Learn Geordie - Geordie Sayings And Phrases
Alreet Pet! There's nothing like the Geordie accent, and is said to be one of the most friendly dialects in the country. Some may say it's grim up North, but not in Newcastle, and not the Geordies, everyone knows about the vibrant city that is the Toon.
From Byker Grove to Geordie Shore and Vera, there's been no shortage of Geordie inspiration on TV and in pop culture, with Ant & Dec, Cheryl and Alan Shearer being just a few of the big Geordie names which the nation has taken to their heart.
Typical Geordie Phrases And Translations
Alreet mate what ya uptee the morra?
Hello, what are your plans for tomorrow
Yee oot the neet like? Aye but am gannin canny. A woz oot wiv wor lass last neet
Do you have plans tonight? Yes, but not drinking too much, I was out with the wife last night.
Let us naa what ya deein if yee wanna gan for scran or aal just gan yem
Let me know what you are up to, if you want to go for something to eat or I will just go home.
Telt yee that lass from the other neet was proper radge like!
I told you that girl from the other night was crazy!
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Geordie Dictionary - A to Z
So you want some Geordie words? We here are the most popular and famous words from Geordieland, and what they mean.
Alreet - Hello, literally means "Alright"?
Aal - All
Aye - Yes
Bairn - Baby, child or kid. Pronounced "bern"
Bait - Food, Dinner, Lunch
Belter / Belta - Something which is good
Bonnie / Bonny - Good looking or attractive (Bonny lass, bonny lad)
Broon - Newcastle Brown Ale (Or just the colour brown)
Cadge - Beg
Canny - Something which is good, all right or nice, or a little bit of something or just 'quite' (Canny lass, canny drunk, canny hard)
Charva / Charver - The original word for Chav. Invented in Newcastle, the Southerners changed it.
Clammin - Very hungry, Starving
Clart - dirty, muddy
Da - Dad, Father
Daft - Something or someone who is stupid
Dafty - Someone who is stupid - "Shut up ya dafty"
Dee - Do
Deed - Dead
Deek / Deeks / Deeky - To take a look at something. "Give iz a deeky"
Div - Do; Or short for Divee (someone who is stupid)
Divee - Someone who is stupid
Divent - Do not / Don't - "Aye divent naa" - I Don't know
Doon - Down
Durrem - Slang for Durham jail. "He's in durrem". - He's in jail.
eee - When someone is shocked or surprised, they may say "eee"
Fathaa - Father / Dad
Forst - First
Fower - Four
Fanny - Girls
Frisk - Exciting time
Gadgie / Gadgy - An old man
Gan - Go
Gan canny - go carefully; Take it easy
Gaff - House / Place where you live.
Giz - Give
Graft - Work
Get - Git
Gob - Mouth
Groond - Ground
Heed - Head
Hawld - Hold
Hinny - Girl, lass
Hoos - House
Howay - Come on; Howay is the Geordie, Ha'way is the Mackem version.
Hor - Her
Hortz - Hurts
Hyem / Yem - Home (pronounced Yem)
Kip - Sleep
Kidda / Kidder - A younger person
Knack / Knacks - When something hurts
Lad - Young man, boy, male
Lass - Young women, girl, female
Liberty - something which is not fair "Taking liberties"
Ma - Mother
Mam - Mother, Mum
Mackem - Someone from Sunderland
Marra - A friend
Mags / Magpies - Geordies, someone from Newcastle or supporters of Newcastle United
Mind - A complex word with many meanings. "A Divent Mine" - I don't care.
Mingin - Horrible, something smelly, ugly
Mint - Something great or good.
Missus - The wife
Mooth - Mouth
Mortal - Drunk
Na / Nah - No
Nee - No "Nee chance" No chance
Neebody - Nobody
Neet - Night
Netty - Toilet
Ne'Cassell - Newcastle
Noot - Nothing
Nowt - Nothing
Nen - None
Nahr - No
Oot - Out. We're gannin oot - We're going out
Ower - Over
Palatic - Very drunk
Paraletic - Very Drunk
Pet - Term of endearment - Alreet Pet?
Polliss - Police (from Polis)
Proper - To emphasise something e.g. proper good, proper bad
Queer - Odd or Strange, also means gay
Radge / Radgie / Radgy / Radji - Someone who's crazy
Reet - Right
Sand Dancer - Someone from South Shields
Scran - Food
Sell - Self
Tab - Cigarette
Ta - Thanks
Taak - Talk
Tattie - Potato
Telt - Told
The Day - Today
The Morra - Tomorrow
Toon - Town - Ganin oot doon the Toon - Going out down the town (night out in Newcastle)
Toon Army - Nickname for Newcastle United FC
Us - Me e.g. Give us a kiss - Give me a kiss / Give iz a kiss
Uptee - Up To
Waak - Walk
Wey Aye - Yes! Used when you really want to emphasise something; "Do you want to go for a drink? Wey Aye man!
Well Aye - Similar to Wey Aye. It can be a sarcastic way of saying Yes.
Wey - Well
Wesh - Wash
Wor - Our - Gannin oot wiv wor lass - Going out with my wife
Workie Ticket - Someone who's misbehaving. Usually used for kids. - He's been a reet workie ticket. - He's misbehaving a lot.
Wrang - Wrong, incorrect.
Woz - Was
Yee - You
Yem - Home
Yersell - Yourself
Where does Geordie Come From?
If you are from a Scandinavian country or speak Danish, Swedish or Norwegian, then a lot of those words will probably look familiar to you. Lots of Geordie words were derived from old Norse and are still used in Nordic languages, if you're a fan of the Viking era then you may have heard of some of these words too!