A Geordie Dictionary


Aad: Old - from the Anglo-Saxon Eald - Aad Wife
Aakward: Awkward
Aall: All
Agyen: Again
Ahint: Behind
Alang: Along
Ald: Variation of Aad
Ald Nick: The Devil
Alreet: Alright
Amang: Among - of Anglo-Saxon origin
Aw: I - me as in Aw went te Blaydon races
Axe: Ask from the Anglo-Saxon Acsian to ask.
Aye: Yes


Baccy: Tobacco
Bairn: A child - Anglo-Saxon and Viking
Bait: Food taken to work
Bank: A hill
Barney: Barnard Castle
Beck: Used only in south Durham, Yorkshire and Cumbria. A Viking word for a stream.
Beor: Beer
Beuk: A book
Bezzums : Brooms
Bishop: Bishop Auckland
Blaa: Blow
Blaa Oot: Heavy drinking session
Black and White: A Newcastle United football club supporter (See also Toon Army)
Blaydon Races: National Anthem of Tyneside
Boggle: A ghost or spectre.
Bonny: Beautiful - from the French Bon
Bord: Bird
Boro/The Boro: Middesbrough Fooball Club or Middlesbrough itself. Note Middlesbrough is not actually spelled Middlesborough.
Borst: Burst
Bourn: A stream (Burn) actually an Anglo-Saxon word, but now most commonly associated with Scotland. Used in Northumberland and the northern part of County Durham
Bray: Hit or thump.
Breeks: Brreches (Trousers).
Broon: Brown or Newcastle Brown Ale
Bullet: A sweet - a word of French origin.
Burn: See Bourn.
Burr: The name given to the strange Northumbrian pronounciation of the R sound
But: A kind of spoken full stop or 'period. Sentences are often ended with the word 'but'. For example, when describing someone a Geordie may say "she's a canny lass but" This means that she is a nice girl. It doesn't imply that there is some unspoken flaw in her chraracter.
Byeuts: Boots


Caa': Call
Cam: Came
Canny: A Versatile word. Canny old soul - a nice old person. Canny good Canny hard - very good or very tough. Canny job - a good job. Poosibly a variation on the Scots word Ken meaning to know.
Card: Cold
Chare: A narrow alley in Newcastle
Chorch: Church
Claes: Clothes - Anglo-Saxon
Clag: Stick
Clarts: Dirt or mud
Clarty: Dirty
Clivvor: Clever
Cloot: A cloth eg a dish cloot, or to clout.
Coo: A cow
Craa: Crow
Crack: To talk from Durtch Kraaken
Cracket: A wooden stool
Croggy: To give a passenger a ride on the crossbar or back of a bicylce
Croon: Crown
Cuddy: A small horse or St. Cuthbert
Cushat: A pigeon


Da: Dad - father
Darlo: Darlington
Dede: Dead
Dee: Do
Deed: Dead
Deil: The devil
Divvent: Do not - ie Divvent dee that
Dodd: A fox - see surname section
Dog: A 'Bottle of Dog' is Newcastle Brown Ale
Doggie: A nickname for the village of West Cornforth in County Durham
Dorham: Durham - In Dorham' often means in prison - Durham Jail.
Doon: Down
Droon: Drown
Dunsh: Thump or bump
Dyke: A ditch (Anglo-Saxon)


Eee: Eye


Faa: To fall, also the name of a Gypsy clan (Faw)
Fash: Trouble/d - see the Lambton Worm in Legends section
Fettle: Good condition
Force: Waterfall in Teesdale
Fower: Four


Gaumless: Stupid or useless
Gadgie: An old man
Gallusses: Braces
Gan: Go from the Anglo Saxon word for go.
Gannin: Going - Gannin alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.
Ganzie: A jumper/sweater
Gate: Usually means way or street such as Gallowgate. Gan yer ain gate means go your own way.
Geordie: A native of Tyneside see the Geordie section of this website.
Gill: A ravine
Give: Given
Giveower: Give over - ie Please stop doing that
Gowk: A fool or also a core as in apple core.
Granda: Grandfather


Haad: Hold see the Lambton Worm in Legends section
Hadaway: Get away - you're having me on - it is thought to be a naval term
Haipeth: Half Penny
Hanky: Handkerchief
Haugh: Pronounced Hoff or Harf - a meadow land eg Derwenthaugh
Heugh: A promontory such as that at Hartlepool or Tynemouth.
Hinny: Honey - a term of endearment.
Hoos: House
Hope: A side valley in the dales of Northumberland and Durham for example Hedleyhope.
Hoppings: A fair. From the Anglo-Saxon word Hoppen meaning fair. The Toon Moor Hoppings are held in Newcastle.
Howay: Come on - Howay or H'way the Lads is chanted at football matches.
Hoy: Throw
Hunkers: Sitting on haunches
Hyem: Home, a word of Scandinavian origin


I Says: I Said
Ivvor: Ever


Jarra: Jarrow
Joon: June.


Keek: To peep
Keel: A boat.
Ket: Rubbish or a sweet that is bad for you.
Kidda: A term of endearment.
Knaa: Know


Laa: Low or hill
Lads: Blokes H'way the Lads hear at Newcastle and Sunderland football grounds.
Laik: To play
Lang: Long - Anglo Saxon word.
Larn: Learn another Anglo-Saxon word
Lass: A woman or young girl, from a Scandinavian word Laskr
Law: A hill
Leazes: Pasture land belonging to a town
Ling: Heather
Linn: Waterfall in Weardale or Northumberland
Lonnen: A lane or track.
Lop: A flea
Lough: Lakes in Northumberland are called Loughs pronounced Loff


Ma: Mother
Mac': Make
Mac' N' Tac: A native of County Durham or Sunderland see Mackem.
Mackem: A native of Sunderland. Probably referring to shipbuilders - 'We mackem, ye tackem' For a full explanation see this page on Sunderland mackems.
Mags: Magpies - a Sunderland football club supporters' term for a Newcastle United fan.
Magpies: Nickname for Newcastle United Football Club, who play in balck and white.
Mair: More
Man: Frequently used at the end of a sentence Divvent dee that man, howay man - even when talking to a woman.
Marra: A friend or workmate particularly in the collieries
Mazer: An eccentric
Mebbees: May be or Perhaps
Midden: Dung heap
Missus: The Missus - the wife


Nah: No
Neenth: Ninth.
Nee: No - as in Nee good luck but not as a word on its own.
Neet: Night.
Neuk: Nook
Nigh: Near
No Place: A village in County Durham (See Places)
Nyem: Name


Oot: Out - Anglo-Saxon word Compare to the Dutch Utgang (out go- exit)
Ower: Over


Pet: A term of endearment.
Peth: A road up a hill
Pitmatic: The dialect of coal miners in the North East.
Pity Me: A village in County Durham (See Places)
Ploat: To pluck feathers
Poliss: Policeman


Raa: Row
Red and White: A Sunderland football club supporter
Reet: Right


Sackless: Stupid or hopeless
Sand Shoes: Gym Shoes
Sang: A song
Sark: A shirt
Segger: A nickname for the town of Sacriston.
Sel': Self
Shoot: Shout
Singing Hinnie: A kind of cake
Slake: Mud flat
Snaa: Snow
Sneck: The latch on a door
Sooth: South
Sparra: A sparrow, see also spuggy
Spelk: A splinter
Spuggy: A sparrow
Staithes: A pier for loading coal onto ships
Stane: Stone
Stob: A stump or post
Stottie: A kind of flat cake-like bread
Strang: Strong


Tab: A cigarette
Tak': Take
Tatie: Potato
Te': To
Telt: Told
Teem: Pour
Thowt: Thought.
Toon: Town
Toon Army: Newcastle United football fans
Tret: Treated
Tyeuk: Took
Tyke: A Yorkshireman


Up: See hope.
Us: Me


Vennel: A narrow ally in Durham


Wag: Playing the wag is playing truant
Wark: Work
Wes: Was
Wey: As in Wey-Aye See Why-Aye
Whe ?: Who ?
Whisht !: Be quiet See the Lambton Worm
Why-Aye: Why of course - Why-Aye man.
Wi' : With
Wife: A woman, whether married or not. Wife was used in this sense by the Anglo-Saxons
Wiv: With
Wor: Wor Lass means our missus, when a chap is referring to his wife. Wor is the Anglo-Saxon word oor meaning Our the w has crept into speech naturally.
Worm: A dragon - such as the Lambton Worm or Sockburn Worm. It is a Scandinavian word.
Wot Cheor: Hello - a greeting
Wrang: Incorrect (Wrong)
Wynd: A narrow street in Darlington or Yarm


Ye: You or your.
Yem: Home
Yen: One
Yersel': Yourself


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