I began the Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day series a month ago primarily as an exercise in motivating myself to blog daily with the potentially beneficial side effect of amusing [all?] my reader[s?] out there. I believe that it has been a resounding success, at least insofar as it has gotten me to […]
Sixth in a series crabbit (cra·bit) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj. 1. ill-tempered, grumpy, curt, disagreeable; in a bad mood [esp. in the morning]. (Often used in “Ken this, yer a crabbit get, so ye are“). -n. See crab – one who by their nature or temperament conveys an aura of irritability.
Fifth in a series dreich (dre·ech) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj. 1. (intr.) drab. 2. (tr.) dreary (referring to weather or a sermon). 3. often leads to a state of being drookit; grey.
Fourth in a series besom (biz·um) Dialect, chiefly Scot -n. 1. obstreperous girl or woman; female upstart (as in “Dinnae pou’ yer brither’s hair, ya wee besom“) 2. woman of low moral standing; a hussy (“Thon yin’s a right mucky besom“). 3. a broomstick or scourge; any broom made from loose twigs 4. a comet […]
Third in a series 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.
Second in a series braw (br·aww) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj. 1. fine, pleasant, esp. weather (“It’s a braw day the day” or “It’s a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht the nicht“). 2. attractive, pretty (often in “You’re really braw, hen. Fancy a Ruby Murray?“).
First in a series mauchit (maw·kit) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj. dirty, filthy, sticky, muddy. Cf. Mauchy, Mochy, Maukie, Mawkit. (see also Manky, Clarty) (often used in ‘Lookit the colour o’ ye, ya mauchit wee to’rag’).