposite)

⇒ I have recently paid in 1000 dollars.

  • In the red

Having spent more money than you have in your bank account.

⇒ She is really careful with money. She’s never in the red.

  • Make ends meet

Manage to buy what you need with the money you earn.

⇒ He works every day just to make ends meet.

  • Well off

If you are well off, you have a lot of money.

⇒ He is a well-off businessman. He makes a lot of money.

  • Save up (for sth)

Keep money in order that you can use it later.

⇒ “If you want to buy a new mobile, you should save up for it.” Said a mother to her son.

  • Save for a rainy day

Save money for a time when you are in need.

⇒ My parents always save for a rainy day. They never borrow money from others.

Money vocabulary with definitions

  • Banknote

A piece of paper money (= bill).

  • Hard cash

Coins and paper money (bills/banknotes), not credit cards or cheques.

  • E-cash

Electronic cash.

  • Loose change

Coins that you have in your pocket or bag.

  • Counterfeit

    Fake money/ fake currency.

  • ATM 

Automated Teller Machine (a cash machine/cashpoint)

  • Buck

A US, Canadian, or Australian dollar.

  • Tenner

A ten-pound banknote

  • Petty cash

Cash for daily expenses.

  • Single

A banknote worth one dollar.

  • Fiver

A banknote worth five pounds.

  • Grand

A thousand dollars or pounds.

  • Overcharge (= rip off)

To charge somebody too much money for something.

  • Green money

Green money means the money that is used for ecological purposes. It’s used in the context of green economists and the low carbon economy.

In the Middle East, Green money refers to money from Islamic

businesses, Islamic banks, and the religious sector. (money vocabulary)

  • Money laundering

Money laundering means moving money that has been gained illegally into foreign bank accounts or legal businesses in order that it is difficult for people to know its origin.

  • Black money

Black money is the money obtained through illegal activity. Black money also refers to legal income that is not recorded for tax purposes.

  • Money talks

“Money talks” is a saying used to talk about people who are really rich and can therefore get or do what they want.

  • Currency exchange

Currency exchange is an office where you can change one currency into another.

Money vocabulary: Money idioms

  • Break the bank (in gambling)

Win more money than is held by the bank./ Cost more than you can afford.

  • Settle accounts with someone

Pay money owed to someone.

  • In aid of

For the purpose of raising money for; in support of

  • Big bickies (Australian/informal)

A large sum of money.

  • Bit on the side

Money earned outside your normal job.

  • To be in the black

To have money, for example, in your bank account.

  • To be in the red

To owe money to your bank because you have spent more than you have in your bank account.

  • To be in the money (informal)

To have a lot of money to spend.

  • Good money

The money you earn with hard work; a lot of money.

  • For my money (informal)

In my opinion.

  • Make money

To make a profit; to make a lot of money.

  • Have money to burn

To have so much money that you do not have to be careful with it.

  • Made of money (informal)

Very rich.

  • Put money into something

To invest money in a project or a business.

  • Throw your money around/about (informal)

To spend your money in a careless way.

  • Throw money at something

To try to improve a situation or deal with a problem by spending money on it, while it would be better to deal with it in other ways.

  • Easy money

Money that you get without working very hard for it.

  • Marry money

Marry a rich person.

  • Time is money (proverb)

Time is invaluable and should not be wasted.

  • Money does not grow on trees

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Money vocabulary/ Money idiom/ Money proverbs

A saying used to tell someone not to spend money carelessly because they do not have much of it.


This list of money vocabulary is not exhaustive. More money vocabulary will be added to the list.

Here is a list of various English phrases