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Early 20th Century Fisherrow

A Brief Glossary of Scots Terms

Auld Hornie

Auld Reekie 

bairnsn

bannock 

bawbees 

besom 

birsed 

boiler 

bothie

brae 

brattle 

brother-bairns

buckies 

bungfull 

burn 

but and ben 

cairn

callan

caller

carlin 

chapel 

clarty

clash

clog-foot 

coggie-cart

couthie 

crack loofs 

creashie-mealie 

creel 

cruive 

dafferie

dang

daunder 

dee

deep-plate

dominie

doomster 

door-cheek 

door-sole

douce 

dover

dreich 

droll 

dulesome 

dulse 

efterins

eldritch

fain

fash 

fettle

foond 

flourish 

gaen aboot body 

Gansay 

gar 

gleek 

gloaming 

glower 

gour 

greet

grummie

hackit

haggis

hinder

hip and hoy 

hoch 

howes 

hurdies 

ilka 

ilka body’s body 

ilka-day dress 

jaupled 

jimp 

jouk the schuil

keech 

keek 

kick-bonnety 

kirk 

kirstening 

knappie 

kyne 

lane 

lick-my-doup 

linn

loofs 

lown 

lug

man muckle 

manse

menseless

muckle 

nebbiness

neep 

nullifidian 

orraster

oxter

partans

paunch

penny-jo 

pewling 

pickmaw 

pirl 

pirlie finger 

pockful 

pouk 

reavel-raivel 

reived

reek 

rise

roup 

rummlegumptio

saltire

sark

scarletina 

scart 

scauders

scauds 

scotch-hoppers 

screiving

seamaw 

sepad

settle 

siller 

skirled 

slip

sneck 

squattled 

steid

stravaiger 

striffin 

sunday braws 

swage

swither

tackety-boots 

take tent 

tane 

tawse 

thirldom 

thrapple 

thrawn 

thrawnie 

thrums

tirry

toom 

trauchle 

trig

trojan 

unco body 

victualler

wand-chair 

watterie

wean 

wee folk

wee schuil

widdie-rope

wight 

winnock 

winnock-bole 

winze

wulks 

wynd 

yestreen

-the devil

-Edinburgh (so called due to the large amount of factory smoke at the time)

-children

-a round flatbread baked on a griddle

-coins of small value

-broom

-bruised

-tea kettle

-primitive dwelling

-a hillock, particularly the slope of the hill side

-the physical feeling produced by thunder

-cousins

-edible mollusks of the Forth

-large quantity

-a small river or stream

-as a single phrase refers to a house

-a pyramid of stones acting as a monument to the dead

-a young man

-fresh

-elderly

-any non-Presbyterian church, particularly used to refer to the English church

-filthy, dirty

-to strike or slam

-an oversized or club foot

-a wooden push-cart often made from half of a barrel

-agreeable, friendly

-shake hands

-a dish comprised primarily of oatmeal fried in some form of fat

-a basket, usually wicker, for keeping fish in

-a fish trap placed in a river, figuratively means to confine many people in one place

-to fool around

-to strike

-to walk slowly or aimlessly without urgency

-die

-bowl

-a schoolmaster, sometimes used to refer to a clergyman

-the official who pronounced sentence in Scots courts of law

-door-post

-a door’s threshold

-quietly

-doze off

-protracted and wearisome

-somewhat crazed

-sorrowful, melancholy

-edible seaweed

-leftovers or after effects

-eerie, queer

-preference

-trouble or conflict, to fret or be or make angry

-physical strength or force of will

-foundation

-spring

-a vagrant

-Guernsey

-to urge on

-to jeer at

-twilight time near to dusk

-to stare at

-mucous

-to cry

-surly

-ugly

-a dish consisting of sheep organs minced and mixed with suet, oatmeal and onion and boiled in a sheep's stomach

-the posterior of a person

-to goad with excitement

-the thigh

-depression

-the buttocks and / or hips

-every

 -a popular person

-everyday dress

-dandled about

-slender, thin

-to skip school

-defecate

-to peek at

-an abusive game in which a boy’s hat is snatched from his head and thrown on the ground to be kicked about

-church

-christening

-bumpy

-cattle

 -lone

-“ass-kisser”

-waterfall

-the palm of the hand

-windless, calm, still

-ear

-a grown man

-parsonage

-lacking in manners

-much, many

-to be contradictory or nebbish

-short for turneep (turnip)

-agnostic or atheist

-a person who performs odd jobs as needed

-the armpit

-crabs

-stomach

-a cheap prostitute

-whining or complaining

-a black-headed gull

-to twist or to be coiled

-the little finger

-small bagfull

-to tug or pluck

-long-winded or senseless talk, figuratively means excessive disorder

-raided, robbed

-smoke

-a joke

-auction

-commotion or disturbance, figuratively refers to upset digestion

-a cross in the form of an X associated with Scotland’s patron saint Andrew who was martyred on a diagonal cross

-shirt

-scarlet fever

-to scratch out with the nails or an object (such as a tool like a rake or hoe)

-jellyfish

-something that floats on water, particularly suds

-archaic term (16th to 17th century) for hop-scotch

-writing

-seagull

-to uphold as being the truth

-a long wooden bench

-money

-something, usually a sound, that creates discord or clamor

-miscarriage

-to lock

-in a position of squatting

-foundation

-to wander

-membrane

-church clothes

-digest

-to act nervously or be nervous

-hob-nailed boots

-to pay attention to

-contraction of the + one

-a leather strap with two or more tails use for schoolhouse discipline

-servitude or subordination

-the throat

-twisted, crooked

-Mary’s word for “zombie”, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Thrawn Janet (1881)

-frayed fabric; the purring of a cat

-commotion, quarrelsome

-empty

-to drag

-neat or trim

-an overgrown person

-a stranger or an odd person

-a merchant

-a wicker chair

-the bathroom

-an infant or small child, contraction of wee + one

-the lower class

-pre-school or kindergarten

-willow branches interlaced to make a rope

-usually found in poetry to refer to a person

-window

 -a recessed window

-curse

-whelks (sea mollusks)

-a narrow street or lane that typically winds about

-yesterday + evening

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