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‘Appen                      Perhaps, maybe. E.g. “I’ll ‘appen that’s it” for “that’s possibly true”
Aback                       behind, at the back of.
Abide                       Bear, or Suffer
Aboon                       Above or Over, upstairs, in excess of.
Aboot                       About - At a rough estimation – e.g “it were aboot lunchtarm” – “I estimate it was almost midday”
Abreed                      to spread out
Acker                       an acre, see also yacker
Acrun                       Acorn
Addle                       Earn by labour
Addled                      Bad, rotten, intoxicated
Adlings                     Earnings, wages
Adoot                       except, unless, without
Afeared                     afraid, frightened. See also frit
Aflaid/afleyed              Afraid, dismayed, frightened. Also flaid, flait flayed.
Afore                       Before
Agait                       Start, To go, Move, Work. From Norse "agate" be on your way - get agate. Source Old Norse "gata"
Agane                       Against
Agate                       going, on the way, started, occupied with
Agee/Aglee/Ajee             askew, crooked, awry, on or to one side, uneven
Ah                          I, e.g. Ah dint – I did not.
Ahint                       Behind
Aht                         Out, Outside – not to be confused with owt, which means anything (well not literally, it has a specific meaning - just look it up will
                            you?)
Aigre                       sour
Aigs                        Haws
Aik                         Oak
Ailment                     Illness, a disease or sickness
Airiated                    Annoyed, puffed up.
Airt                        a point of the compass; a direction; a quarter; a locality; a region
alakar/alegar/alicker/      Vinegar
allicker/allikar/elliker/
elicker
Allock                      Dawdle
Allus                       Always
amaist                      Almost
Amang                       Among
Amell                       between. Amid, among
Anall                       Me too, As well
ananters/anauthers/         in case of, in the event of, lest. In case, in the event that.
anaunter/anauntrins/
anthers
Ane                         One, see also Yan, yah, yar, un
Anent/Anenst/nenst          Next to, in front of, side by side, opposite, towards, in reference to
Angrified                   Annoyed, wound up.
angallas                    Hang gallows.
Anyroad/onnyrooad           anyway, however.
Apeth                       A halfpenny worth (of sweets).
Apeth of Each               Not as it sounds, a mythical creatire of ancient origin, but a reference to a Fish supper, when for a penny you could purchase fish and
                            chips.
Apiece                      each
'appy as a pig in muck      very happy, content with oneself
Argie                       an argument, heated debate, to argue. Also Argie-bargie
Arles                       money given in confirmation of a bargain, e.g. an advance of wages
Arran                       a spider; a spider’s web
Arrered                     beaten; scarred; scratched
Arridge                     an edge, a ridge; a protrusion on the front of a horseshoe to avert skidding or slipping
Arrish                      a field of stubble following harvest
Arse                        posterior, bottom, back, behind, buttocks; back of a cart or wagon; back of something ("arse end of…")
Arse end                    The month of December, the end of the year, or generically the rear of almost anything.
arse over tit               Head over heels. Said of one who falls over dramatically whilst drunk perhaps.
Article                     a reference to a person made in a contemptuous manner
Arval bread                 type of cake made for eating at a funeral
Ask                         A newt or lizard, see also asker
askings/axins/spurrins      Marriage banns
Aslew                       not straight
Assnook                     the place under the fire grate where ashes collect, an ash pan, a chimney corner
Ast                         Have you?
Astead                      instead
At after                    afterwards, after - see also efter.
Atop                        On top
Attercop                    A Spider
Atwixt                      Between
Aud/Auld/Awd                Old, advanced in years.
aud farrant                 old Fashioned
Auld Man or Woman           Husband/Wife. It matters not what age the husband (or wife) might be - even newlyweds in their early twenties can rightly refer to
                            their other halves as auld man and auld woman. To differentiate between t'auld man and an auld man, must get confusing, best to
                            call an auld man Gramps instead. Exactly how you might refer to the auld man when he actually gets auld is anyone's guess.

Aught                       Anything - see owt
Aum/Awm                     An Elm Tree
Aumery                      A pantry, a cupboard
Avennyonyerennyonyer?       Yorkshire folk are renown for getting the maximum useage out of a single word or expression - as if words were money, to be spent
                            cautiously and wisely. This expression is an enquiry as to the possession of an undisclosed item or items, which would have to be
                            explained first. Hence - "Bugger, I'm outta matches. Avennyonyerennyonyer?" Literally "I have run short of matches. Do any of you
                            have any with you?"
Awant                       Warrrant
Awther                      each or either
Awfish                      Eldrich/Hideous or Elfish
Ax                          To ask
Axen                        Ashes
Axle tooth                  A molar tooth.
Axt                         Asked
Aye                         Yes, Affirmative. Always, ever
Ayont                       Beyond, on the other side
Ayup                        Traditional Yorkshire Greeting – Hello. See regional variation Eyup.
B
babby                       Baby
Bacca                       The back of, behind. Possibly also a reference to tobaco
Backend                     Autumn
Backendish                  The end of the summer
Backly                      late, backwards
Back ower                   Back over, back again
Backside                    bottom, posterior, arse
Backword                    the withdrawal or cancellation of an invitation or promise etc
Bad job                     Unfortunate, no good, a wrong ‘un, e.g. – e’s a bad job.
Badger                      a dealer; a pedlar; a trader. Also to persistently nag.
Badly                       Not in a good state of health, i.e. ‘How’s Martha?’, ‘She’s badly.’ And if she were to take a turn for the worse – “She’s reet badly” but
                            a sign of improvement “She’s reet” or “awreet”
Baggin                      Packed lunch, a snack: particularly one eaten in the fields during harvesting and hay-making; also packin’
Baggy/Bagsey/Bags           A claim or reservation on something – a childhood expression i.e. “Bagsey fost on swing” – “I claim the right to have the first ride on
                            the swing.”
Bahn                        Going/Going out. (also bound) , making ready; preparing; going; certain: Ah’m bahn ter fettle t’ winders: I’m going to clean the
                            windows; See also bun.
Baht                        Without; but for; except; save; see also See also bairt; bout
Baike                       Cycle
Bain                        direct; near; ready; willing,
Bainer way                  nearer route
Bairn (pronounced Bane)     Child

Bait/Bait Box               (North Yorkshire) Snack/Packed lunch
Baith                       both
Bait poken                  A bag for carrying bait
Bam                         A practical joke. A trick
Ban                         To curse or swear, from the old Norse banna.
Band                        String, rope, yarn or cord. Possibly also a belt.
Band end                    inferior quality; worn out; poor substitute
Bang                        to strike; to beat; to outdo; to excel
Bangers                     Sausages. Elsewhere you might get bangers and mash, meaning sausages and mash potatoes. In yorkshire you might easily end up
Bang on                     with sausages and a mug of Cumbrian equivalent would be "spot on."
                            Ideal, champion, sorted. The brew. Bangers are also small explosive charges set off predominently in the weeks leading up to bonfire
Bang on abaht               To reiterate and idea or opinion repeatedly, often to the annoyance of others. He's always banging on abaht …(whatever)
Bank                        Not a place for keeping money, but a hill or spot of high ground.
Banked                      Bankrupted
Bantling                    A child
Bap                         A bread bun, baps is also slang for a ladies large breasts.
Bar                         A city gateway, a stile/ Also meaning excepting, excluding. If barred from the pub, you custom is no longer welcome.
Barf.                       A long low hill, taken from the old norse word bjarg. Also the act of vomiting violently, perhaps after running up said hill on a full
                            stomach.
Barfan                      Not a pub enthusiast but a collar for a working horse, also known as a Barfin or barkum
Barguest                    Unlikely to be welcome in the pub a bargeust is a prophet of death or disaster.
Barley                      a word employed in children’s games when a truce is asked for; also barlow
Barm                        Yeast
Barm Cake                   A bread bun
Barm Pot                    A silly or Idiotic person
Barmy                       empty headed, crazy
Barrow                      A Grove, and also a burial mound
Bastile                     Workhouse
Bat                         To strike or hit, a blow, a stroke
Baulks                      wooden beam laid with boards to form a loft
bauter/balter               to move clumsily , to stumble; to be unsteady on one’s feet manner

Bawl                        to cry, weep, to shout
Bazzerking                  A telling off, a reet rollocking. Also relaxing.
Be Reight, be Reet          It’ll be alright
Beal                        to roar, to weep or shout
beald/beild/beil/beeld      a shelter for sheep or cattle; also beeld, biel, bield. Sometimes also called a fold
beastlings/beestings        the first milk given by a cow after calving;
beeslings/beestlings/
bisslins
beasty pudding              dish made with beastlings
beb/bub/bup                 a sip, a drink
Beck                        A stream or Brook
Beclarted                   aubed; smeared with dirt; sticky; see also clarty
Beefing                     Crying
Beet                        To Repair
Behint                      behind
Belang                      Belong, to be a native or inhabitant of a place ; to be born in; to come from;
Belder                      To bellow, to roar.
belike                      probably
belk                        to belch
Bell tinker                 a strong hard blow; a severe thrashing; a telling off
Bellaces                    the tongues of leather boots
Bellikin                    A puppy
Bellusses                   lungs, bellows
Belly timmer/belly timber   Food

Belly wark                  Stomach ache
Belt                        1. A leather band used to hold up trousers. 2. To Strike someone hard. Important to consider the difference; if someone offers to give
                            you a belt it is more likely you are about to be assaulted, rather than to receive an impromptu gift of some leather goods. 3. Can also
                            be a reference to the inclement weather – it were belting down – it was raining particularly hard. 4. A reference to excess speed – the
                            car came belting round the corner.
Benjy                       A mans straw hat
Benk/Bink/binch             A bench seat
Bensil/Bensel               To beat or thrash, from the old norse benzla
Berg                        Mountain
Berryin'                    Burying. Or possibly the act of picking soft fruit.It is important to understand the difference, otherwise you could end up with stains on
                            your best suit, or arrive innapropriately dress at a funeral.
Besom                       A cheap but effective broom, made of twigs tied around a stick, the sort of thing a hag might use.
Bethink                     to call to mind, to recollect to remember(used reflexively)
Betterly                    Fine, okay, the opposite of badly
Berk                        An idiot
Best y’ do                  See that you do.
Bewer                       A young woman
Bezzle                      to eat or drink greedily; to squander
Bid                         To invite to a funeral
Bidden                      borne ;endured; put up with: see bide
Bidder                      person selected to carry out the bidding for funerals
bidding                     invitation to a funeral
biddy                       a louse
bide                        to endure, to bear, to put up with
Bield                       Shelter
Big                         To build. Also byg
Biggerstang                 Scaffold pole
Binds                       replaceable timber attached to a ship to avert damage to the hull
Bing                        A bin
Birk                        A birch tree. Not to be confused with a berk.
Bishopped                   confirmed (in the religious sense)
bitings                     grazing land
biting on                   a workmans mid morning snack
Bizen                       an example; something shocking; a disgraceful thing; a scandal; extremely bad; shameful; see also byzon
Black Bright                Extremely dirty
bladder                     a person who can never get things right
Blain                       Swelling or boil, a sore on the eye; a stye; a swelling on cow’s udder; a blemish; see also blaan, blein
Blag                        a blackberry; to pick blackberries; also bleg
Blake                       Sallow, yellow usually of complexion.
Blair                       to cry; to roar; to weep(as a child); bellow (as an animal); see also blare
Blairy                      noisy (as a young child)
Blamed                      Damned - a minor profanity
Blash                       to splash
Blashey                     squally; wet (as with weather), conditions after sudden heavy showers; puddly
Blate                       Bashful, abashed
Blather                    To talk foolishly, to babble, to talk nonesense. Also sticky mud that clings to the boots. Don't come in 'ere with all that blather on!

Blathered up               Dirty, covered in muck. Blathered can also mean drunk.
Blatherskite               Also Blathershite – one who talks nonsense or incessantly
Blaw                       to blow, to breathe. Also to blossom
Blazer                     1. A smart suit style jacket worn to play cricket in. 2. a sheet of metal held against fire grate to create a draught and cause the fire to
                           blaze up (also known as a bleezer)
Blea                       Lead coloured, bluish black
Blear                      to dim the vision; to blur (as with tears) to smear; to spread
Bleat                      to cry out; to babble; to prate ; also blate, bleit
Bleb                       Blister, Var of blob: a small swelling; a pimple; a pustule
Bleck                      Thick and dirty grease, on a wheel bearing for example. Or as a verb to make guilty; to shame
Bleg                       Blackberries, and also the act of collecting them.
Blether                    1. to talk nonsense. 2 A bladder
Blethered                  Out of breath, exhausted
Blether skite              A gossip
Blewit                     A type of edible mushroom having a bluish tinge
Blindin' / Blinndin'       rubble for foundation of a road
Blish                      Blister
Blithe                     Merry, Cheerful
Blobs                      Kingcups, Cowslips
Blonk                      to sulk, to scowl, alternatively, to disappoint
Blowed                     amazed; overwhelmed; staggered; e.g. Well, I’ll be blowed
Blub                       To cry, to tell on, to give evidence to the police
Blunderbuss                a blunderer; a clumsy individual
Bluther                    to blubber, to weep
Blutherment                a soft and slimy substance such as mud
Bocken                     To retch and or vomit.
Bockle                     Bottle (Hull dialect)
Bod                        Bird
Bobby oil                  A police Station
Bog                        Possibly a reference to marshland, but more likely the toilet.
Boggart/Boggard/           Ghost, Spectre, Goblin, an evil spirit
bogle/boggle
Boggin                     The act of begging, or a desperate need for something. Ah'm bogging forra cuppa. - I would really like a cup of tea.
Bogie/Bogey                a child’s home-made cart consisting of a board with two pairs of wheels, often liberated from a cast off pram
Bollies                    Ball bearings used as an alternative to marbles.
Bonce                      Head
Bonn                       To burn
Bonney                     A Match For Bonaparte, nice looking, pretty, attractive
Bonniwooding               the act of collecting fuel for a bonfire
Bool/Boole                 To walk alongside and push say a bicycle e.g he was booling his bike along the pavement.You could also bool marbles, a ball or a
                           hoop if you were so minded. As a noun it refers to a child’s hoop rolled by along using a stick; also booler, bowl
Boose                      A division or partition in a cowshed. In some districts this could also mean public transport.
Boose stake                A post to which a cow or other animal is chained
Boot                       something given in addition to make up a short-fall in value: e.g. money equalising a barter or exchange of horses; also bute

Borrell                    Bottle - A borrell of beer.
Bottery/bothery/bourtree   An elderberry bush

bounder stoop              A boundary stone or post
Bowt                       Purchased, bought
Bowt bread                 bread purchased from a bakery or shop as opposed to being home-made
Brade                      to spread abroad, to gossip
Brae                       A hillside, a riverbank
braid                      1. To vomit. 2. to mend or make such things as crabpots and nets
                            3. (of, after, on) to take after someone; to be like them; to resemble - he braids after his aud man (he looks like his dad)
Braidy                     Foolish
Brak/Brok                  Broke
Brandrith                  An iron grid pan
Brant                      Steep e.g. “’tis a brant hill”
Brass                      Money
Brat                       An apron, a rag and also a reference to anothers badly brought up offspring.
Brattles                   Thunderclaps
Bravely                    well, in good health
Brawn                      A boar, boar flesh, pig meat. Also a tasty dish made by mincing leftover ham with jelly and spices to form a congealed mash which
                           once cooled can be sliced and eaten with pickles.
Bray                       Beat up, to beat, to thrash, to hammer
Brazen                     shameless; impudent; also brassant, brassen, brassen'd, brassened, brazened, brazzant, brazzen'd, brazzent
Bread fleg                 wooden frame or rack suspended from ceiling near the fire - originally used for drying oatcakes but later for drying washing and now
                           seen in some houses to hang pans and pots from.
Breekins                   Bracken
Brew                       A cup of tea.
bribe                      a short length of left-over or faulty cloth
Brig, Brigg                A bridge, but may also refer to a rocky headland promontory such as Filey Brigg.
Brimmer                    anything abundant or excellent
Brinkside                  A riverbank
Britches/Breeches/         Trousers
Breeks
Brock                      A badger
Brod                       1.(noun) a pointed instrument used in rug-making and thatching; see also thack-brod 2.(verb) to make a rug
Broddle                    to pick out; to poke; to make holes in; to probe; also proddle
Brok                       Broken. Also as in the expression Ah'm Brok meaning I have insufficient funds.
Browt                      Brought
Brussen                    Full of food, bursting, having an over full stomach; burst; also brussen
                           (but in some parts can mean ‘pompous’, ‘self-important’ Clever, Smart Alec)
Brussen guts               A glutton
Brussen gutted             Greedy
Bub                        to drink
Buck                       Impudence, Cheek
Budget                     a milk container carried on the back and held in place with leather straps (as with a rucksack)
Buffet/Buffit              Stool, particularly the three legged kind. Posibly also a finger food help yourself style meal, although that's only for posh folk.

Buffle head                A fool
Bug                        conceited; pompous; proud
Bull week                  the final working week immediately preceding a holiday
Bullet                     A sweet
Bummel-Clock               Beetles
Bun                        A small cake, and confusingly, also a small round loaf of bread.
bunch                      To kick, to push
Bunkered                   in a difficult situation; defeated
Buppy                      A baby's drink
Burn                       A stream or brook
Bur tree                   An Elder tree
Buryin'                    A burial, a funeral
Buryin' Brass              Savings set aside to pay for your funeral so as not to leave a financial obligation upon your family.
Bus/Busk                   to adorn; to dress (up); to deck: see also buss
Bussie                     A bus fare, the bus station
Bust/Busted                Broken. See also Brok
But and Ben                The front and backl of a house
butt                       a short section of ploughed land in an unevenly -shaped field
Butty                      Sandwich
Buzzard                    A nocturnal moth
Buzzer                      The factory hooter or steam whistle signalling the end of a shift.
Byre                        A cowshed
C
Cack-handed                 Left handed, or simply clumsy
Cadger                      Borrower, also, one who collects corn and takes to mill for grinding
Cahd                        Crouched
Cahr                        To settle down, become quiet.
Caitiff                     Infirm
Cake’ole                    Mouth
Cal(s)                      Gossip(s)
Callin                      Gossiping
Cam                         Bank, slope or ridge.
Canty                       Briskly
Cap                         Surpass, Beat
Capt                        Surprised
Carr                        Marshy woodland or shrubland, a Marsh, but not to be confused with a bog which is a toilet
Cat Hawed                   Drunk. Pronounced cattored
Cauld / Cawd                Cold
Causer edge                 Kerbside
Causey                      Pavement
Chat                        A fir cone
Chelp                       Talk loudly
Chelpin’                    Complaining
Chelpin’                    Talking
Chessing                    Chasing. E.g. “e’s out chessing skirt.” – “he is out seeking female company.”
Childer                     Children
China                       A reference to the best cups and plates in the house, i.e. those that match as a set, rather then the chipped and cracked odds and
                            ends kept for everyday family use. “Vicar’s coming for high tea, get best china out.” These need not necessarily be made of China
                            clay, or from China, in fact these days those from Argos are perfectly acceptable, the key issue being they are only displayed and
                            seldom used except for honoured guests or at Christmas.
Chip ‘oil, Chip ‘ole        Fish and Chip shop, also mouth – As in shut tha’ chip ‘ole
Chippy                      Fish and Chip shop, a carpenter
Chuckin tha guts up         Being sick
Chuddy                      Chewing gum
Chuddy                      Chewing Gum
Chuff                       Arrogant
Chuffed                     Pleased with oneself
Chuffed                     Pleased, excited
Chuffy                      Haughty
Chunter                     Mutter
Churched                    Baptised
Clag                        Dirty. Sticky mud. See also blather.
Claht                       Cloth
Claht ‘ead                  Cloth head, Stupid
Clant                       Piece of cloth
Clap                        to apply quickly, put down quickly or slap with the hand. Also a dose of the pox.
Clart                       To smear
Clarty                      Muddy
Clawk                       Scratch
Cleg                        A horse fly.
Clem                        To starve
Clemmed                     Hungry
Clemmy                      Stone, of a good throwing size. Not to be confused with a cobble, which are more weighty and used for paving. Or indeed fishing.

Cletch                      Brood of young birds, Chicks
Clobber                     Clothes. “Get tha clobber on, weroff round town.”
Cloise                      Near, Field
Clout                       Cloth, to slap someone. Also in parts a vest, as in ne’er cast clout ‘til May is out – an advisory saying to dress warmly until Summer is
                            in full swing, as the weather in Yorkshire can be extremely changeable.
Cludger                     (Specific to Knaresborough district) Toilet
Cluthered                   Tangled
Clutter                     Huddle, also mess. His room was full of clutter.
Coal ‘ole, coyle oyle       Coal Cellar, see also Coil ‘ole
Cob                         Not only a male swan or a large horse per the ordinary dictionary definition, but also a Stone (Cobble stone) a small fishing vessel,
                            and a breadcake. Additionally it can also be used as an adjective verb meaning to sulk; i.e. he's got a reet cob on.

Cobble                      A stone or fishing vessel.
Cobby                       Active
Coggie                      The crusty end of a loaf, so called because of it's apparent resemblance to a corricle, a type of boat used by ancient fishermen of the
                            yorkshire coast.
Coil                        Coal
Coil ole                    Cellar door, or access to coal storage area.
Coit                        Coat
Collop                      thick slice or lump of food, usually ham, bacon or potatoes
Comfort                     (East Riding) Daytripper or tourist – as in, “e’s comfort day” – He has come for the day. see also Swallow, a summer holidaymaker,
                            i.e Comfort summer.
Conny                       Darling
Cottered up                 Tangled
couldn't organise a piss    badly organised, can't do anything right
up in a brewery/ couldn't
organise a set of fat
bobbies
Crabby                      Irritible
Crake                       Crow.
Creel                       A bench for killing pigs
Croggy                      To give an illicit lift to someone either on the crossbar or other part of a bicycle constructed only for the carriage of one person – a
                            two up.
Cronked                     Crouched, huddled up
Croodled                    Bent Double
Cropset                     To have difficulty in swallowing
Cupper                      A cup of tea - probably a mug actually. Only southerners use cups, Yorkshire folk like a proper drink to wet the whistle, not just a
                            mouthful in a silly little cup with a handle too small to stick your fingers through - is that why poncy southerners do that finger in the
                            air thing? Get a proper mug with 'andle you can get three fingers in and a proper grip on.
Cuvins                      Periwinkles
D
Daggle                      Grow Moist
Dale                        Valley
Dassent                     Dare not, also dursent. E.g. “ah dursent be tardy, t’auld man’ll skelp me.” – “I dare not be late, my father would be displeased and
                            react with violence.”
Dawks                       Hands
Day-Tale Men                Day Labourers
Dee                         To die.
Deg                         To sprinkle - usually water, but can be any action of sprinkling.
Delver                      Quarryman, from delve i.e to dig.
Ding                        To hit heavily, knock or throw down violently. Also the result of such violence, to have a ding on the ear - a bruise or mark.
Dinner                      What the rest of Great Britain refers to as Lunch. If you are invited to Dinner in Yorkshire it is important to appreciate the difference
                            between “Dinner” and “Lunch” or you could end up with no lunch at dinnertime, no tea at dinnertime and tea with just about
                            everything.
Dint                        Did not.Also, a minor ding or dent in a car perhaps.
Disropulous                 A wonderfully colourful expression, meaning disruptive, acting with verbal and perhaps physical truculence. No dictionary I have
                            checked has any variation of this unique Yorkshire word.
Doff                        Take off. Also a pretence to take off a hat, in a sign of reverence or subservience to the gentry, in olden days the cap would be
                            removed when talking to the upper crust. More latterly the act of actual removal of the cap was forsaken for the pretence of being
                            about to do so, hence merely touching the cap in a sort of informal salute becomes the "doffing" of the cap

Doit                        to become forgetful or confused; to allow things to slip from memory; to be failing (with age)
Dollop                      lump of something (usually soft, like mashed potato) An affectionate term for someone of a soft disposition, slightly backwards perhaps.
Don                         Put on (clothes)
Doon                        Down.
Dowly                       Dull, gloomy, misty
Downtroad                   Down the road.
Durn                        Door post
Dust                        Do you?
Duyawannacupper?            Would you like a cup of tea?
Dwine                       Waste
E
Earole                      Ear
Een                         Eyes
Eldin                       Kindling
Ettle                       To intend, to aim towards
Ey                          Island or dry area within a marshy place.
Eyup                        Hello.
F
Faffing                     Messing about
Fair t’middlin              Fair to middling, in the middle, alright. A response perhaps to “how dust?” – “How are you doing” – “Fair t’middlin” – “I’m alreet
                            thanks”
Famished                    Ravenous, hungry
Fancy                       A small cake or confectionary, ideally used for decorative purposes only in posh houses or shop windows, a fondant fancy. Fancy
                            can also be a verb used to express desire, "Ah fancy 'er rotten!" - I really like her.
Fast                        Short of or stuck.
Feight                      Fight
Fell                        A hill or mountain slope in rough moorland, Moor.
Femmer                      slight, light, weak.
Fettle                      Mend or Clean, Condition, Get ready
Fish supper                 Fish and Chips
Fizzog                      Face, from the French Visage
Flags, Flagstones           flat, thin, rectangular stones used for paving, roofing or flooring
Flaggin’                    Tired, worn out.
Flappin'                    Gossiping - literally lip flapping, talking about nowt.
Flay                        Frighten, scared
Flep                        Mouth, Lips
Fligged                     Fledged
Flippin'                    A strong profanity by Yorkshire standards, used under extreme provaction - "Someones kifed me flippin' packet." - translation "I am
                            most upset, someone has stolen my wages."
Flit                        To move house at short notice, usually to avoid rent arrears or perhaps to evade arrest by the Police
Flower                      A term of endearment, see also petal or pet.
Flummoxed                   Confused, thwarted.
Forard                      Forward. Advanced. Ahead of one's self.
Force                       Waterfall.
Forkin-Robber               Earwig
Foss                        Waterfall.
Fost                        First.
Fost futtin                 First Footing. An ancient custom whereby a dark haired man has to be the first to enter the house, via the front door, carrying a
                            candle, coal, bread, coins and salt (with regional variations) to bring in the New Year immedaitely after midnight, and with the back
                            door open to allow the old year out. The candle represents the New Dawn to come, coal ensures warmth, bread is symobolic of food
                            to ward off the possibilty of famine, the money promotes wealth and the salt promotes health and well being. Quite how this works out
                            when the burglar has nipped in the back way and made off with your DVD player isn't too clear.

Fotch                       Fetch
Fowl                        Bird.
Frame                       Show promise, to “frame up”
Fratch                      Quarrel
Fret                        Mist. Also Worry
Fretting                    Worrying
Frit                        Frightened
Froz or Frozzed             Very cold, a reference perhaps to the face or fingers after a spell outdoors
Fudge                       To drop or fumble for example a cricket ball, or to otherwise perform badly
Fugglin’                    Cheating
Fullock                     Rapid motion. Impetus, Force
Fuzzock                     Donkey
G
Gaffer                      Boss, Foreman
Gainest                     Nearest
Gal                         Gossip
Gallases                    Braces
Gain                        near, quick.
Gander                      To look at.
Gansey                      Cardigan, sweater or pullover
Gapin                       Yawning
Garth                       A Yard, or small gras enclosure adjacent to a house.
Gate                        way, street.
Gathering                   Turning septic
Gaum                        Understand, heed, also common sense, hence gaumless - lacking in any sense.
Gauvies                     Simpletons
Gawby                       Fool
Gawk                        Left handed. See also kack handed
Gawp/Gawpin                 to Stare or staring open mouthed.
Gear                        Personal belongings. “Get your gear together, wern flit.” (Gather your belongings we are leaving)
Geeoer                      Give over, stop, desist
Geremin                     To order a round of drinks – literally “Get them in”
Gereminagen                 To purchase a further round of drinks – see above
Gerrinonferhullfairinnit?   The time when the travelling fair visits Hull is rapidly approaching is it not?
Gill/ghyll                  Stream, small narrow valley or ravine.
Gilt                        Immature female pig
Gimmers                     Immature female sheep yet to give birth to lambs
Ginnel                      Alleyway, usually roofed between houses (see also tenfoot – East Yorkshire)
Gip                         Retch
Gissa                       Give us/give me. E.g. “Gissa skeg” – “Give me a chance to look”
Glammog                     A large marble
Glocken                     The start of a thaw, when snow begins to melt away.
Gloppened/Glottened         Astonished, Surprised, possibly even flabbergasted.
Glory ‘ole                  Cellar
Gob                         Mouth
Godspenny’s                 Earnest Money
Goff, Guff                  Terrible smell, the act of breaking wind
Gollup                      Gulp
Gome                        To return to one’s dwelling
Goodies                     Sweets
Goosegog                    Gooseberry, either the fruit or a third person who prevents the advances of an amorous couple by their mere presence. A chaperone.

Gormless                    Stupid
Gowk                        A cuckoo
Gradely                     Nice looking, Grand.
Grand                       Acceptable, appreciated, well, big, good. It's a Grand Day. Can also mean posh. A grand house is a big, posh house.
Grain                       fork in the branches of a tree; where a stream branches; prong of an eating fork
Gripe                       Garden Rake. Also to gripe, is to complain, or to whimper and cry continuously, as in a new born baby with trapped wind.
Gripe Water                 A mild medication given to babies to ease trapped wind and therefore ensure a restful night, used when one has run out of gin.

Groop                       the slurry drain in a cowshed; open sewer
Gubbins                     The oily internal parts of an engine, or a reference to anything compex and fiddly, like internal organs.
Gumption                    Common Sense
Guzzle                      Eat greedily
H
Hafe                        Shelter
Hag                         An old woman, possibly a witch, generally but not necessarily ugly.
Hagg                        Part of a woodland area, especialy on a sloping bank
Handsel                     Money given to someone to seal a bargain or bind a contract, possibly a bribe. From old Norse, Handsala
Happen                      Perhaps, mabe, by chance
Hask                        Keenly
Hast?                       Have you?
Haver                       oats
hawd on a bit.              Wait a minute
Hawdonabit                  Wait a moment. Yorkshirefolk can run more than one word together to form a new word from many.
Hey up                      look out, be careful. Also used as a greeting.
Hiddy                       Hide and Seek
Higg                        Temper, annoyance, to take offence at something.
Hoamin                      Murmuring
Hold on                     Wait, Slow down
Hoss                        Horse
Hot Cake                    A bread bun, with a floured underside, and having a soft doughy texture.
Hugger Up                   Crowd Together
Hutch up                    Move over
I
Ice shoggles                icicles
if tha dunt behave thesen   If you do not behave better I will beat you to the point where your bowels will loosen and the entire spectrum will be represented in
am gonna knock seven        the resultant expulsion from your bowels.
sorts of shit out o' thee

Ing                         ,eadow, especially a water meadow by a river.
J
Jaloused                    Suspected
Jamb                        Door post
Jammy                       Very lucky
Jannock                     Fair, right, just, justice
Jew                         Did you? Yorkshire people, in common with Americans from the deep South, can extract the maximum meaning from very few
                            syllables. A whole conversation can therefore take place with very little spoken, two friends meeting around lunchtime for example
                            can agree to have lunch together as follows, first in common English - (a) I say, have you had lunch yet? (b) No, what about yourself?
                            (a) No I haven’t would you care to join me? (b) That would be a pleasure. And now in Yorkshire - (a) Yeatenyet? (B) Now. Jew? (c)
                            Nah. Yumpta? (D) Happen.
Jiggered                    Very Tired.
K
Kack Handed                 A left handed person. If, for example on your first day at work you are sent to the stores to collect a cack handed knockin' stick, you
                            are probably the victim of a prank, a practical joke. You have been sent for a left handed hammer.
Kecks                       Trousers or underpants
Keld, Kell                  A spring or well.
Kelt, Kelter, Kelterment    Junk, rubbish, litter
Ket                         Carrion, raw meat or flesh, offal, rubbish
Ketty                       Nasty, Rancid
Kexes                       Dried Stems Of Weeds
Kife                        To borrow, the act of borrowing without the knowledge of the other party, possible a borderline theft, as if the act goes undetected the
                            "kifed" item may be retained indefinetly
Kilp                        Pot hook or handle
Kist                        Chest (i.e. box)
Kittle                      To tickle
Kittlin                     A small cat, i.e a kitten.
Knackered                   Tired out, worn out, broken
Knackin’                    Affected
Knackling                   Mending, fixing, see also fettling
Kneyd                       Knead bread
Knocked up                  Impregnated, made pregnant., As in “e’s knocked up that lass from down t’road. Nah they’re living over t’brush” – “He has got the
                            young lady from along the street in the family way and now they have come to an informal arrangement to live together as man and
                            wife in accordance with common law.”
Knocker upper               From a bygone age, the knocker upper was the forerunner of the modern radio alarm clock, the person who would rattle your door at
                            a predetermined time to ensure you were awake for work.
Knockin' stick              A Hammer. Also refered to as Pikeys Stick, the hammer being the prefered tool of travellers for any job.
Knockin’ off ginger         Ringing someones doorbell, or knocking on the door then running away before they answer. A popular childhood game before
                            Nintendo was invented.
Kytel                       A working coat of coarse material.
L
Lady-Cows                   Ladybirds
Laik                        To play - pronounciation varies, but in East Yorkshire it would be pronounced lark.Also Leck. It is also used as a verb for a one off
                            day of work, not for the unemployed but for one granted a day in leiu, "He's laiking today."
Laiking                     Playing games, Not working. Also derivative Larking
Laithe/leeath               A barn or agricultural building
Lake                        To take an unauthorised day off work. To chuck a sicky.
Lam                         To strike, throw or pass hard. “Lam it o’er.”
Lap                         To drink, also to cover up or wrap
Lass                        Girl, young lady, girlfriend, wife.
Lat                         Late
Latin                       Searching For
Lavvy                       Toilet, derivative of Lavatory.
Lawp                        Leap
Leccy                       Electricity
Leck                        To sprinkle with water
Leets                       Lights. Hast tha' ni leets ont baike? Have you no lights for your cycle? A yorkshireman who boasts about a four litre car, need not
                            necessarily be running a Jaguar, it may simply be any car which has a full compliment of head and tail lamps.
Leet Beer                   Lager, that soft frothy puffy beer that southerners insist on drinking chilled. Not a proper dark brown warm beer with bits floating in it.

Leg                         To throw, or alternatively to run – “He’s legged it.” A quaint expression which originates from the days of canal boats when the horse
                            drawn barges would be propelled through tunnels by “walking” then through, with the bargemen literally walking on the roof of the
                            tunnel lying on their backs on the deck in order to push the barge through narrow tunnels through which the horses could not pass –
                            they would be walked around and rejoin on the other side of the tunnel, perhaps a considerable climb up hill and down dale.
                            Therefore “legging it” might be a considerable advantage.
Lief                        Rather
Lig/Ligg                    Lie down, to leave resting in place
Lillilow                    Light
Liltin                      Light-Hearted
Limmers                     Wagon Shafts
Ling                        Heather
Lish                        Smooth
Lisk                        The Groin.
Loans                       Lanes
look frinint ye             look in front of you (i.e. when walking)
Loose/lowse                 to exit or leave from somewhere; to finish for the day and go home (as from work or school).
Loosing                     Pub or school closing time - "Drink up I'm loosing!"
Lop                         Flea. Also to cut off, lopping tree branches.
Lowence/Lowance             (Allowence) A snack or hot beverage whilst working, particularly of farm workers.
Lug                        Pull or haul, The Ear, and also a knot or tangle in the hair.
Lugging                    (Hull dialect) A beating. The act of carrying something heavy or unweidly. Lugging a suitcase around
Lug ‘ole                   Ear
Luggin                     Carrying
Lummox                     Idiot
M
Maffin’ or Maftin’         Particularly hot or clammy weather. Also Mafted – I’m very hot or breathless
Maidens Watter             A very weak tea. "It's lahk maidens watta" literally - it tastes/looks like womens urine
Manky                      Not nice, unpleasant. Unsavory looking fruit, over-ripe
Mardy                      Miserable, awkward and stubborn, moody, stroppy
Marlocks                   Tricks
Mash                       Brew, also a reference to potatoes mashed up with butter into a creamy consistency and eaten with bangers.
Maunce                     Mixture
Maungy                     Spoilt, Peevish
Mawks                      Maggots
Mawmet                     As Proud As An Idol
Me duck                    A term of endearment (South Yorks) Al'reight me duck? Elsewhere - Okay Deary? Interestingly whilst calling a bloke deary is likely to
                           get you a black eye, the term "me duck" is applied equally to both the gents and ladies of South Yorkshire without any apparent slur
                           or inference.
Mell                       Sand dunes
Mell On                    Meddle With
Mell-Sheaf                 The Last Sheaf Of The Harvest
Mense                      decency, neatness, tidiness.
Mester                     Mister
Mickle                     much, greater, large
Middin’                    Muck heap, compost, dung heap, rubbish tip, or dustbin
Middlin                    Moderate, Fair
Minging                    Horrible, unpleasant
Minnin-on                  a snack which staves off hunger until the main meal of the day
Missen                     Myself as in “ah’ll do it missen”
Mithered, Mithering        irritated with something, as in “stop mitherin’ me” is “stop bothering/irritating me”.
Mofft’t                    I am off to or I’m going to. E.g. moff’t’ shops. “I am going to the shops.”
Moither                    Harrass
(to have a) Monk on        To be grumpy, to have a sulky face. From the sombre appearance of monks generally.
more brass na brains       more money than sense
Moss                       Bog or marsh
Mot, motty                 A marker used when ploughing, something to aim at, a meeting place.
Mowdiwarps                 Moles
Mullock                    Mess
Mun                        Must, will, shall.
N
N’arn                      Now then. Also nawthen. Hello.
Naff                       Rubbish. A mild expletive made famous by Princess Anne who complained about Naffing reporters.
Nang                       troublesome, painful, irritating
Nark                       Annoy
Natter                     Grumble
Nauped                     Hit on the head
Nawpins                    Perks
Nay                        No, negative
near as makes n'matter     close enough
Neb                        Peak of cap, one who is nosey
Nebbin’                    Being Nosy
Neif                       Fist, also regional variation spelling Nieve
neither use nor ornament   expression of disapproval; useless

Nesh                       Delicate, squeamish. Also cold. Often exclamation that an individual is ‘soft’ for feeling the cold or term of mild abuse e.g. “nesh
                           southerners!”
Ness                       A headland or promontory
Nieve                      Fist
Ninny                      Idiot
Nip-curn                   Mean with money, Cheap
Nithered                   Very cold, shivering
Nobbut                     Only, nothing but.
Norra                      Not a ….Eg, Norra clowd in't sky - It's a clear sky today.
Nosh                       Food, or the act of eating. E.g. “e were noshing ‘is snap.”
Not back’ard at comin’     A pushy person, not afraid to put himself to the forefront.
for’ard
not enough room to swing   very small room, cramped
a cat
Nouse                      Sense.
Nowt/Nout                  Nothing
O
Ocker                      Hesitate
Oh aye?                    An expression of doubt, “Oh, really?”
Oil                        Hole, also ole, but not to be confused with ole meaning old. Or indeed oil, meaning a black slippery liquid used in engines. In some
                           parts it can also be a reference to beer. "I'll just go an oil me gubbins" - I'm nipping out for a pint.
Ole                        Old, see also auld.
Oss                        Horse.
Otchan                     A playful or mischievous youngster; a scamp
Ow do.                     How are you?
Owt                        Anything. Honestly copper I dint kna owt abaht it.
Owt or Nowt                Anything or Nothing
P
Pack it in.                Desist. Please stop it. Can be abbreviated simply to"Packit."
Packet                     Wages.
Packup/Packin; up          A packed lunch, also referred to as snap, or allowance. A second meaning is for something to fail to operate - auld mans car's
                           packed up. - my husbands car has broken down.
Paggered                   Knackered e.g. “I’m completely paggered” or “I’ve just paggered my dad’s car”. Also yet another drunken description - he was well
                           paggerred last night.
Paggering                  A beating. “He took him round back bike sheds and give him a reight paggering”
Parkin                     A Yorkshire delicacy, ginger cake made with oats.
Parky                      Chilly. Also the Park-keeper
Path                       Pavement
Patty                      A Yorkshire delicacy made from fried mashed potato parsley, spices and a promise of fish, covered in batter. Note that it may
                           actually contain no fish at all, even if refered to as a fish patty. Not to be confused with a fishcake, which can be similar but has
                           breadcrumbs on, except in some places where a fish cake is a slice of fish between slices of potatoe cooked in batter.

Pawse                      Kick
Peff                       Gentle cough
Petty                      Toilet
Piggin                     Ladling can. Also of Lancastrian origin and imported by those bordering with Lancashire as a mild expletive, "The piggin car won't
                           start."
Pike                       Pick Up
Pikelet                    Crumpet. A sort of bread sweetmeat for toasting on the fire, not to be confused with Crumpet, a generic term for an appealing young
                           lady
Pikey                      A member of the Travelling community. See also Pog. A good old Yorkshire joke "What sort of key opens any lock? - A pikey)

Piking off                 to leave without paying. Probably related to turnpike. A pikey spent a lot of time on the road. A tramp etc
Pine                       Yearn, Go hungry
Plaggy                     Plastic. Plaggy bags – thin carrier bags as supplied by supermarkets. More recently a credit card – “Ah’ll pay on the plaggy.”

Playin’ pop                To tell off, become angry with. To asume the role of the father of a family and chastise a child or wrong doer verbally.
Plot Night                 Bonfire night.
Plother                     Mud
Pog                         A traveller, Gipsy.
Poggy                       Off licence
Poke                        sack, bag or pouch
Pop                         Fizzy drink
Posser                      Stirrer (washing clothes)
Pot                         Teapot. “hast got pot on?” – “are you brewing tea?”
Pot                         Also a plaster cast “Ah’d a pot on me arm after ah brok it.” “I had a plaster cast on my arm after I broke it.”
Pot washing, Pot washer     The act of washing up, and the job title of one who collects and cleans glasses in a public house.

Preggers                    Pregnant
Pricky backed otchan        A hedgehog. From Middle English urchone, hedgehog, from Old French erichon
Pudgy                       Fat or chubby – Pudgy Domino or Pudgy Checkers would have been big stars in Yorkshire
Purrer doon tha dunt knaw   Said to a gentleman engaged in snogging a lady of poor reputation - literally "Put her down, you cannot be sure where she has been"
were shes bin
Push Rod                    A pedal cycle. Also part of an engine.
Puther                      (verb) to make clouds of smoke or dust, eg "Yoon's putherin’ toneet!” The oven's smoking tonight!
Putten                      Simply the past tense of the verb to put.
Put wood int oyle           Close the door.
Pyots                       Magpies
R
Rack                        Judgement by eye of accuracy, alignment, length, etc. (rather than by the use of a ruler or other instrument). Basically, a guestimate.
Radged                      Angry
Ram, rammy                  Pungent, strong smelling
Ratted                      Intoxicated through excess alcohol intake. “Rat arsed.”
Ratter                      Yorkshire terrier, or similar terrier, bred for the sole purpose of rat catching.
Ratty                       Grumpy, annoyed, gross.
Rawk                        Demarkation, Dirty tide mark on neck
Reasty                      Rancid
Reckle                      to poke, to stir, especially of a fire in a hearth
Reckon                      A reluctant agreement. "Ah reckon you're reight." To pretend, to think or consider. Also to reckon, to total up the bill.
Reek, Rick                  A smoky smell generally but not necessarily an unpleasant one. Also to smoke.
Reet, Reight                Right, very. Eg she's reight forard - she's a very confident young lady. Can also be used as an expression of agreement, as in "Tha'll
                            be reight" - I agree with you, or to illicit further facts in a questioning manner, "Reight?" - as in "Tell me more, I don't
                            agree/undertstand." If a Yorkshireman is rolling up his sleeves with a determined look in his eyes and saying "Reight then" you are
                            probably about to engage in a fist fight, voluntarily or otherwise. You have done or said something to offend him. It is imperative att
                            his point that you do not respond with "Reight" or indeed "right" as this is simply acknowledging the acceptance of such an
                            engagement.
Reyk                        Reach
Riding                      Of norse origin, meaning a third. Hence the east, north and west ridings of Yorkshire. South Yorkshire whilst an administrative area
                            invented by the Government cannot actually exist as a Riding, ity being impossible to have a 4th 3rd of a whole.

Rig                         Ridge
Rigwelted                   Turned over on your back (rig=back in Scandinavian) or twisted-backed, this is often what happens to a small lamb which is then
                            unable to stand again. Masham breweries produce a beer called Rigwelter, which presumably renders you in such a state if drunk in
                            sufficient quantity.
Riled                       Annoyed
Rive                        To tear or split, to pull at aggressively.
Roke                        Mist
Rooarin’                    Weeping
Roont                       Ruined or broken. “tha’s roont me best sark” – “You have ruined by best shirt”
Rowpy                       Hoarse
Ruer (Roo-er)               To cry, literally to roar, that huge theatrical crying which children use to gain maximum attention rather than a tear or two shed with
                            dignity, which a true Yorkshireman may allow himself in silence whilst nobody else is looking at Funerals and on Remembrance
                            Sunday.
Rum’n                       Cheeky/bit of a character e.g. “He’s a rum’n”
Runty                       Thick set
S
Sackless                    ineffectual, simple-minded, lacking in energy or effort; also innocent of wrong intent
Sad                         Heavy
Sam                         Gather, collect together/ tidy away
Sannies                     Sandshoes, known as plimsolls elsewhere
Sark                        Shirt
Sarnies                     Sandwiches
Sawcum                      Sawdust
Scale                       Summer dwelling and pasture. Scale can also refer to a shift of workers - as in "He's on night scale."
Scar, scaur                 Cliff or rocky outcrop with a steep face
Scarborough Warning         To warn one of their misconduct. Bad behaviour that will result in a punishment, i.e. “You better watch it, you’re on a Scarborough
                            warning young lady”. Presumably a forecast that if their behaviour did not improve they would be excluded from a forthcoming trip to
                            the seaside.
Scarborough Warning         ‘Scarborough warning’ has assumed a second meaning in South Yorkshire. ‘Giving the Scarborough warning’ is when a colleague
                            begins to complain of symptoms of a (bogus) illness, the day before a particularly good weather forecast. The following day they are,
                            needless to say, off sick – or on ‘Scarborough leave’. You don’t hear it so much now, but it was common in the Sheffield and
                            Rotherham area during the 1970s.
Scarborough Warning         A third definition presents itself – an attack with ‘no warning’ – as in ‘I gave him a scarborough warning ‘- it follows the surprise attack
                            on Scarborough by the german ship Derflinger dec 16 th 1914 – 19 people killed

Scotch Yows                 Ewes
Scran                       Food. “Hast yeaten yet?” “Nay.” “Get yer scran than” – “have you eaten yet?” “No.” “Well go and get your dinner then.”
Scratting                   Scratching
Scraumy-Legged              Spindle-Legged
Scrowing                    Fiddling on at
Scuffler                    A large bread cake
Scun                        Leap And Dart Away
Scuttle                     A Basket for holding grain, or a metal scoop like bucket for holding coal.
Seat, Set or Sett           Summer pasture or dwelling place
Seaves                      Rushes
Sea-Wrack                   Drifts Of Sea-Weed
Seethee / Sithee            Do you see? (often used at the end of a sentence)
Seg                         Hard callous of skin on the hand. Also a small steel wedge held by tacks to a boot to prevent premature wear of the heel, also known
                            as a Blakey after the manufacturer.
sh’ in’t in                 She is not in. A likely response to the query “where’s yer Mam naw?” – Where’s your mother now?
Shackle                     Wrist
Shift                       Vest
Shippen                     Cow-House
shit with sugar on          over-elaborate, posh food
Shool                       Shovel
Shoon, shooin               Shoes
Side table                  Clear the table
Sike, syke, sitch           Small stream, gulley or gutter
Sile/Siling dawn            Raining heavily. It should be noted that no matter how hard the rain a Yorkshireman does not ever use an umbrella – such fripperies
                            are for Southern Pansies. Yorkshiremen are fully waterproof from birth
Sindytrack                  A disused railway from which the rails and sleepers have been removed and which is now used as a footpath - literally only the
                            cinders on ther track bed remain, therefore a cinder track.
Sitha                       Look ! Now
Skahme, skyme               To glance sideways furtively or scornfully
Skeelbeease                 A division or partition in a cowshed. In some districts this could also mean public transport for children attending an educational
                            establishment
Skeg                        Look. “Gissa skeg!” – “Allow me to look.”
skeller                     To be warped or twisted, especially of wood
Skell over                  Fall over, tip over
Skell up                    To upset, overturn, knock down
Skelp                       Beat, Blow
Skelped                    Good hiding
Skelter                    Crooked
Sken                       to look at with screwed up eyes, peer intently
Skep, Skip                 Coal bucket, Large wicker basket used for storing and moving materials in a textile mill
skift, shift               to get out of the way, to get a move on
Skint                      Broke, no money
skimmer                    to shine brightly, to sparkle
Skip                       Ship
Skitters                   Diarrhoea
Skive                      To take an unauthorised break from work, also to split or pare leather or hide
Skiver                     One who avoids work habitually
Skoil                      School
skoil’s loosin’            school is closing (they are letting the bairns out of school).
Skrike                     Scream, shriek, to cry out loudly
Slape, slippy              Slippery
Slapey tounged             Silver tounged, a charmer, said of a smooth talking salesman perhaps, literally slippery tounged, not dishonest as such, but willing to
                           say anything to get what he wants.
Slart                      Splash
Slash                      To urinate
Sleck                      Coal Dust
Sliver                     Branch Of A Leafing Tree
Slocken                    Satiate, to quench thirst, to drink greedily
Sloshed                    Drunk
Sluffed                    Fed up, Tired of
Smerks                     (Hull dialect) Smokes, Cigarettes.
Smittle                    Infect
Snap                       Light meal
Sneck                      Door latch
Snicket                    Alleyway, normally open at the end of a row of houses
Snickle                    Snare
Snod                       Smooth, sleek, short (of a fleece)
Sock                       A ploughshare.
Soom                       Hum
Soss                       Sip
Spanish                    licqourice – apparently because Spanish monks bought a licquorice tree to Rievaulx Abbey
Spelk, spell               Splinter, small sliver of wood used in thatching; splinter of wood in the skin.
Spetch                     Sticking plaster, Patch
Spice                      Sweets, Candy
Spiggy                     Chewing gum, also derivative spoggy
Spinks                     Chaffinches
Spittle                    small, flat piece of wood used for putting bread in and out of the oven
Spoggs                     Sweets
Spretch                    To crack, as in eggs when they hatch
Sprog                      Child.
Spuggy                     Sparrow
Squabs                     Settles
Staddle, staddling         A frame of posts and beams, foundations for a haystack
Staggarths                 Stock Yards
Stalled                    Out of patience
Stang                      A pole. As in a length of wood that is, not a native of Poland. Also a shaft, stake or wooden bar.
Stark                      Stiff
Starved/Starves            Really cold (not ‘hungry’ as you might expect) or makes cold eg: “Milk starves my tea”
Stecked                    Latched
Stee, Stey                 Ladder or stile over a wall or fence
Sten                       Stone
Steyl                      Handle or shaft
Stithy, Stiddi             A blacksmiths anvil
Stoddy                     unsteady
Stoop, stowp, stoup        Post, gate post, milestone distance markr or standing stone
Stor                       Great
Storten (also Storken)     Stiffen, to set, to coagulate especially when cooling
Straif                     Flotsam And Jetsam
Strand                     Shore
Strang                     Strong
Summat                     Something
Summer-Gauze               Gossamer
Sumpy                      Swampy
Sup                        To drink
Swaimish                   Timid
Swale                      Throw
Swallow                    A holidaymaker – only comes for the summer
Sweeal                     Burn out
T
Ta                         Thanks, thank you
Tab                        The remnants of a cigarette, the Tab end.
Tab Hunter                 Not a Country and Western singer as you might imagine, but one who is down on his luck, and therefore scanning the street as he
                           walks for other folks discarded cigarette ends from which he might glean a short drag before burning his lips and/or fingers. The
                           expression may also refer to one with a stooping gait or back complaint - "He walks like Tab Hunter."
Tack                       Piece work
Tagareen                   junk, rope, marine stones, bits and pieces etc. A shop which sells such items, i.e. a ships chandlers. A coastal term, thought to be of
                           Irish or even Midle Eastern origin, but seemingly limited to Yorkshire and Northumberland. It has a second meaning, being a
                           worthless or useless person.
Taistril                   Reprobate, Unwieldy, Grumbling Rascal
Tan                        To beat. “ah’ll tan yer backside.” – “I’ll spank you bottom.”
Tang                       the projecting part of a knife to whch the handle is fixed
Tarn                       An upland lake or pond
Tarra                      Goodbye
Taw / Tors                 Marble. See also Glammog
Tea                        A refreshing drink, or the evening meal.
Teacake                    Breadcake, Bap. If it has currants in it must be a currant teacake, without it’s just a teacake
Teem                       Pour out, to empty (especially to pour away a liquid but also unloading a cart, etc)
Tek                        Take.
Tek                        Take, to take.
Temmed                     Poured
Tenfoot                    Alleyway behind or between houses, unroofed – see also Ginnel
Teng                       Sting
Tew                        Work hard, Slave
Tewits                     Peewits
Tha / Thee                 You.
tha meks a better door     Said of one standing in front of a Cinema or TV screen. Inferring that that person is not transparent and is therefore interfering with
than a winder              the viewers enjoyment somewhat.
Tha Nos                    Do you know
tha's a threp in't steans" “that's a kick in the balls"
that ladgin buewer chored that unattractive girl I don't like very much has stolen my packed lunch
me pack up
Theak                      To thatch
Think on                   Remember
Thissen                    Yourself
Thoil                      Not worth the price, Endure, to be willing to give; to afford; to endure, tolerate, put up with. Often confused with meaning ‘to afford’
                           thoil is a brilliant word for which there seems to be no direct equivalent in standard English. It means ‘to justify the expense’ For
                           example ‘Ah fancy that frock, but I can’t thoil it’ = ‘I would like that dress, but I can’t justify spending that much on it.

Thorpe                     Hamlet, village or small setlement
Thrang, Threng, throng         Very busy, hard pressed, crowded out with work. There was a saying “as threng as Throp’s wife when shoo henged hersen wit
                               t’dishclaht.”
Threap                         Argue, Swear one down
Threp                          A blow or kick
Thrums                         ends cut from the warp thread while on the loom, during the weaving of woollen cloth (were at one time commonly used for home rug making)
Thwaite                        a clearing, a village or small settlement
Tig                            Touch
Tin Tin Tin                    It is not in the tin. Variation - taintintin
Toft                           small farmstead with enclosed land; later applied to a village or small settlement
Toit                           Busy
Toom                           Empty
Tow                            Work hard
Trammel                        Rubbish, Garbage
Trod                           A regular footpath or right of way, specifically applied to disused railway lines in the East Riding
T'road                         (Hull dialect) East Hull folk going ont'road will mean Holderness Road, whilst the same expression across the river is a reference to
                               Hessle Road, both being the main shopping districts of the two sides of the city up until the recent out of town shopping centres and
                               the resurgence of the city centre. The expression is now dying out, and will no doubt be replaced by Up Town, Down town or out of
                               town?
Twag                           To play truant from school.
Twang                          Speech
Tyke                           A Yorkshireman or woman




U
Ullets                         Owls
Ug                             From the verb to hug, but not used in reference to an embrace, but meaning to lift or carry in that manner.
Urchn                          A hedgehog. From Middle English urchone, hedgehog, from Old French erichon
Un                             One
Unkerd                         Strange, Eerie
Up skelled                     Upset, knocked over, spilled
upskittle                      To upturn, turn over, restre to upright position
Up the duff                    Pregnant
upskeltered                    Out of sorts, upset
Upt'stick                      Pregnant. She's upt' stick. Upt'sticks however is not a double pregnancy, or twins, but a reference to a "moonlight flit." that is to leave
                               quickly and unexpectedly, usually to avoid debt, the law or both. They've upt's sticks and gone to Coventry.
Utch                           Snuggle
Utch up!                       Move across a bit, make room. Used to gain a seat on a bench or settle which is probably already filled to capacity.
V
Varmint                        Vermin
Vexed                          Angry
W
Wag                            Play Truant
Wahr                           Worse
Waint                          Will not, won’t
Wankle                         Unsteady
Wapentake                      historic sub-division of a shire county, with a periodic assembly at which freeman could vote by a show of weapons
War                            Worse
Wark                           Ache
Warked                         Arched
Wast                           Where you… or literally was you or was thou.
Watter                         Water
Weantly                        Strangely
well, I'll go to't foot of't   expression of amazement
stairs/ I'll go to our house

Wemmly                         Wobbly
were ya born in a barn?        you've left the door open: close it! You might also here "wast born in't barn?"
Wesh                           Wash. Go wesh t'ands an' fissog afore snap. = Go and wash your hands and face before lunch.
Wesley Bobs                    Decorative baubles placed upon the Christmas Tree.
Whemmle                        Stumble
Whemmled Ower                  Upset, Turned Over
where's it at?                 where is it?
While                          Until e.g. “I’m working while seven”
Whinny                         Gorse, furze, thorny vegetation
Whisht                         Silent
Wick                           Alive or lively, also a small insect. As wick as a lop - as lively as a fea.
Winnlestraws                   Whisps Of Grass Or Straw
Wittering on                   Complaining constantly, chelping.
Wol                            Until
Wrangham                       Rubbish, useless articles
Wye                            Heifers, young cows up to about hree years old
XY
Ya                             One
Yacker, Acker                  An acre
Yak-Stoup                      Oak-Post
Yal                            Ale
Yam                            Home. “Ah’m gan yam.” – “I am going home.”
Yan                            One
Yark                           Jerk
Yat                            Hot
Yat/Yatt(s)                    Gate or gates
Yatstead                       The Threshold, i.e the space covered by the swing of an opening gate. A Threshold was literally a piece of timber which held in place
                               the straw, i.e. the thresh, strewn on the floor in leiu of carpetting.
Yawd                           A horse of inferior breeding
ye greete lanky lumox          You great tall skinny idiot
Yeatenyet?                     Have you eaten yet?
Yest                           Yeast
Yitten                         Scared
Yonder                         Over there.
Yoon                           Oven
Yumpta                         Do you want to
Yune                           Oven

				
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