Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Glaikit

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(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. My favorite scottish word is heed, as in HEED…PAPER….NOW!! Or maybe frikkin as in weee not so weee and frikkin huge.

    • are you scottish brad?im from the highlands,speak scots and doric and have never heard any one say frikkin, 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, :)

      • gregorisim:
        Brad was referring to an old Saturday Night Live skit, “All Things Scottish”. Region restrictions might kill it, but the Hulu link is here.

      • “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.

  2. Doric/Scots/Lallands whichever term you prefer is NOT ‘slang’. It never has been and never will be and calling it that is both ignorant and insulting.

    • 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.

    • wellimjustnottellingyou

      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 )

  3. or

    Scots language is NOT slang – get a grip. Ignorance is no excuse.

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