Appendix:Glossary of Scottish slang and jargon

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This is a glossary of Scots English words as well as slang, jargon and Scots Language, with their meanings and where appropriate; an example of their use. It's worth noting that Scotland has 3 languages (English/Scots/Gaelic) and 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
  • abo'dy - everybody
  • a'thing - everything
  • aboot - about
  • air beige - pump or fart
  • amen't ah? - aren't I?
  • ah am - I am
  • am no - I am not
  • a am' nae - I am not
  • ah wiz like - "I was like that"; i.e., I was remarked to say (So the boss says tae me that I was lazy, and as-laat, "Naw am-ur-nay!")
  • a wisna(e) - I was not
  • a(w)rite - all right
  • aye - Yes
  • arse / erse - buttocks
  • anno / ah ken - I know
  • anaw - as well
  • aff - off (off yer heed)
  • auld - old (as in "auld git")
  • aw - all
  • awfy / affy - awful

B[edit]

  • baccy - tobacco "can you lend me some baccy?"
  • bairn - baby (jist a wee bairn!) or small child (Eastern Scottish dialect).
  • baffies - slippers.
  • baltic - freezing ('"Christ man, put the heating oan, it's baltic'").
  • Black - Dirty e.g ("you're black, mate, take a bath" "ya black basturd")
  • bahoochie- bottom
  • bampot - an idiot, unhinged person #
  • banger - a firework - also, penis, as in, "away you 'n' chew mah banger"
  • barra - a little child - also, an affectionate term for a younger person ("A wee barra.")
  • 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
  • batter - to beat up ("I'll batter ye, mon' then ya dick!")
  • baws - testicles "bawsack!" ballsack in English
  • bawbag - scrotum, pejorative (That guy's a bawbag)
  • bawhair - A unit of measurement for the thickness of a pubic hair.
  • bawheid - ballhead, bald, empty headed, stupid (oh, you ya bawheid!)
  • belter - to be excellent, great, fantastic.
  • ben - down or through or a mountain.
  • bevvy - drink ("Ye havin a bevvy the nite?")
  • bez - beer
  • bide - stay/live
  • birl - spin
  • Big Yin - Originated as Billy Connolly's nickname. Meaning: Big One, used as a term of endearment towards older relatives or friends
  • bit - (a place; usually referring to somebody's house) "Meet me at ma bit", "A'll come round tae your bit", "Am stayin' o'er at my da's bit the night".
  • 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 - a 'bob' is slang for a shilling piece worth 12 old pennies, 5 new pence, was also available as a two bob bit and a ten bob note. 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 - sick-making.
  • The box - television set ("Whit's on the box the night?")
  • buckie - short for "Buckfast".
  • 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
  • braw - good looking
  • brae - a hill
  • brief - car
  • burd - Girlfriend, or girls in general (huv ye seen the state ae thae burds!)
  • bunker - table top / counter "(Make sure yeez clean aw along the bunker when yur finished!)"
  • 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!)
  • chib - stab, a knife
  • chebs - tits
  • chum -to accompany someone (chum me to the shop)
  • chug - to masturbate (he was having a chug on the bus)
  • claes - clothes
  • clart - to put too much on something
  • clarty / clatty - dirty as in "he picked his nose and ate it, the clarty bastard".
  • close- An alleyway, a passage at the rear of houses. The passageway leading into a tenement building/Humid weather
  • clarted - covered in (mud)
  • clype - a grass or tell-tale, also means to hit someone or something
  • coarse, coorse - bully or torment or be bad
  • cauld - cold - "It's awfy cauld in here"
  • coupon - face. "Some coupon on him, eh?"
  • cowk - heave or throw up
  • cowp - knock over
  • cowp - skip/landfill
  • craic (crack) - chat "(What's the craic?)"
  • cuddy - horse
  • cummoan - let's go,~~ please talk sense ~~ (vamos,. sp)
  • cundie - drain
  • cutting - Hanging Around. ("I've been cutting about all day!")

D[edit]

  • da - father
  • dafty - silly, foolish person
  • dancin - nightclub ("Ur ye gaun tae the dancin' tonight?")
  • dangleberry - small piece of stool-covered toilet paper hanging from the hair around the bum hole.
  • deed - very; usually used with "pure" in front to describe something (That's pure deed brilliant!!!)
  • diddy - did he? Also means an 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!")
  • dingy - ignore, abandoned ("he's dingied us")
  • div - Idiot
  • 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)
  • dander/daunder/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!")
  • doonhamer - Someone from Dumfries. Got its name from towns more North than Dumfries because people from Dumfries would say ("Am gan doon hame.")
  • doric - dialect spoken in the north east
  • dowp - Backside, Bottom.
  • dreich - Damp, overcast, wet.
  • drookit - Soaking wet - drenched
  • dug - a dog
  • dunderheed - an idiot, a fool
  • dunno / dinna ken - I don't know
  • dolton - an idiot.

E[edit]

  • een - eyes
  • Eh - what?
  • Edina - Edinburgh
  • 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.
  • eejit - Idiot

F[edit]

  • fae - from (far aboots you fae)
  • feck - fuck, (in the name of fuck ser)
  • fag - a cigarette
  • fanny - vagina, also used as an insult: "he's a wee fanny"
  • fannybaws - a term of ridicule, in some cases of endearment (ho, here fannybaws, geez a chip)
  • fash - fuss (Dinnae fash yersel)
  • feart - to be scared, afeared (I'm feart o' the dark)
  • fitba - football
  • fit like - how are you
  • fir wye - why
  • flap - to become overly upset or worked up about something, beyond what others see as necessary (Dinnae flap! We'll find yer wellies!)
  • fleg - fright, flag reference to over-exuberant British nationalism (He's a dirty Flegger)
  • flit - move house
  • fud - vagina (Ah booted her right in the fud man!) usually used as derogatory term ("what fud publishes on wikipedia")
  • footer - to twiddle and mess about with something (courtesy of Mrs A. A Munro)

G[edit]

  • gaff - house
  • gan - go
  • Gaun yersel' - Congratulations
  • gammie - An injured body part ("Canny play, I've got a gammie leg")
  • gaun - going ("am gaun hame"), or, go on/and ("gaun shut the fuck up)
  • gantin'/Gaggin' fur it - begging for - (See her, she's pure gantin' fur sex)
  • gash - vagina, or poor ("Ranger's are gash at football")
  • gie's/geez - give - (geez it)
  • geggy - mouth - "(Shut yer geggy")
  • geks - glasses
  • Ginger - pop/fizzy drink/soda (typically referring to Irn-Bru)
  • gingin (pronounced "ging-in") - Disgusting ("He wis spewin' his guts up (being sick), it was heavy gingin!")
  • glaikit - stupid (ya glaikit bastard ).
  • Glesgae - Glasgow, if not a local (typically East coast Scots) "Glesga" is more often used by West coast Scots.
  • goat - got ("a goat it right!")
  • gonnae no dae that - please don't do that!
  • gobble - blowjob or, to eat as if starving
  • gob - Mouth (shut yer gob)
  • 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!")
  • granny" or "gran" - grandmother
  • grannied - didn't score a single point ("I was grannied at pool tonight")
  • granda - grandfather
  • greet - to cry
  • gutties - shoes

H[edit]

  • hackit - ugly, Ruby
  • hame - home "am away hame"
  • Harry hoofter- rhyming slang for "woofter" a derogatory term for a homosexual man.
  • hauf - a measure of whisky
  • haver - silly talk, nonsense/gibberish "stap yer havering"
  • haw - a quick saying to get someones attention, quicker than saying "hello". "Haw, stop ya bawbag!"
  • haun - hand "watch ma haun"
  • haud/hud - hold, stop "wanty hawd that?", "haud the bus" (hold it right there).
  • haud yer wheesht - stop talking
  • heavy - used to emphasise, "heavy shite" = awful
  • 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"
  • hee haw - nothing/empty
  • heid-the-baw - an idiot.
  • heavin (hee-vin) - very busy ("This pub is heavin, ye canny get movin.")
  • hirplin - to walk with a limp. ("She hirpled across to answer the door").
  • hoch-magandy - fornication (from an episode of the TV series The Sweeney).
  • hole - sex/vagina ("She's gettin' her hole the night fur definite.")
  • honkin - smelly/dirty ("Your breath is honkin' by the way.")
  • hoore - whore
  • hoora - slang term for "very" ("That Buckfast was hoora good.")
  • hoose - house
  • hoot - what ("Hoot are you talkin aboot?")
  • howfin'/howlin'/hummin' - smelly
  • hoachin - full
  • how? - why?
  • how no'? - why not?
  • huddy - idiot, stupid, lame brain

I[edit]

  • Isna(e) - Is not
  • Int it/Int it no? - Isn't it? (This place is brilliant, int it no?)

J[edit]

  • jag/jab - injection/punch
  • jaked - being in a state of drunkenness (I was jaked last night)
  • jake(y) - a person who is addicted to class A drugs or alcohol, and lives a poor quality of life as consequence / A down-and-out, a tramp.
  • jammy - lucky, normally unfairly so ("How dis he get tae skip the queue, but no' us? Jammy bastard")
  • jamp - past tense of jump (used mostly in the Highlands, especially the Black Isle).
  • janny - janitor.
  • jessie/jessy - wimp/big girl's blouse/effeminate or cowardly man: "he's a big jessie"
  • Jim Delahunt - sports pundit and former presenter of Scotsport, rhyming slang for "cunt", female genitalia
  • Jings! - Wow !
  • jobby - poo; plural form "jobbies"
  • jobby jabber - a gay man (derogatory)
  • junkie - a drug user, commonly heroin ("ya junkie bastard")

K[edit]

  • kelpie - a mythical water creature resembling a horse. Also a set of twin sculptures called "The Kelpies".
  • knob - slang for penis, in particular knob-end; an irritating or contemptible person ("Whit a knob man!")
  • knapdarloch - a piece of faeces hanging from an animal's fur
  • kip - sleep/nap ("If yur tired, try fur a kip." "am away fir a kip man, shattered")
  • kippy - left ("He's kippy-handed.")
  • kirk - church ("I can't get pished? Is this some kind of kurk?")

L[edit]

  • laddie - A boy or young man (as in "Aye, laddie!")
  • lavvy" - A lavatory (toilet) "Am gaun' tae the lavvy".
  • lecky - electricity - often used in reference to bills (she didn't pay her lecky this month)
  • lifted - to be arrested by the police. (e.g. He wiz totally pished an' the polis lifted him)
  • lip - cheek "(Ony mair o' yer lip an ah’ll skelp yer dowp)"
  • Li'ah' - like that ("An' ah wis li'ah'")
  • loon - boy (Aberdeen dialect), idiot (elsewhere)
  • loupin - very sore/infested with lice ("My heid is loupin.")
  • lassie - A girl or young woman
  • lugs - ears
  • loused - Finished, tired or shattered ("I'm loused")

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.
  • mad wae it (MWI) - comprehensively drunk
  • magic - great/excellent (That's pure magic)
  • mair- more
  • maist- most
  • malkied - (from Malky Fraser - Glaswegian 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)
  • mauchit/manky - very dirty (Your trousers are mauchit!! Ya manky bastard!)
  • meltit/melted - to be off one's face, usually on drugs - (Ah was pure melted man!)
  • mense- Great or other words, a shorter form of "immense
  • messages - shopping "Maw sent me fur messages last night"
  • mental - Insane, wild "that party last night was pure mental."
  • mibay/mibbe - maybe.
  • midden- Outdoors rubbish pile, tip "this room's a midden!"
  • min/mannie - mate (aw'right, min?)
  • mince - rubbish/nonsense - (Dinnae talk mince)
  • minger - A dirty/smelly/horrible person or ugly person
  • mink - an unhygienic person, "You wee mink."
  • minted - rich/wealthy ("Look at his motor, he must be minted.)
  • mingin - horrible/dirty ("Your bathroom is mingin", "this drink tastes mingin")
  • Mon then - A challenge to fight ("Fuckin' mon' then ya wee dick")
  • the morn - tomorrow
  • the morn's morn - tomorrow morning
  • motor - a car (originates from "motor car") "his motor's pure minted man!", "jump in my motor, I'll gie ye a lift hame".
  • muckle - large ("I caught this muckle fish doon the burn the ither day").
  • munter - ugly person ("That lassy you were winchin' last night was a proper munter.")

N[edit]

  • nae danger - no chance / no way / no bother
  • napper - head
  • Nat King - another word for intercourse getting your hole (from nat king cole)
  • Nat King Cole - intercourse, commonly nat king cole, hole (rhyming slang)
  • naw- no
  • ned- acronym for 'non-educated delinquent', hooligan, troublemaker
  • neebur- Neighbour
  • 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')
  • neeps- Turnips, eg, "neeps an' tatties"
  • nippin - stinging.
  • numpty - an endearing term/lovable idiot. Shows friendly banter ("Och, Jonathan! You're a right numpty")
  • nut - head, or another term used for the word no

O[edit]

  • oaf - off
  • Och awa' an' dinna talk pish - You're talking a load of rubbish
  • oan yer bike - go away
  • oan yer trolley - go away
  • Onybody - Anybody
  • oot - out
  • ory or orey or oary - Vulgar, common, lacking in social graces. Perhaps from "ore" i.e. unrefined material. Word may be peculiar to Dundee.
  • outwith Outside (he lives outwith the catchment area for the school. That is outwith the remit of the report.)
  • oot yer nut - really drunk ("mate, get hame yer oot yer nut."), off your head.
  • oxters - armpits

P[edit]

  • pan - break or disfigure ("pan the windaes in")
  • patter - Banter (yer patter's sweet pal)
  • panbread - dead
  • pap - a breast
  • paps - plural form for breast
  • papa - grandfather
  • park - field
  • Pedro - Amazing (Aww sur, that is Pedro)
  • peebrusht - rectum (from an episode of Minder)
  • peedy - small (" yer nae haf peedy ya ken ")
  • piece - a sandwich ("A had a cheese an' tomata piece this efternoon")
  • pimps - easy ("That exam was pure pimps")
  • pish - piss
  • pished - drunk
  • plastered - drunk
  • plenty - enough
  • polis - the police
  • pooched - broken, fucked, useless. ("I pooched my bird up the closie last night") used in anger or expression, mainly used by people from Angus or Fife
  • puckle - a few of something (not necessarily 2)
  • pucklie - a small amount
  • puddock - a frog
  • punny eccy - punishment exercises at school
  • pure - very, totally ("she's pure no right".) used to emphasise something.

Q[edit]

  • quality - great/excellent ("That film was quality.")
  • quine or "quinie" - girl, young woman, (Aberdeen dialect)

R[edit]

  • radge - Crazy, angry ("he went totally radge")
  • rat-arsed - drunk ("Lets get rat-arsed!")
  • Rebrov - man of stature (that guy is pure Rebrov man)
  • reekbeek - horrible, disgusting (That lassie is pure reekbeek)
  • reek - smell bad ("och, you reek")
  • Reprobate - Unprincipled person, ("Shut it, ya reprobate")
  • roamin - Taking a walk ("gone on the piss, no told the mrs an got lost")
  • roaster - someone who is making a complete cunt of themselves ("Here, did ye see that roaster oan the X-Factor the other night?")
  • raging - Very angry!!! (o' your pure raging mate)

S[edit]

  • sassenach - an English person, a British nationalist who sells out Scottish or Gaelic culture for Saxon traditions or, an outlander
  • scaffies - bin men
  • scheme - residential area, usually a council estate
  • schule - school (pronounced "skull") "Ye no gaun' tae the schule the day?"
  • scooby - clue, (no clue)
  • scram - go away
  • scramble - Scottish tradition at weddings where the groom throws small change out of the wedding car for local children to pick up.
  • scran - food or snack.
  • script - Plan, idea (What's the script)
  • scunnurt, scunnered - bored, fed up, exhausted (Ah'm pure scunnurt)
  • scunner - one who pisses ye aff, also used when hurt yourself (oh ye scunner that hurt)
  • session / sesh - a night out drinking ("me and the boys had a hoora session the other night")
  • shan - a shame ("that's shan as fuck", "shan times")
  • Shereen Nanjiani - a former newsreader and also rhyming slang for fanny, female genitalia (Ah booted her right in the Shereen Nanjiani).
  • shin - shoes.
  • shite - faeces.
  • shneeb - smoke.
  • simmer - Calm down (That kant needs to simmer before he gets leathered)
  • 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 night's 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!")
  • sleekit - sly or untrustworthy ("I widnae buy a car frae that sleekit bastard!")
  • slitter - To dribble whilst eating ("You better no slitter soup aw doon yer new jumper.")
  • 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.
  • speccy - used to describe someone who wears glasses.
  • spondoolyitis - 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
  • square go - a fair fight, one to one fight
  • steamin - drunk
  • stoor dust. Look at aw that stoor on the telly.
  • sup - small amount of liquid
  • swally - to swallow, also means alcohol ("Dae ye fancy gon fur a wee swally doon the pub?")
  • swatch - Look (Gae us a swatch o yur fanny)
  • sweltering - roasting / boiling / very warm "(it's absolutely sweltering today)"
  • swick - cheat

T[edit]

  • tad - tiny bit ("it's a tad small")
  • tae - to or, too ("Going tae the game"/ "aye, and Stevie's coming tae")
  • 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?")
  • taps aff - (tops off) it's a hot day <--- na just means the suns oot so we take wur taps aff.
  • tassie - cup (especially one for whisky)
  • tatties - potatoes
  • tekul - good
  • teuchter - someone that lives in the countryside. Originally used to describe a Highlander
  • 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) from rhyming slang: 'Turkish Delight' - Shite
  • twa - two
  • twally - A person of lesser intellect

W[edit]

  • wabbit - tired ("I'm feeling awfy wabbit").
  • 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.") // Large ("tha's ah wallaper ye goat there!")
  • wan / ane - one (number or referring to an object person) "Wan table please." "Wit wan de ye want?" "Geez ane."
  • wan - won "I wan the race." Or referring to having 'one'. I'm having 'wan' of them days
  • wank - short for wanker - "he's a wank"
  • warmer - (pronounced "wahrmehr") another name for a fool, idiot.
  • wean - (pronounced "Wayne") - child (Western Scotland dialect)
  • wee - small
  • wee barra - Literally "Small fair haired child". Used as a term of endearment (generally boys)
  • weegie - someone from Glasgow; from "Glaswegian"
  • well - very "This band's well good." "Bed's well comfy."
  • wench - A woman/female/girlfriend/wife. Derogatory term.
  • We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns - we're all the same, we're all God's children.
  • wha(e) - who
  • wheesht - be quiet (haud yer wheesht)
  • Whit - Lori says whit do you mean instead of What do you mean.
  • whit like? / Fit like? - How are you?
  • Whitey - Throw up/be sick, usually from drinking too much alcohol (Am gonnae whitey)
  • wifie - woman (usually referring to an older woman)
  • winch - to French kiss someone "geez a winch".
  • Windae - Window.
  • wit - what
  • wur - our as in We took wur taps aff (took our tops off)

Y[edit]

  • yaldi - an expression of deep joy
  • yaks - eyes
  • yeez - you / you'se
  • 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.
  • yonks - years, a long time ago. "A havnae been there for yonks".
  • yuptae - What are you up to? "yuptae th' night ya bawbag?"
  • yellae - yellow
  • yer - your