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From Middle English *clart, found in the verb biclarten (to cover or smear with dirt). Further origin uncertain.



clart (plural clarts)

  1. A daub.
    a clart of grease
  2. (now Scotland, Northern England) Sticky mud, mire or filth.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      I’m but a county Surveyor,– not really at m’ best upon the grand and global type of expedition, content here at home, old Geordie a-slog thro’ the clarts […].
  3. (Geordie, pejorative) A person who is unclean.
  4. (Geordie, pejorative) A fool.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ↑ISBN
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[3]


clart (third-person singular simple present clarts, present participle clarting, simple past and past participle clarted)

  1. (transitive, now Scotland, Northern England) To daub, smear, or spread, especially with mud, etc.; to dirty.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 43:
      Chris boiled water in kettles for hours and hours and then towels came down, towels clairted with stuff she didn't dare look at, she washed them quick and hung them to dry.