Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Glaikit

Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Glaikit

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glaikit
(glai·kit) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj.
1. (intr.) stupid; senseless, silly. (often in “He stood there wi’ a glaikit look oan his fizzog“)
2. (tr.) giddy, thoughtless.
3. affected.
4. petty.

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11 thoughts on “Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Glaikit

    1. are you scottish brad?im from the highlands,speak scots and doric and have never heard any one say frikkin,honestly.you hear it in england often and i think the irish use the word.
      it may well be scots but it is never ever said nowadays, heed tha ba,thats a belter though, :)

      1. “Frikkin” and “Fek” was popularised via the idiot lantern aka the TV.
        I did not hear that word until it appeared in common usage in the 1990’s. The TV show Father Ted is the most likely suspect.

    1. J.R.:
      I’ve definitely heard from others of your particular persuasion/opinion. No offense is intended, but if we Americans were to attempt to use Scots dialect in our daily lives, it might best be described as “slang”, at least in our use.

      1. No, Doug. Maybe you sometimes say things in America
        like ”au fait” or
        ”plus ca change” for examples of commonly used French words? Would you refer to them as slang? I wouldn’t.

      2. Is there anybody more ignorant with the language than America ?
        American English is a form of slang.
        Scotland has several dialects and an entire language that is older than Latin.

    2. I agree with you absolutely.
      On the subject of ‘ glaikit ‘-
      I don’t entirely agree with the above attempted definitions.
      Although I do agree with no3.
      because the root of glaikit is ”glassy or glazed” ( a dreamy/far away/not focussed – sometimes affected )

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