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
  • ab'dy - everybody
  • a'thing - everything
  • aboot - about
  • air beige - pump or fart
  • ament 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 sez 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 - bum
  • anno / ah ken - I know
  • aff - off (off yer heed)
  • auld - old ( as in auld codger)
  • aw - all
  • awfy / affy - awfully

B[edit]

  • bairn - baby (jist a wee bairn!) or small child.
  • baffies - slippers.
  • bahoochie- bottom
  • bampot - an idiot, unhinged person (He is a bampot)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • brief - car
  • 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!)
  • chib - stab, a knife
  • chebs - tits
  • chum -to accompany someone (chum me to the shop)
  • 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
  • craic/crack - chat "(What's the craic?)"
  • cummoan - let's go,~~ please talk sense ~~ (vamos,. sp)
  • cundie - drain

D[edit]

  • da - father
  • dafty - silly, foolish person
  • dancin - nightclub ("Are you gawn to the dancin tonight?")
  • dangleberry - small piece of faeces hanging from the hair around the bum hole.
  • dead - very; usually used with "pure" in front to describe something (That's pure dead 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!")
  • 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)
  • 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
  • dowp - Backside, Bottom.
  • 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 - one also can mean eye "i got a pure black een"
  • 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.
  • eejit - Idiot

F[edit]

  • fae - from (far aboots you fae)
  • fack - fuck, (in the name of fuck ser)
  • fag - a cigarette
  • fanny - cunt (oi yer fuckin fanny)
  • fannybawz - a term of ridicule, in some cases of endearment (ho, here fannybawz, geez a chip)
  • far - where
  • fash - fuss (Dinnae fash y'sel)
  • fizzog - face
  • feart - to be scared, afeared (I'm feart of the dark)
  • feel - daft
  • fitba - football
  • fit - what
  • 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
  • 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 )
  • flange - have sex with ("I flanged her last night")

G[edit]

  • gan - go
  • gam - Blowjob
  • gawn - going ("am gawn hame")
  • gantin' - begging/gagging for sex - (See her, she's pure gantin' fur it)
  • gash - dismal
  • geez - give - ( geez it)
    give me (also written "gi'e us") Geez a wee nip
  • geggy - mouth - "(Shut yer geggy")
  • geks - glasses
  • gingin (pronounced "ging-in") - Disgusting ("He wis spewin his guts up (being sick), it was heavy gingin!")
  • glaikit - stupid ( ya glaikit bastard ).
  • Glesgae - Glasgow
  • Glesga - Glasgow
  • goat - got ("a goat it right!")
  • gobble - blowjob
  • gob - pussy, ["i grabbed her gob last night"] Mouth
  • gonnae no dae that - go and 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
  • 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 'poofter' a derogatory term for a homosexual man.
  • 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"
  • hee haw - nothing/empty
  • 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 night fur definite.")
  • honkin - smelly/dirty ("Your farts are honkin' by the way.")
  • hoor - 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
  • hoachin - full
  • how? - why?
  • HAW - a way to get someones attention "HAW, STOP YA BAWBAG!!"
  • how no'? - why not?
  • huddy - idiot, stupid, lame brain

I[edit]

  • Isna(e) - Is not

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 substances or alcohol and has poor quality of life as consequence
  • jamp - past tense of jump (used mostly in the Highlands, especially the Black Isle)
  • jessie/jessy - wimp/big girl's blouse
  • Jim Delahunt - sports pundit and former presenter of Scotsport, rhyming slang for 'cunt', female genitalia
  • jings! - Gosh!
  • jobby - poo; plural form "jobbies"
  • jobby jabber - a gay man (derogatory)
  • junky - a drug user, commonly heroin ("ya junky bastard")

K[edit]

  • 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 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!)
  • mense- Great or other words, a shorter form of immense
  • messages - shopping
  • mental - "that party last night was pure mental."
  • 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 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")
  • the morn - tomorrow
  • the morn's morn - tomorrow morning
  • munter - ugly person ("That lassy you were winchin' last night was a proper munter.")

N[edit]

  • nae danger - no chance / no way / no bother
  • nana - grandmother
  • 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', useless waster, 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, as in tatties and neeps or neeps an tatties, whichever you prefer.
  • 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
  • oakster - armpit
  • oan yer bike - go away
  • oan yer trolley - go away
  • Onybody - Anybody
  • oot - out
  • 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.

P[edit]

  • pan - break or disfigure ("pan the windows in")
  • patter - Banter (yer patter's sweet pal)
  • panbread - dead
  • pap - a breast
  • paps - 2 or more breasts
  • 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 ")
  • pimps - easy ("That exam was pure pimps")
  • pish - piss
  • pished - drunk
  • plastered - drunk
  • 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
  • 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 - young women, girl, daughter

R[edit]

  • radge - Crazy ("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)
  • roamin - Taking a walk ("gone on the piss, no told the missis an got lost")
  • roaster - someone who is making a complete cunt of themselves ("Here, did ye see that roaster oan x-factor the other night?")
  • raging - Very angry!!! (o your pure raging mate)

S[edit]

  • sassenach - an English person, or an outlander
  • 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)
  • 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")
  • Shereen Nanjiani - a former newsreader and also rhyming slang for fanny, female genitalia (Ah booted her right in the Shereen Nanjiani).
  • shin - shoes.
  • shite - poop
  • 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
  • swallae - to swallow, also means alcohol ("Dae ye fancy gon fur a wee swallae doon the pub?")
  • swatch - Look (Gae us a swatch o yur fanny)
  • swick - cheat

T[edit]

  • tad - tiny bit ("it's a tad small")
  • tae - to (or toe in some instances, "Ah hurt ma 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 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) from rhyming slang: 'Turkish Delight' - Shite
  • twa - two
  • twally - A person of lesser intellect

W[edit]

  • 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."
  • wanker - insult - "youre a pure wanker"
  • warmer - (pronounced "wahrmehr") another name for a fool, idiot.
  • wean - (pronounced "Wayne") - child
  • wee small
  • weebarrah wheelbarrow
  • weegie someone from Glasgow; from "Glaswegian"
  • well - very "This band's well good." "Bed's well comfy."
  • wha(e) who
  • wheesht/wissht be quiet (haud yer wheesht)
  • Whit What
  • whit like? / Fit like?' How are you?
  • "Whitey" - Throw up/be sick (Am gonnae whitey)
  • wifie - 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]

  • yaks- eyes
  • geein it laldie- giving 110%
  • ye make a better dare thin a windae - 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 / dockey - a large, but still throwable, stone.
  • yonks - ages, a long time.
  • yuptae - What are you up to? "yuptae th night ya bawbag?"
  • yellae - yellow