Slang

Meaning

Example

‘tention

attention

Let's huv yer 'tention, boys

aboot

about

Ye knaw bugger aw aboot it

ae 

of

I'll hae a pint ae swallow

aff

off

Piss aff, ye bampot

ah'd

I would

Ah'd gie it a miss, if ah were you

ah'll

I will

Ah'll dae it if I huv tae

ah'm

I am

Ah'm goin' out fir a pint

ah've

I have

Ah've been fir a few pints, doll

alang

along

Ah've known all alang aboot it

an

and

Ah'm pished, an ah'm gonnae throw up

arenae

aren't

The huns arenae playin' at hame the day

baggin

sniffing glue

We wis oot o' our heids wi baggin 

Bairn'd

made pregnant

She wis bairn'd when she wis only fifteen

Bampots

nutcases

You'se are nuffin but a shower o' bampots 

baw 

ball, or testicle

Ah kicked him in the baws

buckshee

free of charge

He threw in the bag buckshee

cannae

cannot

Ah cannae believe it!

chappin

knocking

Somebody wis chappin the door

chibbed

beaten up

He got chibbed walkin hame frae the pub

clevir

clever

Think yer a clevir bastard?

cos

because

Ah'm goin' cos a want tae

couldnae

couldn't

Ye couldnae o' had worse luck

cunted

exhausted

Ah wis cunted efter work

dae

do

That willnae dae, get it done right

deid 

dead

Wance yer deid, yer deid

didnae

didn't

She didnae hae a chance

doon

down

Ah'm goin' doon tae the shops

d'ye

do you

D'ye think ah'm stupid?

efter

after

Ah'll meet ye efter the match

fae, frae

from

Ah'm Jimmy fae Pollok

faither

father

Me an ma faither want a word wi you

fenian, pape

catholic (derogative)

It's just like a pape tae say that

fir

for

Fir wance yer right

foosty

mildewed, damp

The hoose smelt foosty

footered

dithering

He footered so long, he missed the bus.

fur

for

Ah'm gaggin fur a pint.

gid

good

Gid riddance tae ye

gie

give

Who did ye gie the cash tae?

gi'en

given

He's gone an gi'en her a dose o' the clap.

gie's 

give us or give me

Gie's a fuckin' chance

gonna, gonnae

going to

Gonnae no dae that. Just gonnae no.

gottae

got to

Ye've gottae be jokin', man

granweans

grandchildren

She's wan o' Betty's granweans 

hae

have

A widnae hae done that, if ah wis you.

hame

home

Ah'm off hame.  You comin' or no?

hasnae

hasn't

He hasnae had his hole in years

hawf

half

That's only hawf the cash ye owe me

heid

head

Yer sick in the fuckin' heid

himsel'

himself

He's no been himsel' since Irene left

hooring

prostitution

She's done a bit of hooring in her time

hoose

house

Ah hid ma junk in ma hoose

Houf

rough bar

We were drinkin' in a right houf last night

hun

protestant (derogatory)

He's a hun. Ye just cannae see his sash.

huv

have

Huv ye ever been tae the jail?

huvnae

haven't

Course ah huvnae. Ah'm mair clevir than that

huvvin

having

Ah've been huvvin ma end away wi' Davy's bird

intae

into

Ah'm no intae drugs man, ah stick tae the drink.

isnae

isn't

It isnae right. That bastard shoulnae hae fired me

jaked

drunk

Ah wis totally jaked. Cannae remember a thing!

jakey

waster, on benefits

He was a right jakey. Shell suit and aw.

kent

knew

He should hae kent better than tae trust Tam.

kinda

kind of

Ah kinda knew she wis cheatin' on me

knaw

know

Whit dae you knaw, onyway?

Slang

Meaning

Example

mair

more

Ah'm mair clevir than you ur

masel'

myself

If you're no comin', ah'm goin' masel'

mo’

moment

Gie's a mo, ah need tae find ma coat.

moggered

drunk

We wis total moggered, man.

'nads

testicles (gonads)

Yer goin' the right wey tae get a kick in the 'nads

nae

no 

It's nae use moanin' aboot it, it's yer ain fault.

napper

head

He got a kick tae the napper last night

naw

no 

Naw, I cannae dae it this week.

ned

thug, waster

He's a right wee ned.

noisin'

annoying verbally

Wee Jimmy got it for noisin' up big Rab

noo

now

Can ye go noo, or wid later be better?

nu'hin

nothing

Ah'm leavin nuhin tae chance.

nutted

head butted

Did ye hear Rab nutted a rozzer?

onyhow

anyhow

Onyhow, it's no your problem.

onyone

anyone

Is onyone listenin'?

oot

out

Are ye oot the night?

ower

over

Ah cannae get ower the fact that yer leavin'.

paedos

paedophiles

There's a bunch o paedos in C wing

pallin

being matey with

That lassie's pallin' aboot wi' the wrang crowd

perr

pair

Yer a right perr o' arseholes, so ye's ur.

photae

photo

A got ma photae taken in wan o' they booths

pish

urine; rubbish

Yer talkin' pish, man.

pished

drunk

Ah wis that pished a slept in ma claes.

pishin'

urinating; raining

Ah'd nae jacket, an it wis pishin doon.

probs

problems

Nae probs man, it's sorted.

puggys

fruit machine arcade

He's always hangin' roon the puggys.

puir

poor

Puir bastard, he's no the fu' shillin'.

roon

round

Ah'm goin' roon tae the shop.  Want anythin'?

rozzer

policeman

Them rozzers are watchin' us.

schemie

see jakey

Right schemie tart. Widnae be seen dead w'ir.

scripto

furious, mad, daft

Ah told him, an' he went scripto.

scuse

excuse

Scuse me, d'ye mind, that wis ma spot yer in.

shiting mysel'

afraid

Ah'm shitin' masel' 'cos big Rab's after us.

Shtum

quiet

Ah hope billy keeps shtum, or we're screwed.

skinful

a lot to drink

Brian had a right skinful last night.

slagged

ridiculed

Ye just slagged off ma best mate.

sorta

sort of

Ah sorta hoped ye'd say that.

sumfin, sumhin

something

Ye can do sumfin fur me.

swallow 

drink

Ah'd too much o' the swallow last night.

swannin

sloping

She wis swannin' aboot as if she owned the place.

tae

to

Ah'm goin tae tell ye wance, don't screw it up.

thae

those

It's thae shoes am wearin', no the other wans

themsel's

themselves

They'll please themsel's no matter whit ah say.

verbals

chat (malicious)

He wis gien me the verbals, so ah nutted him.

wance

once

Wance isnae enough.

wasnae

wasn't

It wasnae me.

wee

small

He's always been a wee fucker.

wernae

weren't

We wernae meant tae be aff work.

whit

what

Whit the fuck are ye daein?

wi

with

Ah could dae wi' a hand, here

wid

would

Wid ye just shut it for a bit?

willnae

will not

She willnae listen to me.

windae

window

Huv ye looked oot the windae yet?

wis

was

Ah wis just goin' tae.

wisnae, wisn't

wasn't

It wisnae fair, the way he treated her

wouldnae, widnae

wouldn't

Ah wouldnae ride her if ye paid me.

wunner 

wonder 

Nae wunner, she's ugly as fuck.

wunner (in a)

in one go

Drink that in a wunner or yer a fuckin pussy.

ya, ye

you

Who dae ya think ye' are?

yehs

you (plural)

Are yehs aw goin tae the gem?

yer, ye're

your, you're

Ye're aff yer heid!

Yersel \ yerself

yourself

Please wi' yersel', are ye?

ye've

you have

Ye've nae chance we yon bird, she's oot yer league

you'se

you (plural)

You'se huvnae a hope, ye'll get chibbed.

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