Contemporary Scots Slang


- A -

  • A dinnieken I dont know
  • ABC Minors - kiddies shows or movies
  • Aff - Off
  • Am'fair peched  - to pech  i.e.  breathe noisily
  • AmurNay - I am not!
  • An then yer arse fell aff. A term used when someone is bullshitting.
  • Arse bandit - Pejorative term for a homosexual
  • Aslaat - I was remarked to say
  • Auldjin - Anybody older than 40.
  • Away an bile yer heid - Get lost, shut up.
  • Awfy Peely-Wally -  Sick, ill  
  • Aye -  Yes or always, depending on usage

 - B -

  •  Ba'-heid - over-inflated opinion of their own importance. pronounced Baw Heed
  •  Back a (ten) Phrase meaning meeting time (I'll meetcha the back a' ten)
  • Back green - backyard, common area behind a tenement
  • Baffies - Slippers, house shoes
  • Bahookie - freezer A bum freezer - A jacket or jersey that's too short
  • Bairn - child
  • Bajin - A bad one.
  • Baltic - really cold
  • Bampot - an idiot, unhinged person (He is a bampot)
  • Barnie - A bit of bother, a scuffle.
  • Barry - Splendid, good, wonderful
  • Baw  - bag scrotum
  •  Bawbag - scrotum, pejorative, also a useless person
  • Bawsed - drunk
  • Bauchle - A wee fat wifie.
  • Beedy -  Sharp or citrus like taste
  • Beelin  - (1) A boil or very angry plook! (2) Boiling, angry
  • Bellywasher - Pint of beer.
  • Berries - Great, brilliant
  • Besom - Originally a broomstick (supposing connected to witch), but now means a cheeky hussy, loose woman,
  • Bin howker or Bin Diver - A person who 'howks' (takes) rubbish out of bins for further personal use.
  • Blether - Gossip, chat extensively
  • Bletherskite - Someone talking rubbish, in the listener's opinion.
  • Vlootered - drunk
  • Boggin - smelly, dirty (That's boggin'!)
  • Bothy - A wee shepherds hut or roughly built holiday cottage.
  • Bowfin - smelly, similar to howfin.
  • Braw - Good
- C -
  • Cannae - Can not, can't.
  • Capercaillie - A game bird, looks kinna like a humungous grouse or partridge!
  • Catch a canter -  Hanging onto the back of a horse drawn waggon or dray without the drayman seeing you.
  • Chanty wrassler - a useless dishonest person 
  • Chaynge - no idea
  • Cheeky - smart aleck
  • Chillax - a combonation between chill and relax
  • chib/chibbin - a chib is a weapon (knife, bat, wood) - chibbin is the adjective (He is gonna get a chibbin)
  • Choob Tube - Stupid Person. Idiot.
  • Chuckter pronounced: chookter (or there abouts) means a yokel or non-townser
  • Chuffed Pleased -usually with oneself
  • Clipe -  to tell or snitch on someone
  • Clootie dumplin - A boiled pudding rich with dried fruits.
  • Close - An alleyway, a passage at the rear of houses.
  • Clout - To slap or hit.
  • Cludgie - Toilet
  • Coaxy - A piggy back carry. Also can be Collie-buckie
  • Contermashious - Contrary
  • Coo - prenounceation of Cow in scotland.  Can be am insult
  • Corriejukit - Left or wrong handed
  • Coup - Rubbish dump
  • Coupin'  - Hurting like hell.
  • Crabbit  - grumpy
  • Crakin - nice
  • Cratur - Whisky, scotch.
  • Crivens - Goodness me!
  • Cuddy - a horse; maybe also a donkey; even wee ponies.
  • Cuddy lug - A smart clout around the ear.
  • Coupon - face

D -

  • Daftie - A harmless idiot
  • Dale - a plank 'Diving dale' = diving board at a swimming pool
  • De'il -  Satan
  • Deid - Dead
  • Derry - to blame another
  • Didnae - Did not.
  • Dingy  - to ignore
  • Dinnae -  Don't.
  • Dog  - To have unauthorised absence from school, playing hookie
  • Doggin - Having sex in the back of a car
  • Dokey  -A penis as in "Sook mah dokey"
  • Drookit - Soaked to the skin. - heavy rain
  • Druthy - Thirsty
  • Dubble Nuggit - Ice cream between sandwich
  • Dunt - A thump, blow
  • Dwam - Daydream
-E-
  • Eat the breed -  idiot
  • Eeejit - A fool, an idiot
  • Erse - Arse, bum

-F-

  • Fag – cigarette, short of Faggot or False man, straw man
  • Fanny – it’s not the same as in US!! Fanny is front of the bod!! ;-)
  • Fash – worry, fret
  • Feart – feared, one who is scared is a freatie cat
  • Fit – to kick something
  • Fitba – Football, soccer
  • Flaky – panicky
  • Footer – to fiddler or tinker around something
  • Foosty – dust covered, moldy
  • Forfochan – exhausted and worn out
  • Full Bhoona – excited, give full attention to

-G-

  • Gadgie – terms for a man
  • Gallus – impressive, awesome
  • Gallusses – suspenders or braces to hold up your breeks
  • Gammy – something defective, such as a gammy leg
  • Gantin – disgusting, repulsive
  • Geezabrek – give me a break
  • Gemmy – not to be confused with gammy – the is more Western Scotland it means cheeky – och, you gemmy devil….
  • Gen-up – something is on the up and up, genuine
  • Gey – not to be confused with gay…if something is gey…it just means very
  • Ginger – ginger ale, soft drink – this is West Scotland. East Scotland you’d ask for a bottle of Juice
  • Gingy – deposit bottles for soft drinks, also can be referred to as Glass Queue, Jeg or Rammy
  • Girn – to frown
  • Gladys – means shite, cockney style word from Gladys Knight, Knight rhymes with shite (Trouble and Strife=wife)
  • Glaikit – stupid
  • Gob – to spit
  • Gowp – in agony or pain
  • Gravit – woolen scarf
  • Greet – cry - don’t go greeting about spilled milk...
  • Gub – mouth – shut her gub….
  • Guising – similar to trick or treating. Children would traditionally go Guising at Halloween in order to collect money to buy fireworks for bonfire night November 5th
  • Gutties – cheap tennis shoes good for walking in the gutters

-H-

  • Haar - fog
  • Hank Marvin – starving
  • Haud Yer Wheesht – shut up
  • Harry Wraggs – Siggys or Fags, cigarette
  • Hash – to make a mess of something
  • Hauf ‘n a Hauf – a half pint of beer or lager and a dram of whiskey
  • Hing Oot – a loose woman
  • Hipple – to limp
  • Hochmagandy – sex between unmarried couple. It was a stoning offence in Northern Scotland
  • Hogmanay – New Year Eve (see the Hogmanay Page)
  • Hurl – is not slang for barfing, but a ride…so if someone offers you a hurl, they they are merely offering you a ride up the road

-I-

  • Icey – ice cream cone
  • Ill Trickit – naughty or misbehaving
  • Innit – isn’t it?

-J-

  • Jag – injection, shots
  • Jaggy – bad tempered, irritatble, jittery
  • Jakey – a bum, alchoholic
  • Jammy – not a pajama, but someone who has all the luck
  • Jeeked – tired, exhausted
  • Jeely Piece – a jam sandwich
  • Jumper – a sweater

-K-

  • Keeker – a black eye
  • Keep The Heid – simply staying cool in when everyone else is losing it
  • Ken – to know (kent=knew kens=knows kenned=knew)
  • Kenspeckle – spotted or motley
  • Kettle – a wristwatch
  • Kip – sleep
  • Knickers - panties

-L-

  • Lass – a woman
  • Lad – a man
  • Leather – beating with a belt
  • Leal – Loyal
  • Lift – elevator
  • Lorry - truck
  • Loupin – infested with lice
  • Lug – an ear or can also be eavesdrop

-M-

  • Manky – for an object manky is dirty or filthy (also used in this same manner is Mawkit); for a person to be described in this manner is to say he is a sexual deviant (also Minger – originally Scots, but now used all over Britain)
  • Messages – no not emails or phone messages, it means to go shopping, generally for grocieries.
  • Mind – don’t forget
  • Morn – morning as in tomorrow morn
  • Muckle – grand, large, a lot

-N-

  • Napper – the head
  • Nash – hurry up
  • Ned – Non-Educated Delinquent, Ne’er-do-well
  • Neebs – neighbours
  • Neep – turnip (note that Neep is a turnip, while a turnip in Scotland refers to pumpkins or gords)
  • Nookie Badge – passion mark; love hickey

-O-

  • Offski – leaving fast, get away quickly
  • Oxtex – armpit

-P-

  • Pagger – a fight
  • Partan – a crab, refers to someone cranky
  • Peely-Wally – pale, wan, sickly
  • Peenge – To moan or bitch, complain
  • Peenie – An apron
  • Pee the Bed – a dandelion (from old lore – it was believed his a child picked one he would wet the bed that night)
  • Piece – sandwich
  • Pillock - idiot
  • Plank – plant as in ‘plant yourself down’
  • Plaster – sticky plaster; Band-Aid
  • Playgie – Playground
  • Plook – a zit; plooky is acne
  • Podger – to have sex
  • Poke – the paper fashioned into a cone for fish and chips
  • Polis – Police (Boaby is the Scottish nickname for a Bobby)
  • Potted – dead
  • Pram Posse – several mothers with baby buggies
  • Puddock – frog
  • Puff – to be alone
  • Puggled – exhausted, knackered
  • Puggy – vendor machine
  • Punt-up – to cup ones hands and give a boost upon a horse
  • Pus – similar to gub, a mouth

-R-

  • Radge – in a rage, mad, furious
  • Rake – no, not the legendary rake in romances, but an unspecified number such as “we are expected a rake of visitors to the exhibit”
  • Randan – have a wild night on the town
  • Red Biddy – cheap red wine and methylated spirits
  • Rift – to belch or burb
  • Right off the Reel - straight away, immediately
  • Rub Shop – a massage parlour that offers more than a massage
  • Rubber Ear – to ignore someone, what they say bouncing off your ear

-S-

  • Sap – someone who is a weakly
  • Scaffy – a road sweeper
  • Scooby – a clue – coming from Scooby Do
  • Scoosh – soft drinks
  • Scran – food – so if someone says “I’m Hank Marvin, got any scan.” He’s starving, so you have anything to eat
  • Scratcher – a bed
  • Scuddy – naked – Playboy has scuddy pictures
  • Scunner – to make yourself or others sick
  • Semmit – a vest
  • Sesh – tie one on, get drunk and stay drunk for a long time
  • Shan – unfair or mean spirited
  • Shillpit – skinny or underfeed
  • Shining Bright – a sarcastic response meaning the opposite – “My chances of winning the lottery is shining bright”
  • Shite it – to be scared or afraid
  • Shoogle – wobble, shake tremble
  • Shoot the Craw – to leave – “I’d love to stay and run my gub, but I have to shoot the craw”
  • Silly Moo - idiot woman
  • Single/Supper – how to order fish in a fish and chips shop – Single is just the fish no chips, Supper is with chips
  • Skelly Eyed – someone who has a weaselly expression; squinty eyed
  • Skelp – to slap someone
  • Skite – double meaning 1) to hit someone 2) to slide on a wet or oily surface
  • Slater – a wooden house, plank siding
  • Slug – a belt or drink, a slug of gin
  • Snell – snow
  • Snotter – runny nose
  • Soap Dodger – someone who forgets to bath often
  • Sov – a gold sovereign ring, flash jewellery
  • Spam Valley – middle class neighbourhoods
  • Spaver – splinter of wood
  • Spawny – lucky
  • Spew – like blaw means to vomit
  • Spraff – to talk, gossip
  • Square Go – a fight between two equals
  • Stauner – an erection
  • Steamie – a laundry
  • Stoat – head your head on something
  • Stoater – something impressive
  • Stookie – a plaster cast for when you break your arm or leg
  • Stoor – dust
  • Stooshie – a protest or fuss
  • Stowed Oot – extremely busy place
  • Swick – the cheat or swindle
  • Switherin – hesitating, unsure
  • Sybie – a spring onion

-T-

  • Ta – thank you, also bye as in ta ta
  • Tadger – an insult to a man…hum…family jewels meaning it’s small
  • Tap – borrow something – “can I tap you for a cup of sugar”
  • Tarry – marijuana
  • Tattie – potato
  • Tattie-Bogle – scarecrow
  • Tea Jenny – someone who drinks tea constantly
  • Thrapple – throat
  • Torn Faced – horrid mood
  • Tosser (Wanker) – insult to males
  • Tottie – very small
  • Tro – quick farewell
  • Twat - idiot

-W-

  • Wallies – false teeth
  • Wean – a child, literally “wee one”
  • Wee Man – a male child or a short male
  • Well-Skelped Erse – someone whose face show signs of alcoholism
  • Winchin – going steady
  • Windae Licker – feeble minded or action feeble minded
  • Wired In – if someone tells you “wired in” it means help yourself


 



 

     
       


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