‘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
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.
Agait Start, To go, Move, Work. From Norse "agate" be on your way - get agate. Source Old Norse "gata"
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.
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
Ailment Illness, a disease or sickness
Airiated Annoyed, puffed up.
Airt a point of the compass; a direction; a quarter; a locality; a region
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.
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
'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?
At after afterwards, after - see also efter.
Atop On top
Attercop A Spider
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?"
Awther each or either
Awfish Eldrich/Hideous or Elfish
Ax To ask
Axle tooth A molar tooth.
Aye Yes, Affirmative. Always, ever
Ayont Beyond, on the other side
Ayup Traditional Yorkshire Greeting – Hello. See regional variation Eyup.
Bacca The back of, behind. Possibly also a reference to tobaco
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
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
Bain direct; near; ready; willing,
Bainer way nearer route
Bairn (pronounced Bane) Child
Bait/Bait Box (North Yorkshire) Snack/Packed lunch
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.
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
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 Cake A bread bun
Barm Pot A silly or Idiotic person
Barmy empty headed, crazy
Barrow A Grove, and also a burial mound
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;
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
Beet To Repair
Belang Belong, to be a native or inhabitant of a place ; to be born in; to come from;
Belder To bellow, to roar.
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
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
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
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)
Bobby oil A police Station
Bog Possibly a reference to marshland, but more likely the toilet.
Boggart/Boggard/ Ghost, Spectre, Goblin, an evil spirit
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.
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)
Brandrith An iron grid pan
Brant Steep e.g. “’tis a brant hill”
Brat An apron, a rag and also a reference to anothers badly brought up offspring.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Buzzard A nocturnal moth
Buzzer The factory hooter or steam whistle signalling the end of a shift.
Byre A cowshed
Cack-handed Left handed, or simply clumsy
Cadger Borrower, also, one who collects corn and takes to mill for grinding
Cahr To settle down, become quiet.
Cam Bank, slope or ridge.
Cap Surpass, Beat
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
Chat A fir cone
Chelp Talk loudly
Chessing Chasing. E.g. “e’s out chessing skirt.” – “he is out seeking female company.”
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
Chuffed Pleased with oneself
Chuffed Pleased, excited
Clag Dirty. Sticky mud. See also blather.
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
Cleg A horse fly.
Clem To starve
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
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.
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
Coil ole Cellar door, or access to coal storage area.
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.
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
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
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.
Daggle Grow Moist
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.”
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
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)
Dowly Dull, gloomy, misty
Downtroad Down the road.
Durn Door post
Dust Do you?
Duyawannacupper? Would you like a cup of tea?
Ettle To intend, to aim towards
Ey Island or dry area within a marshy place.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Frame Show promise, to “frame up”
Fret Mist. Also Worry
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
Fullock Rapid motion. Impetus, Force
Gaffer Boss, Foreman
Gain near, quick.
Gander To look at.
Gansey Cardigan, sweater or pullover
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.
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)
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
Godspenny’s Earnest Money
Goff, Guff Terrible smell, the act of breaking wind
Gome To return to one’s dwelling
Goosegog Gooseberry, either the fruit or a third person who prevents the advances of an amorous couple by their mere presence. A chaperone.
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
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
Hast? Have you?
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.
Hold on Wait, Slow down
Hot Cake A bread bun, with a floured underside, and having a soft doughy texture.
Hugger Up Crowd Together
Hutch up Move over
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Latin Searching For
Lavvy Toilet, derivative of Lavatory.
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.
Lig/Ligg Lie down, to leave resting in place
Limmers Wagon Shafts
Lisk The Groin.
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
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
Mash Brew, also a reference to potatoes mashed up with butter into a creamy consistency and eaten with bangers.
Maungy Spoilt, Peevish
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
Mell Sand dunes
Mell On Meddle With
Mell-Sheaf The Last Sheaf Of The Harvest
Mense decency, neatness, tidiness.
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.”
(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.
Mun Must, will, shall.
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
Nauped Hit on the head
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
Ness A headland or promontory
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.
not enough room to swing very small room, cramped
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.
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
Pack it in. Desist. Please stop it. Can be abbreviated simply to"Packit."
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
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.
Peff Gentle cough
Piggin Ladling can. Also of Lancastrian origin and imported by those bordering with Lancashire as a mild expletive, "The piggin car won't
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
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.
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.
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.
Rack Judgement by eye of accuracy, alignment, length, etc. (rather than by the use of a ruler or other instrument). Basically, a guestimate.
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
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
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.
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
Rive To tear or split, to pull at aggressively.
Roont Ruined or broken. “tha’s roont me best sark” – “You have ruined by best shirt”
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
Rum’n Cheeky/bit of a character e.g. “He’s a rum’n”
Runty Thick set
Sackless ineffectual, simple-minded, lacking in energy or effort; also innocent of wrong intent
Sam Gather, collect together/ tidy away
Sannies Sandshoes, known as plimsolls elsewhere
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
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.”
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
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?
shit with sugar on over-elaborate, posh food
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
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
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
Skive To take an unauthorised break from work, also to split or pare leather or hide
Skiver One who avoids work habitually
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.
Slash To urinate
Sleck Coal Dust
Sliver Branch Of A Leafing Tree
Slocken Satiate, to quench thirst, to drink greedily
Sluffed Fed up, Tired of
Smerks (Hull dialect) Smokes, Cigarettes.
Snap Light meal
Sneck Door latch
Snicket Alleyway, normally open at the end of a row of houses
Snod Smooth, sleek, short (of a fleece)
Sock A ploughshare.
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
Spittle small, flat piece of wood used for putting bread in and out of the oven
Spretch To crack, as in eggs when they hatch
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.
Starved/Starves Really cold (not ‘hungry’ as you might expect) or makes cold eg: “Milk starves my tea”
Stee, Stey Ladder or stile over a wall or fence
Steyl Handle or shaft
Stithy, Stiddi A blacksmiths anvil
Stoop, stowp, stoup Post, gate post, milestone distance markr or standing stone
Storten (also Storken) Stiffen, to set, to coagulate especially when cooling
Straif Flotsam And Jetsam
Sup To drink
Swallow A holidaymaker – only comes for the summer
Sweeal Burn out
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
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, to take.
Tenfoot Alleyway behind or between houses, unroofed – see also Ginnel
Tew Work hard, Slave
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
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
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
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
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
Twag To play truant from school.
Tyke A Yorkshireman or woman
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
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 up! Move across a bit, make room. Used to gain a seat on a bench or settle which is probably already filled to capacity.
Wag Play Truant
Waint Will not, won’t
Wapentake historic sub-division of a shire county, with a periodic assembly at which freeman could vote by a show of weapons
Wast Where you… or literally was you or was thou.
well, I'll go to't foot of't expression of amazement
stairs/ I'll go to our house
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.
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
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.
Wrangham Rubbish, useless articles
Wye Heifers, young cows up to about hree years old
Yacker, Acker An acre
Yam Home. “Ah’m gan yam.” – “I am going home.”
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?
Yonder Over there.
Yumpta Do you want to