Wiktionary:Requested entries (Scots)

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  • Consider creating a citations page with your evidence that the word exists instead of simply listing it here
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    — Note also that such requests, like the information requested, belong on the base form of a word, not on inflected forms.

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  • a dee (Doric expression meaning "to do" as in "fit's a dee wi ye" meaning "what's to do with you" i.e. "what's wrong with you")
  • a wiy (Doric expression meaning "everywhere", literally translated as "all way")
  • abody (Doric for "everybody")
  • aboots (Doric for "abouts" as in "far aboots ye fae" meaning "whereabouts are you from")
  • affa (Doric for "awfully" or "very" but used in a different sense from, for example, "gey")
  • ah (Doric for "I")
  • ah da care sut (Doric expression meaning "I don't care at all")
  • ah'll (Doric for "I'll")
  • ahind (Doric word meaning "behind")
  • aifterneen (Dorc word meaning "afternoon")
  • aikea-guinea a musician in the Scottish band Cocteau Twins claims this means "seashell" and wrote a notable song of this title, see http://www.cocteautwins.com/html/history/history07.html
    • Found in Wright's English Dialect Dictionary (p. 31). My speculation, the guinea may refer to a coin as dollar does in sand dollar. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 03:14, 19 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • almichty (Doric word meaning "almighty")
  • amoont (Doric word, amount)
  • an a (Doric/Scots expression meaning "as well", literally translated as "and all", famously used in the phrase "ah'll hae an ingin ane an a!")
  • appairently (Doric word for "apparently")
  • at (Doric word meaning "that")
  • athegither (Doric word meaning "altogether")
  • athing (Doric for "everything")
  • aul (Doric variant of Scots "auld" meaning "old")
  • ayewis (Doric word meaning "always")


  • ba (Doric/Scots word meaning "ball")
  • bas (Doris/Scots word meaning "balls")
  • barra (Doric word meaning "barrow" or "wheelbarrow")
  • barrafae (Doric word meaning "barrowful")
  • beet (Doric word meaning "boot")
  • beets (Doric word meaning "boots")
  • Bertie Auld, short: Bertie - rhyming slang for cauld
  • blaa (Doric word meaning "blow")
  • bile (Scots word meaning "boil", used as a verb)
  • bin (Doric word meaning "been")
  • bocht (Doric/Scots, "bought")
  • bosker (Doric/Scots, roughly meaning "bruiser")
  • brak (Doric word meaning "to break", used as a verb)
  • brig (Scots word for bridge)
  • bug (Doric word meaning "bag")
  • bugs (Doric word meaning "bags")
  • bunk (Doric word meaning "bank")


  • caul (Doric variant of Scots "cauld" meaning "cold")
  • cha (Doric word meaning "chew")
  • chad (Doric word meaning "chewed")
  • chuckies (Doric/Scots word meaning crushed stone)
  • claes (Doric word meaning clothes, strangely listed as an English word for some reason!)
  • clipe (Doric word meaning to tell tales about someone to another person)
  • copey (Doric word meaning a small convenience store)
  • cowp (Doric word, verb meaning to tip [something] over or empty it)
  • craa (Doric word, meaning "crow")
  • cried (Doric word meaning "called", as in "at's fit at loon's cried?")
  • courie (Scots, West Central, word meaning "cuddle", as in "courie up")


  • da (Doric/Scots word meaning "don't")
  • dame (Doric/Scots word meaning a young woman, can be seen as synonymous with "quine" to an extent)
  • the day (Doric expression meaning "today")
  • deen (Doric word meaning "done")
  • dis (Doric word meaning "does")
  • disna, disnae (Doric word meaning "does not")
  • divna (Doric word meaning "do not")
  • doot (Scots/Doric word meaning "doubt")
  • dose (Doric word, meaning a small amount, similar to "puckle")
  • drap (Doric word, drop)
  • dump (Doric word for "damp")


  • eese (Doric word for "use")
  • em (Doric word meaning "them")
  • en (Doric word meaning "then")


  • -fae (Doric suffix meaning "-ful", as in barrafae, moofae, etc)
  • faimily (Doric word for family)
  • fairm (Doric word meaning "farm")
  • fairmer (Doric word meaning "farmer")
  • faa (Doric word meaning "fall", the verb, to fall)
  • faain (Doric word meaning "falling")
  • fan (Doric word for "when")
  • far (Doric word meaning "where")
  • fauk
  • ficht (Doric word meaning "fight")
  • fillum (Doric word meaning "film" - possibly also common in Highland English)
  • fin (Doric word for "when")
  • fit's a dee wi ye (Doric expression meaning "What's wrong with you?")
  • fince (Doric word meaning "fence")
  • fingurs (Doric word meaning "fingers" - pronounciation is notably different from English word "fingers" as the "g" is pronounced like the "g" in "stingers", not like the "g" in "lingers" as with the English word "fingers")
  • fis (Doric/Scots word meaning "face")
  • fleas (Doric word meaning "flies", as in the insects)
  • flee (Doric word meaning "fly", needs to be added as a verb also)
  • fleein (Doric word meaning "flying", as in the expression "fleein on" meaning "flying on" as in to do something quickly)
  • flooer (Doric word for "flower")
  • flooers (Doric word for "flowers")
  • footer (Doric/Scots word meaning a difficult or tiresome task)
  • fou (Doric word meaning "how" - current usage listed in Scots is an unrelated term from Central Belt Scots)
  • founder, foonder - https://dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/founder
  • fug (Doric word meaning "fag", as in cigarette)
  • fur (Doric word for "for")
  • funcy (Doric word meaning "fancy" - found in expressions such as "funcy pieces" meaning biscuits or cakes)


  • gairden (Doric word meaning "garden")
  • glaiss (Doric word, "glass")
  • glaisses (Doric word meaning "glasses")
  • grape (Doric word meaning garden fork)
  • grun (Doric word meaning "ground")


  • haimmer (Doric word, "hammer")
  • hairt (Doric word, "heart")
  • hale (Doric word meaning "whole")
  • haud gan (Doric expression meaning "keep going")
  • heidlichts (Doric word for "headlights")
  • het (Doric word meaning "hot")
  • hid (Doric word meaning "had")
  • hidna (Doric word meaning "had not")
  • hinna (Doric word meaning "have not")
  • hiv (Doric word meaning "have")
  • hivna (Doric word meaning "have not")
  • hooer (Doric word meaning "whore", also used in expressions like "hooer o a job" which translates to "whore of a job" meaning a task that the speaker does not relish the prospect of doing)
  • horny golloch (Doric/Scots word meaning an earwig or beetle, also horny-golloch)
  • how (Doric word meaning garden hoe)
  • hut (Doric word for "hit", used as a verb)


  • ile (Doric word meaning "oil")


  • jaicket (Doric word meaning "jacket")
  • jine (Doric word meaning "join")
  • jist (Doric/Scots word meaning "just")


  • keigh (Doric word referring to faeces)


  • leeze (as in "leeze me on", seen in Robert Burns and elsewhere)
  • lowse (Doric word meaning time to go home)
  • lugs (Doric/Scots for ears, listed in English but not in Scots)


  • mairried (Doric word for "married")
  • mebbe (Doric/Scots word for "maybe")
  • meikle (Doric word meaning a small amount)
  • michty (Doric word meaning "mighty")
  • min (Doric word meaning "man" but only used normally in greeting someone - is not used as a noun)
  • mink, also minker (Scots slang referring to an unhygienic, smelly, or dirty person)
  • minky, also minking (Scots slang referring to something that is unhygienic, smelly, or dirty)
  • mintie (Doric word for "minute" - the noun, not the adjective)
  • moo (Doric word meaning "mouth")
  • moofae (Doric word meaning "mouthful")
  • the morn (Doric expression meaning "tomorrow")
  • the morn's morn (Doric expression meaning tomorrow morning)
  • muckle (Doric word meaning a large amount, also synonymous with "much" - thus used in phrases like "nae muckle" meaning not much, and "nae ower muckle" meaning not too much)
  • moul


  • naewiy (Doric word for "nowhere")


  • ony (Doric word meaning "any")
  • onywiy (Doric word meaning "anyway")
  • Ouse baw( Word meaning (" wee/small piece of fluff")


  • pairk (Doric word meaning "park")
  • pairty (Doric word meaning "party")
  • pathie (Doric word meaning a path)
  • pey (Doric word for pay, same as South Scots usage already listed)
  • peysin (Doric word for "poison")
  • pince (Doric word meaning "pence")
  • pinshion (Doric word meaning "pension")
  • pint (Doric word meaning "paint" - pronounced to rhyme with "mint", not as with the word "pint" as in a pint of milk or beer)
  • pinter (Doric word meaning "painter" - pronounced to rhyme with "splinter")
  • pipper (Doric/Scots word meaning "paper", usually as in "newspaper")
  • pooder (Doric word meaning "powder")
  • poond (Doric word meaning "pound")
  • poor (Doric/Scots word meaning "pour" as in the verb, to pour)
  • puckle (Doric word meaning a small amount [of something])
  • pucklie (Doric variant of 'puckle', mentioned above)
  • po-yem (Doric word for 'poem')



  • raa (Doric word meaning "row")
  • rang (Scots/Doric word meaning "wrong")
  • reef (Doric word meaning "roof")
  • reet (Doric word meaning "root")
  • reets (Doric word meaning "roots")
  • roost (Doric word meaning "rust")
  • rubbit (Doric word meaning "rabbit")
  • rubbits (Doric word meaning "rabbits")


  • sae (Doric word meaning "so")
  • sassage (Doric word, "sausage")
  • scutter (Doric/Scots word meaning a difficult or tiresome task)
  • selt (Doric word for "sold")
  • Setterday (Doric word for Saturday)
  • shak (Doric word meaning "to shake", used as a verb)
  • shooder (Doric word meaning "shoulder")
  • shooer (Doric word meaning "shower")
  • shooerie (Doric word, variant of above)
  • shuffle (Doric for "shovel")
  • sintral (Doric word, "central")
  • sintre (Doric word, "centre")
  • sma (Doric/Scots word meaning small)
  • snaa (Doric word meaning "snow")
  • sook (Scots word meaning "suck")
  • soor (Scots word meaning "sour")
  • spad (Doric for "spade")
  • spik (Doric word meaning "speak")
  • splooter (Doric/Scots word meaning to make a mess, as with food or drink)
  • spoot (Doric word for "spout")
  • suhhin (Doric word meaning "something")
  • sup (Doric/Scots word meaning "sip", usually used only as a noun[?])


  • tak (Doric word meaning "to take", used as a verb)
  • tamata (Doric word, "tomato")
  • tap (Scots word meaning "top")
  • teem (Doric word, a verb meaning to empty [something])
  • teen (Doric word, meaning "taken")
  • telt (Doric/Scots word, identical to Geordie usage listed)
  • teuchter (listed in Scots as meaning a Gaelic-speaking Highlander, whereas in the north-east of Scotland it more commonly means a rural Doric speaker)
  • tooel (Doric word, "towel")
  • toon (Doric/Scots word meaning "town")
  • toonser (Doric word meaning a city-dweller)
  • toot (Slang word in Scotland for a baby, child, as in "wee toot")
  • tow (Doric word meaning rope or string)
  • troot (Doric/Scots word for trout, the fish)
  • til (Doric word, meaning "to")




  • weet (Doric word meaning "wet")
  • whilie (Doric/Scots word meaning "while", used as a noun only as in "a wee whilie")
  • wid (Doric word meaning "would", also meaning "wood")
  • widna, widnae (Doric word meaning "would not")
  • wifie (Doric word, used in an identical fashion to the Geordie dialect usage already listed)
  • wik (Doric word meaning "week")
  • wint (Doric word meaning "want")
  • wisna or wisnae (Doric/Scots word meaning "was not")
  • withoot (Doric/Scots for "without")
  • wiy (Doric word meaning "way")



  • yankie: H. L. Mencken claims that it is a Scotch word meaning "a gigantic falsehood". [1]
Not in big OED. Does anyone have a dictionary of Scottish slang? Dbfirs 07:42, 3 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The Scottish National Dictionary includes it as a diminutive of Scots yank (tremendous lie). I would not be surprised to find it in/called English, as the line between the languages is hazy. Cnilep (talk) 04:42, 23 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Preceding request moved from Requested entries (English). Vox Sciurorum (talk) 14:14, 5 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]