Yer Hard Edged Dictionary o' Glaswegian and Scottish words.


Right - here's awe the stuff thit's oan the site.

Glaswegian Words

Doric Words

Gaelic Words

Top 10 Scottish Words

Rabbie Burns Poems

Stuart McLean Poems

McGonagall Poems

Top 100 Scottish Songs

Top 100 Scottish Rhymes

Funny Scottish Scripts

Scottish Cities

Scottish Towns

Scottish Islands

Islands by Size

Scottish Munro's

Scottish Lochs

Scottish Rivers

Scottish Whisky

Scottish Boys Names

Scottish Girls Names

Doric Carnival

Images of Scotland

Glasgow Race for Life

Glasgow Race for Life 09


Scottish & Scotland

Funny Books by thon Scottish guy Stuart McLean - available UK, Canada, USA and ither countries.

Noo go an get wan - right!


No' Rabbie Burns - funny Scottish Poems

Rabbie Burns Scottish Poet Books

Why Did the Haggis Cross the Road? - hilarious Scottish jokes.


A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up Your Kilt - witty Scottish proverbs.

A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up Your Kilt

Ned Speak

Learn  the lingo of the Scottish Ned - and you will love them even more.

glasgow slang words

Buy Amazon

 Glaswegian words beginning : D
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Da Father

Father's are getting younger - this lad became a father when only thirteen. Da!!!!

Father's are getting younger - this lad became a father when only thirteen.

Dae Do  
Daein'                            Doing  
Daeing Doing  
Daftie A person of limited intelligence.  
Dain't Don't  
Dancer To say something is fantastic (exclamation) Oh ya dance, Ah won a tenner oan ra lottery.

Goodness gracious me, I put all my hard earned cash from the Employment Exchange onto lottery tickets and had the good fortune to win a massive ten pounds sterling

Dancer, ya Really good  
Dancin, The Disco or nightclub

Disco Dancing Girls in Nightclub Glasgow

Disco Dancing Girls Glasgow sexy bikini

Dancin, Are ye Would you like to dance with me?  
Daud or Dod A piece or lump. Gies a dod awe yer chocolate goanae?

Would you be so kind as to share your confectionary with me?

Dauner To walk slowly or stroll. Ah'll huv a wee dauner doon tae the pub.

I shall make my way to the local hostelry.

Daurna Does not Ane may think that daurna speak.

Married men soon learn to keep their mouths shut.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Daylicht Daylight His mither canna see daylicht til him.

He’s so bloody fat he fills the French windows.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Deed                              Dead  
Deid Dead / In big trouble


See you wee man - you're deid.

You have annoyed me by merely being in my presence and must now suffer my wrath.

De'il The Devil The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman by Rabbie Burns

The deil cam fiddlin' thro' the town,
And danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman,
And ilka wife cries, "Auld Mahoun,
I wish you luck o' the prize, man."
Chorus-The deil's awa, the deil's awa,
The deil's awa wi' the Exciseman,
He's danc'd awa, he's danc'd awa,
He's danc'd awa wi' the Exciseman.

The Devil has kidnapped the tax man - yippeeeee!!!

Deoch an doris Gaelic for a drink at the door / a last or farewell drink
Wee Deoch an Doris by Sir Harry Lauder.

There's a good old Scottish custom that has stood the test o'time,
It's a custom that's been carried out in every land and clime.
When brother Scots are gathered, it's aye the usual thing,
Just before we say good night, we fill our cups and sing...

Just a wee deoch an doris, just a wee drop, that's all.
Just a wee deoch an doris afore ye gang awa.
There's a wee wifie waitin' in a wee but an ben.
If you can say, "It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht",
Then yer a'richt, ye ken.

Now I like a man that is a man; a man that's straight and fair.
The kind of man that will and can, in all things do his share.
Och, I like a man a jolly man, the kind of man, you know,
The chap that slaps your back and says, "Jock, just before ye go..."


Diddies Womens breasts  
Diddy Idiot or fool What diddy did this?

funny car crash

Didnae Did not Ah didnae dae it - a big boy did it and ran away.

Oooops there I go again - telling little lies.

Dig Money Money a working boy would pay parents for lodgings  
Dingy To ignore; or clatty - dirty.  


Don't Dinnae bother me Ah'm busy.

Do not annoy me I'm watching the television.

Dirk Dagger with a long blade. The Scottish dirk is a direct descendant of the medieval ballock dagger.

Scottish Dirk - Sgian Dubh

Scottish Dirk - Sgian Dubh

Disnae or Dizny                    Doesn't  
Diz Does  
Dizn't Doesn't  
Dizzy  The act of being stood up She gaed us a dizzy so she did.
Doacter Doctor  
Dobber Penis / Idiot


diminutive noun

Used in place of ‘penis’ in Ned speak. A Ned never calls his penis (or indeed any penis) a dobber but he does call all his friends dobbers - implying that they are all penises. So in effect he takes pleasure in hanging about with penises - which tends to suggest he’s a bit of a prick himself!

[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

Doin, Doing A beating  
Doll A slightly derogatory name for a girl or girlfriend.

Some right Scottish Dolls in mini kilts

Scottish Dolls in mini kilts


Doo A Pigeon.

Pigeon attacks man in Glasgow

Pigeon attacks man in Glasgow


A Glaswegian Pigeon after a night on the bevvie . . .

dead pigeon in Glasgow


Dook To dip something into another thing. eg Dooking for apples where the face is plunged into a bowl of apple infested water in the ludicrously vain hope of actually catching one in your teeth.

Dooking for apples

Dooking for apples

Doolally One only ever goes doolally - one never actually gets there. A person who is going doolally is thought to be slightly mentally deranged - but usually in a good way. The old man's going doolaly.

Although my father has reached the ridiculously ancient age of fifty he has decided to run a marathon!

Doolfu Doleful / sorrowful /  mournful Ode to a Toad
Poor wee doolfu’ toad,
Ye goat a right bum deal,
For sexy girls a frog will kiss,
A prince for tae reveal.

The frog has skin so soft an’ smooth,
While your’s has warts that shock,
The frog is built tae hop around,
While ye have goat tae walk.

But didnae get too upset,
As ye lay ten thousand eggs,
For yer weans will grow up safe and sound,
For nae one eats toad’s legs.

Copyright Stuart McLean

From No' Rabbie Burns

Doon Down  
Doon-the-Watter The ancient Glaswegian custom of going to Classic Tourist Destinations on the River Clyde; Millport, Rothesay, and Dunoon for the 'fair' holidays.

At the fair thousands of workers and their families would head for these exotic resorts to eat fish and chips on the beach.

(Note: This was before pleasure and enjoyment were invented.)

The Song of the Clyde - Author Unknown

I sing of a river I'm happy beside
The song that I sing is a song of the Clyde
Of all Scottish rivers it’s dearest to me
It flows from Leadhills all the way to the sea
It borders the orchards of Lanark so fair
Meanders through meadows with sheep grazing there
But from Glasgow to Greenock, in towns on each side
The hammers ding-dong is the song of the Clyde

Oh the river Clyde, the wonderful Clyde
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride
And I'm satisfied whate'er may betide
The sweetest of songs is the song of the Clyde

Imagine we’ve left Craigendoran behind
And wind-happy yachts by Kilcreggan we find
At Kirn and Dunoon and Innellan we stay
Then Scotland’s Madeira that’s Rothesay, they say
Or maybe by Fairlie and Largs we will go
Or over to Millport that thrills people so
Mavbe joumey to Arran it can't be denied
Those scenes all belong to the song of the Clyde

When sun sets on dockland, there’s beauty to see
The cry of a seabird is music to me
The blast of a horn loudly echoes, and then
A stillness descends on the water again
Tis’ here that the sea-going liners are born
But, unlike the salmon, they seldom return
Can you wonder the Scots o’er the ocean so wide
Should constantly long for the song of the Clyde

These verses below were added by Kenneth McKellar in his version of the song:

There's Paw an' Maw at Glasgow Broomielaw.
Goin' "doon the water" for "The Fair."
There's Bob an' Mary, on the Govan Ferry,
Wishin' jet propulsion could be there.
There's steamers cruisin', and there's "buddies" snoozin',
And there's laddies fishin' frae the pier;
An' Paw's perspirin', very near expirin',
As he rows a boat frae there to here.

With eyes a-flashin', it is voted "smashin",
To be walkin' daily on the prom:
May and Evelyn are in seventh heaven
As thy stroll along with Dick and Tom;
And Dumbarton Rock to ev'ry Jean and Jock,
Extends a welcome that is high and wide:
Seems to know that they are on their homeward way
To hear the song of the Clyde."

Dosser Down and Out / Tramp

Down and Out Teddy on the Streets of Glasgow

Down and Out Teddy on the Streets of Glasgow

Dram A measure of whisky  
Drap A measure of whisky which can vary between a thimbleful to a bucketful depending on the generosity or otherwise of the host. Will ye huv a wee drap ay whisky?

I am asking a rhetorical question - it is already poured.

Dreep To voluntarily tumble from a high place such as a wall. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great dreep.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Said, 'Who cares he was a bit of a creep.'

[ Copyright Stuart McLean]

Dreich Damp, dizzily, cold wet  weather - the kind that gets under your skin and makes you buy an easyJet ticket to Spain

IE Scotland in summer.

Glesga Rain Dance

Glesga Rain Dance

Drookit                          Soaking wet  
Droont Drowned  
Drooth A great thirst.
Drover A person who took cattle over long distances to market. Many drover's roads still criss-cross Scotland - The West Highland Way is partly Drover's roads. The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan - reputed to be haunted by several drovers who killed each other in a fierce fight.

The Drovers Inn Inverarnan haunted ghosts

Drum, The Drumchapel, an area of Glasgow where the unemployed outnumber the employed by 3 to 1 - usually up a close with the help of a knife.

Drumchapel (Druim a' Chapaill in Gaelic) (known to locals and residents as 'The Drum') is part of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, having been annexed from Dunbartonshire in 1938. It borders Bearsden to the east (in East Dunbartonshire) and Clydebank to the west (in West Dunbartonshire). The area is bordered by Knightswood and Yoker in Glasgow. The name derives from the Gaelic meaning 'the ridge of the horse'.

Drumchapel Glasgow - Beach View at Sunset

(It doesn't look so bad at this time of day!)

Drumchapel Glasgow - Beach View at Sunset

Drouthy or Druthy Thirsty From Tam O' Shanter by Robert Burns

When chapman billies leave the street,
And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet;
As market days are wearing late,
And folk begin to tak the gate,
While we sit bousing at the nappy,
An' getting fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

Duck's Arse A hairstyle (consisting of greased hair piled high on top and swept back at the sides to form a ridge or seam at the back)

Duck's Arse

Duck's Arse

Duck's Arse hairstyle

Duds Trousers  
Dug Dog  
Dug Van Small Police ' Wagon '  
Dule / Dool Grieve  
Dumps A ritual observed by schoolchildren - when it's someone's birthday you are allowed to hit them on the back - once for each year of his age.  
Dunderheid What the schoolmaster called you when you got a question wrong, before children's rights, human rights and twenty other bloody stupid policies made such remarks illegal.

School Dunce - Dunderheid

School Dunce - Dunderheid

Dunted A wee bit drunk  
Dwam Dream state.  

From Ned Speak

by Stuart McLean

diminutive noun
Used in place of ‘penis’ in Ned speak. A Ned never calls his penis (or indeed any penis) a dobber but he does call all his friends dobbers - implying that they are all penises. So in effect he takes pleasure in hanging about with penises - which tends to suggest he’s a bit of a prick himself!

excruciating noun
A doing is something that is given. Neds tend to give them to random people in the street who are younger, smaller and weaker than themselves. The consequences of receiving a doing are likely to be; a black eye, slashed face, bleeding nose, and broken limbs. Doings are best avoided!


Ned Speak - Learn  the lingo of the Scottish Ned

glasgow slang words


Buy at Amazon

Scottish / Glaswegian Word List - click for more details:








Dancer, ya

Dancin, The

Dancin, Are ye

Daud or Dod







Deoch an doris




Dig Money




Disnae or Dizny                   






Doin, Doing
















Drum, The

Drouthy or Druthy

Duck's Arse



Dug Van

Dule or Dool






See copying awe ma stuff and sticking it oan yer ain website or blog - gonnae no dae that!

Huv a look it this 

- it's dead good so it is.

John Logie Baird and Television : Images Across Space by yon smart guy Dr. Douglas Brown

John Logie Baird

Buy : Amazon


NOTE: The contents of this site are copyright Stuart McLean / Stuart Macfarlane and should not be used in any way without permission. Many of the images on the site have been submitted by visitors - we believe these to be copyright free - however, if you own copyright to any, please let us know and they will be removed or suitable attribution included.

If you spot any errors or have other Glaswegian, Scottish or Doric works you would like added to our list please drop us an email.

Contact us: