Appendix:Glossary of Scottish slang and jargon

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This is a glossary of Scots English words as well as slang and jargon, with their meanings and where appropriate an example of their use. It's worth noting that Scotland does not have one language, but a collection of different dialects.

Table of Contents: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A[edit]

  • a, ah - I
  • aabody - everybody
  • aathing - everything
  • aboot - about
  • ah ya bastart - Ouch, you bastard!
  • Amentah? - Aren't I
  • am ur - I am
  • am no - I am not
  • a um nay - I am not
  • as-laat - "I was like that"; i.e., I was remarked to say (So the boss sez tae me that I was lazy, and as-laat, "Naw am-ur-nay!")
  • a-wiz-nae - I was not
  • awrite - all right
  • aye - Yes
  • arse / erse - bum
  • anno - I know
  • Aff - off (off yer heed)
  • auld - old ( as in auld codger)
  • aw - all
  • awfy - awfully

B[edit]

  • bairn - baby (jist a wee bairn!) or small child.
  • baffies- slippers
  • Bahooky- Bum
  • baltic - really cold (It's baltic!)
  • bampot - an idiot, unhinged person (He is a bampot)
  • banger - a firework - also, penis, as in, "away you 'n' chew mah banger"
  • barry - fantastic (That's pure barry)
  • bastart - bastard, also, rarely, a peculiar term of endearment(awright Ted ya wee bastart)
  • Barras - a Market Started by Margaret McIver joined for the initial use of wheel barrows/"barras' to sell things from, at the Barrowland in the east end of Glasgow
  • baws - reproductive matter storage device
  • bawbag - scrotum, pejorative (That guy's a bawbag)
  • bawhair- A recognized unit of measurement.
  • bawheed - ballhead, empty headed, stupid (oh, you ya bawheed!)
  • belter - to be excellent, great, fucking fantastic.
  • ben - down or through
  • bevvy - drink ("Ye havin a bevvy the nite?")
  • bide - stay/live
  • birl - spin
  • Bigyin - Originated as Billy Connolly's nickname. Meaning: Big One, used as a term of endearment towards older relatives or friends
  • bizzo - business (from an episode of TV series Minder)
  • blootered - very drunk
  • boaby - police. Can also mean penis, or cum.
  • boak- dry heave/expression of disgust "(Pure givin' me the boak!)"
  • bob, bobee, bawbee - one half-penny in auld money
  • boggin - smelly, dirty (That's boggin'!)
  • bolt - go away ("wanty bolt!")
  • Bonnie - pretty, beautiful
  • boot - slatternly or ugly woman
  • bosie - cuddle
  • bowfin - smelly, similar to howfin.
  • brassic - Skint , from Cockney rhyming slang "Boracic Lint"
  • burn - small river (Let's awa' up that burn) not actually slang as it's the correct term and used elsewhere in the world
  • braw - beautiful, as in ('S'a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht.')
  • breeks - trousers
  • brae, braw - brave, good as in thats good.
  • burd - Girlfriend/ girls in general ' '(huv ye seen the state ay they burds!) ' '
  • but - conjunction sometimes used to end sentences, commonly in Inverclyde (Am naw gaun but!)

C[edit]

  • cannae - can not
  • cannie - Smart - "He's a cannie lad"
  • chankin - cold (It's chankin the day!)
  • chapel Church, from another religion ("He is going to chapel on Sunday")
  • chib - stab, a knife
  • claes - clothes
  • clart - to put too much on something
  • clarted - covered in (mud)
  • clype - a grass or tell-tale
  • coarse, coorse - bully or torment or be bad
  • cowk - heave or throw up
  • cowp - knock over
  • cowk -
  • craik/crack - chat "(What's the craik?)"
  • cunt - the vagina, commonly pejorative, also used for person
  • cummoan - lets go,~~ please talk sense ~~ (vamos,. sp)

D[edit]

  • Da Father
  • Dafty Silly
  • dancin - nightclub
  • dead - very; usually used with "pure" in front to describe something (That's pure dead brilliant!!!)
  • diddy - did he? Also means idiot and female breasts ("Diddy go tae school?" "Wait! Ye left yur keys ya diddy!" "Check oot the diddies oan her.")
  • dinnae/ dunno - Don't ("Dinnae dae that!") Dunno ( "Dunno" ) I Don't Know
  • div - do
  • dobber - a fool/stupid person. Also means "dickhead" ("Whit ye daein ya dobber?!")
  • dog/doggin - Having sexual intercourse in the back of a car (Oh my God. they were doggin'!), or skipping school (I couldn't be bothered so ended up jus doggin it)
  • donner - a walk (comin fur a wee donner doon yonder?)
  • doo - a pigeon
  • doon - Down. ("Turn that doon! We got a fuckin can theif! TURN THAT DOON!")
  • doric - dialect spoken in the north east
  • drookit - Soaking wet - drenched
  • dug - a dog
  • dunderheed - an idiot, a fool

E[edit]

  • een - one
  • Eh - Yes/I (cumin ti the baths dode"? Eh). ( Eh wis like, that's pure tekul man)
  • Embra - Edinburgh
  • an empty - the residents who live in the house are not present and people take advantage by having a party in the "empty" house. ("Ma granny's got an empty, moan up fur a swallae.") Normally teenagers having a party in their own house when parents are away involves drinking which they would not be able to do with their friends if parents around.

F[edit]

  • fae - from (far div you fae)
  • fanny - vagina, also means stupid person and/or wimp
  • fannybawbag - general insult
  • fannybawz - a term of ridicule, in some cases of endearment (ho, here fannybawz, geez a chip)
  • far - where
  • fash - fuss
  • fizzog - face
  • feart - to be scared, afeared (I'm feert of the dark)
  • feel - daft
  • fitba - football
  • fit - what
  • fit like - how are you
  • fir wye - why
  • fleg - fright
  • flit - move house
  • foos yer doos - how are you
  • fud - a complete and utter dobber (Where's ma money, ya fud?) also meaning vagina (Ah booted her right in the fud man!)
  • Futer - to twiddle and mess about with something ( courtesy of Mrs A A Munro )


G[edit]

  • Gan - Go
  • gantin - smelly/really wanting something -("Ahm gantin for a shag!")
  • gash - dismal
  • geggy - mouth - "(Shut yer geggy")
  • geez - give - ( geez it)
  • gingin (pronounced "ging-in") - Disgusting ("He wis spewin his guts up (being sick), it was heavy gingin!")
  • glaikit - stupid ( ya glakit bastard ).
  • Glesgae - Glasgow
  • Glesga - Glasgow
  • goat - idiot
  • gobble - blowjob - ("Geez a gobble")
  • gob - mouth, spit
  • gonnae no dae that - please do not do that
  • gowpin/lowpin - sore body part/infested with lice - (My knee is gowpin)- ("Her heid was pure lowpin")
  • goon - Idiot("You're a pure goon,man!")
  • gran - Grandmother
  • granda - Grandfather
  • Greet - To cry
  • Gutties - Shoes

H[edit]

  • hackit - ugly, Ruby
  • hame - home "am away hame"
  • Hauf' - a measure of whiskey
  • haver - silly talk, nonsense/ talking shit " stap yer havering "
  • hawn - hand "watch ma hawn"
  • hawd/hud - hold, stop "wanty hawd that?" Hawd yer wheeshd stop talking
  • hen - term of endearment for a woman, equivalent to 'love' or 'darling' ("How ye dain the day, hen?")
  • heed/heid - head "a've got a sare heed"
  • heid-the-baw - an idiot.
  • heevin - very busy place ("This pub is heevin, ye canny get movin.")
  • hoch-magandy - fornication (from an episode of the TV series The Sweeney).
  • hole - sex/vagina ("She's gettin her hole the nite fur definite.")
  • honkin - smelly/dirty ("Your farts are honkin by the way.")
  • hoor - slang term for the word 'whore'
  • hoora - slang term for 'very' ("That buckfast was hoora good.")
  • hoos/hoose? - House
  • hoot - what "hoot are you talkin aboot"
  • howfin/howlin/hummin - smelly
  • how? - why?
  • how no'? - Why not?
  • huddy - idiot, stupid, lame brain

I[edit]

  • Int tit? - isn't it?
  • Isnae - Is not

J[edit]

  • Jag/jab - injection
  • jaked - being in a state of drunkenness (I was jaked last night)
  • jake(y) - a person addicted to class A substances and has poor quality of life as consequence (commonly heroin)
  • jamp - past tense of jump (used mostly in the Highlands, especially the Black Isle)
  • jessie/jessy - wimp/big girl's blouse
  • jings! - Gosh!
  • jobby - poo; plural form "jobbies"
  • jobby jabber - a gay man (derogatory)

K[edit]

  • ken - term for the word 'know' (I ken who he is, but I dinnae ken him, ye ken?);
  • knob - slang for penis, in particular knob-end, also an irritating or contemptible person ("Wit a knob man!")
  • knapdarloch - dingleberry (piece of faeces hanging from an animals fur)
  • kip - sleep/nap ("If yur tired, try fur a kip." "am away fir a kip man, shattered"

L[edit]

  • Laddie - A male (as in "Aye, Laddie!")
  • lecky - electricity - often used in reference to bills (she didn't pay her lecky this month)
  • liftit - to be arrested by the police. e.g. He wiz totally pished in the police liftit him
  • lip - cheek "(Ony mair o yer lip an ah’ll skelp yer dowp)"
  • loon - boy
  • loupin - very sore/infested with lice ("My heid is loupin.")
  • Lassie - A female
  • lugs - ears

M[edit]

  • ma Kelly-Ann - term for the Mrs ,me and Kelly-Ann did this my Kelly-Ann said that , me and Kelly Ann had a good pumpin last night etc etc
  • magic - great/excellent (That's pure magic)
  • maist- most
  • malkied - (from Malky Fraser - glasgow rhyming slang for 'razor') Initially to have been hit hard, or chibbed... blootered/drunk/wrecked (Heavy malkied last night, pal)
  • maw - mum (Aye yer maw)
  • mawkit/ manky - very dirty (Your trousers are mawkit!! Ya manky wee bam!!)
  • meltit/melted - to be off one's face, usually on drugs - (Ah was pure melted man!)
  • messages - shopping
  • mibay/ mibbe - maybe.
  • Middin- Yer Hoose when ye came back fae a bevvy (or 1950s rubbish bin )
  • min/mannie - mate (awright, min?)
  • mince - rubbish/nonsense - (Dae talk mince)
  • minger - originally a Scottish word for dirty/smelly/horrible person
  • minted - rich/wealthy ("Look at his motor, he must be minted.)
  • mingin - horrible/dirty ("Your bathroom is mingin")
  • the morn - tomorrow
  • the morn's morn - tomorrow morning

N[edit]

  • nae danger - no chance / no way
  • napper - head
  • naw- no
  • ned- acronym for 'non-educated delinquent', useless waster, troublemaker
  • nip- kiss (gonae give us a nip) or a single measure of an alcoholic spirit, often whisky (geez a nip wi that pint will ye darlin')
  • nippin - stinging.
  • numpty - an endearing term/lovable idiot. Shows friendly banter ("Och your a right numpty")
  • nut - head, or another term used for the word no.
  • nat king - another word for intercourse getting your hole (cole)
  • nat king cole - intercourse, commonly nat king cole, hole

O[edit]

  • oaf - off
  • oot - out
  • oan yer bike - go away
  • oan yer trolley - go away
  • outwith Outside ( he lives outwith the catchment area for the school. That is outwith the remit of the report.)

P[edit]

  • pan - break or disfigure ("pan the windows in")
  • panbread - dead
  • park - field
  • peedy - small (" yer nae haf peedy ya ken ")
  • peebrusht - rectum (- from an episode of Minder)
  • pineapple - Roman catholic chapel
  • pish - piss
  • pished - drunk
  • pure - very, totally ("she's pure no right".)used to emphasis something. This is mainly used by Weegies
  • polis - the police
  • plastered - drunk
  • puckle - a few of something (not necessarily 2)
  • pucklie - a small amount

Q[edit]

  • quality - great/excellent ("That film was quality.")
  • quine - young women, girl, daughter

R[edit]

  • radge - Crazy (he went totally radge)
  • roamin - Taking a walk ( gone on the piss, no told the missis an got lost )
  • roaster - someone who is making a complete cunt of themselve ("Here, did ye see that roaster oan x-factor the other night?")
  • ratarsed - drunk ( "Lets get ratarsed!"

S[edit]

  • scaffie - bin man, your dad's job
  • scheme - residential area usually council estate
  • scooby - clue, (no clue)
  • scramble - Scottish tradition at weddings where the groom throws small change out of the wedding car for local weans to pick up. Also to go away
  • scran - food or snack.
  • scunnurt, scunnered - disgusted, fed up (Ah'm pure scunnurt)
  • Scunner one who pisses ye aff, also used when hurt yourself (oh ye scunner that hurt)
  • shan - a shame ("that's shan as fuck")
  • shite - poo.
  • shneeb - smoke.
  • skelp - to smack or hit someone/thing (He telt me tae get ma tits oot so I skelped him) (I skelped ma heed oaf the heedboard)
  • Skiddies Gentleman's undergarments with traces of last nights dinner
  • skint (slang term for the word 'skinned') - no money/poor/no wages left.
  • skuddy - naked ("Did ye see Jimmy? He was in the skuddy!")
  • solid - hard, tough (I wouldnae say nowt tae him man, he's solid)
  • sook - big softie (ya wee sook)
  • Snashters - sweets or goodies to eat.
  • sneck/snecky, also shneck/shnecky (from the Gaelic Sneagaidh) - Inverness.
  • Spondulieitise A medical condition for talking shit
  • Spondoolies Money (as in, "Ye gaun tae the gemme the night?" "Naw." "Naw? How no'?" "Nae spondoolies")
  • squint not straight
  • steamin - drunk
  • Stoor Dust. Look at aw that stoor on the telly
  • sup - small amount of liquid
  • swallae - to swallow, also means alcohol ("Dae ye fancy gon fur a wee swallae doon the pub?")
  • swatch - Look "sw a tch" (gae us a swatch o yur fanny)
  • swick - cheat

T[edit]

  • tad - tiny bit ("it's a tad small")
  • tae - to
  • taps aff - (tops off) it's a hot day <--- na just means the suns oot so we take wur taps aff. .
  • talking oot yer fanny flaps -lying
  • tan - smash windows (I'm gonny tan yer windaes), or also a drink ("Gonnae gies a tan ae yur juice?")
  • tanned - to drink/drunk (I tant ten pints last night!)' to vandalise ("That hoose is gettin tanned")
  • tap - to borrow money from someone ("Can ah tap a tenner aff ye?")
  • tatties - potatoes
  • tekul - good
  • teuchter - someone that lives in the country (a bumpkin)
  • that's a sin - what a shame
  • toaty - small/tiny
  • toonser - someone from the city
  • tube - an idiot/fool
  • Turkish - a faeces (Gies the paper, ah'm away fur a turkish) As in 'Turkish Delight' - Shite
  • twa - two
  • Twally - A person of lesser intellect

W[edit]

  • wan - one (number or referring to an object person) "Wan table please." "Wit wan de ye want?"
  • wan - won "I wan the race."
  • wallap (pronounced "wa-lup") - to hit someone/something ("Am gonnae wallap ye wan!") Can also mean to bang a body part ("Ah pure wallaped ma heid aff that table!")
  • wallaper (pronounced wa-la-pur - an insult, meaning idiot/moron/dick ("He's a pure wallaper.")
  • wanker - insult - "youre a pure wanker"
  • wean - (pronounced "Wayne") - child
  • wee small
  • weegie someone from Glasgow
  • well - very "This band's well good." "Bed's well comfy."
  • whae who
  • Wheesht/wissht be quiet "(haud yer wheesht)"
  • whit what
  • wifie - woman
  • winch - to French kiss someone 'geez a winch'
  • Wur - our as in we took wur taps aff (took our tops off)

Y[edit]

  • geein it yaldi- giving 110%
  • ye mak a better door than a window - I can't see past you
  • yin - one (not the number but referring to a person or object) "The big yin is oan his way." "Ye want the big yin aff the shelf?")
  • yocker - a large, but still throwable, stone.