A few words from the Yorkshire Dialect. Contact us if you’d like to add any we’re missing. Enjoy!
GLOSSARY: A
Allus – always
‘appen – maybe, possibly e.g. “I’ll ‘appen that’s it” for “that’s possibly true”
aye – yes
GLOSSARY: B
backend – Autumn
bad ‘un – no good
badly – not in a good state of health, i.e.’How’s Martha?’, ‘She’s badly.’
Baggin – packed lunch
bagsey – childhood term, i.e. ‘bagsey my turn!’
bairn – child
bait/ bait – box snack/ packed lunch
bap – bread bun
bazzerking – relaxing/ telling off (?)
beck – brook
beefin(g) – blubberin(g) crying
be reight – it’ll be alright
berg – mountain
best y’ do – see that you do
black bright – black as’t face o’ spades very dirty
bonce – head
bonny – pretty
brant – steep e.g. “’tis a brant hill”
bracken – ferns
bray/braying – beating e.g. “you’ll get a good braying” or “I’ll bray you”
breadcake – bread roll or bap
butty – sandwich
GLOSSARY: C
cack-handed – left-handed, clumsy
chippy, chip ‘ole – fish and chip shop
chuckin(g) your guts up – being sick
chuddy – chewing gum
chuffed – pleased, excited
clarty dirty – muddy, sticky
clout – cloth or slap
coal ‘ole, coyle oyle – coal cellar
coit/cooat – coat
croggy r- iding on the cross-bar of a bicycle
GLOSSARY: D
daft as a brush – stupid
dale – valley
delve – dig
dowly- dull, gloomy, misty day
down’t – (road) down the (road)
dursn’t – daren’t
GLOSSARY: E
‘ead – head
eeh by gum – oh my God
GLOSSARY: F
faffing – messing about
fair t’ middlin – fair, in the middle
fettle – to tidy/mend
flaggin(g) – tired, worn out
flippin ‘eck (flipping heck) – exclamation of shock and surprise
flitin’ – moving house
flower – term of endearment
flummoxed – confused
foss/force – waterfall
frozzed – referring to face or fingers being very cold
GLOSSARY: G
gaffer – the boss
gander – look at
gill – stream
ginnell – alleyway
gi’ over give over – stop it
goodies – sweets
good ‘un – good one
goosegog – gooseberry
gormless – stupid
GLOSSARY: H
hell fire! – goodness me!
GLOSSARY: I
in a bit – bye
in’t – in the
GLOSSARY: J
Jammy – very lucky
Jiggered – very tired
GLOSSARY: K
kegs – trousers/underwear
kiddin(g) – telling a fib, joking
GLOSSARY: L
lake, laikin(g) – playing
lass – girl/young woman/wife
lug, lug’ole – ear
GLOSSARY: M
Maffin – hot and clammy weather,(I’m) mafted (I’m) hot
manky – not nice, unpleasant
mardy – moody, sulky, stroppy
middlin(g) – ok, average
mithered, mitherin(g) -irritated with something
(to have a) monk on – to be grumpy, to have a sulky face
Missen – Myself e.g. “I’ll do it missen”
GLOSSARY: N
narky – moody, sulky, stroppy, (mardy)
n’arn – now then
neb nose
nithered – very cold
not back’ard at comin’ for’ard – (not backward at coming forward) pushy person
nouse – sense
nowt – nothing
now then – hello
GLOSSARY: O
oh aye?! – oh really?!
‘ow do – how are you, hello
owt – anything
GLOSSARY: P
pack it in – stop it
playin(g) pop – to tell of/ get angry with
pot washin’ – washing up
pudgy – fat or chubby person
put wood in’th oyle – shut the door
GLOSSARY: R
radged – angry
ratty – grumpy/gross
reet – right
Rum’n – Cheeky/bit of a character e.g. “He’s a rum’n”
GLOSSARY: S
sarnies – sandwiches
Scotch – yows ewes
scran – food
seethee – do you see? (often used at the end of a sentence)
sh’ in’t in – she isn’t in
side/side the pots clear – clear the table
siling down – raining heavily
sithee – goodbye (see thee)
(have a) skeg – (have a) look
snap – food
snicket – small alleyway or footpath
spanish licqourice – apparently because Spanish monks bought a licquorice tree to Rievaulx Abbey
spice – sweets
sprog – child
spuggy – sparrow
starved/starves – really cold (not ‘hungry’ as you might expect) or makes cold eg: “Milk starves my tea”
summat – something
sup – drink
GLOSSARY: T
ta – thanks
tarra – bye
thee – tha you
thissen – yourself
thwaite – clearing
GLOSSARY: V
vexed – angry
GLOSSARY: W
waint – won’t
watter – water
GLOSSARY: Y
ya, yan – one
yonder – over there
PHRASES
‘appy as a pig in muck – very happy, content with oneself
look frinint ye – look in front of you (i.e. when walking)
more brass na brains – more money than sense
near as makes n’matter – close enough
neither use nor ornament – expression of disapproval; useless
that’s a threp in’t steans – that’s a blow/ kick in the… (shins?)
well, I’ll go to’t foot of’t stairs – expression of amazement
were ya born in a barn? – you’ve left the door open: close it!