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Geordie dictionary


Auld: Old - From the Anglo-Saxon Eald (e.g. ''Old Wife'')
Alreet: Alright
Aye: Yes
A Says: I said


Baccy: Tobacco
Bairn: A child - Anglo- Saxon
Bait: Packed lunch to take to work
Bonny: Beautiful - From the French 'Bon'
Bonny Lad/Lass: Term of Endearment
Borst: Burst
Broon: Brown or Newcastle Brown Ale


Caad: Cold
Canny: good/nice/lovely or very - Canny lad - a nice guy/Canny good - very good
Canny job: A good job. Possibly a variation on the Scots word Ken meaning to know
Clarts: Dirt or Mud


Da: Dad - father
Deed: Dead
Dee: Do
Divvent: Do not - i.e. Divent Dee that
Droon: Drown


Fower: Four


Gan: Go from the Anglo Saxon word for go
Gannin: Going - Gannin along the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races
Geordie: A native of Tyneside
Giveower: Give over - i.e. Please stop doing that
Granda: Grandfather


Hadaway: Get away - you're having me on- it is thought to be navel term
Hanky: Handkerchief
Haway: Come on - Haway or H'way the lads is chanted at football matches
Hinny: Honey - a term of endearment
Hoos: House
Hoy: Throw
Hyem: Home, a word of Scandinavian origin


Jarra: Jarrow - Town in South Tyneside


Ket: Sweet or something that is nice to eat
Knaa: Know


Lads: Blokes - H'way the lads - can be heard at Newcastle and Sunderland football grounds
Lang: Long - Anglo Saxon word
Lass: A woman or young girl, from Scandinavian word Laskr


Ma: Mother
Mackem: A native of Sunderland. Probably referring to shipbuilders - 'We mackem', ye tackem'
Mag/Magpie: Newcastle United fan
Magpies: Nickname for Newcastle United Football Club, who play in the black and white
Man: Frequently used at the end of a sentence ''Divvent dee that man'' ''Howay man'' even when talking to a woman
Marra: Old friend or workmate, particularly in the collieries
Mebbes: Maybe


Nah: No
Nee: No - as in ''Nee good luck'' but not as a word on its own
Neet: Night
Nettie: Toilet
Nowt: Nothing


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


Pet: A term of endearment
Polliss: Policeman


Sel': Self, Me Sel' - Myself
Singin' Hinny: Type of Scone
Spuggy: Sparrow
Stottie: A kind of flat cake - like bread
Strang: Strong


Tab: Cigarette
Tattie: Potato
Telt: Told
Thowt: Thought
Toon: Town
Toon Army: Newcastle United football fans


Us: Me


Wes: Was
Wey: As in Wey - Aye (see why-aye)
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
Wor: Our - Wor lass means our misses, when a chap is referring to his wife. Wor is the Anglo Saxon word oor meaning Our, the 'W' has crept into speech naturally.
Wrang: Incorrect (Wrong)


Ye: You or your
Yem: Home
Yersel': Yourself