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Glaswegian words beginning : B
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Babby Baby


Awe, she's a lovely wee babby.

Christ, she's got a face like the back end of a bus - just like her mother.


A typical Glaswegian Baby - feeding at the bottle.

Glaswegian Baby drunk funny

Baccy Tobaco  
Bachle / Bauchle A wee fat wifie. / Small misshapen person.

Used as a general insult.

Typical Glaswegian Bachles

fat women in bikinis

Back a Used in relation to time - such as the back a six - meaning around six - - or, if stated by a woman, any time between 7 and 10.  
Backdoor-trot Diarrhoea  
Back green The shared drying area (or garden if you are very posh)  
Back-haun Overdue  
Backie Help a friend climb a wall or to carry a passenger on a bicycle  
Backjaw Impudence  
Backle A mangled whingle Tae a Backle
O wornie, weenkle bonkled Backle,
Skeetin’ doon yon thochtie meckle,
Wenten mornoot wae monie a chattel,
Nae brostie fondent blooday kettle.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]
Ba'-heid / Baw Heed A derogatory term suggesting that someone is arrogant or over opinionated. Yer heid's up yer arse ba'-heid.

You are talking nonsense you unpleasant person.

Bad Fire


Another way of scaring weans into doing things they don't want to do.

"If ye don't eat yer haggis ye'll go tae the Bad Fire."

"But maw Ah hate haggis - dae you know whit it's made eh?"

"Don't gie me 'hate haggis' Ah'll 'hate haggis' ye."


Living in Hell

Baffies Slippers


Baggie Minnies Minnows or stickleback caught from the canal or pond with a wee net. Ah've caught ten baggies bit nine ur deed.

Next time we bring a jar.

Bahookie Bum / Bottom Ah fell oan ma bahookie.

After twelve cans of lager I became slightly unsteady on my legs and found myself in the gutter with my bottom stuck down the drain.

A right pair of Bahookies . . .

girls bottoms flashing outdoors

Bailie Justice of the Peace  
Bairn Child  
Bairnskip Childhood  
Baith Both  
Baldy A person who is bald / A very short haircut. Did ye get a baldy or did ye hae a fight wae a lawnmower?
Baldy Batne An insulting name that must be shouted at every bald man that walks past.  
Baltic Really cold  
Balloon A person who boasts or exaggerates.

Balloons are always big - there are no medium or small sizes used when making balloons.

Away ye go ya big balloon, ye did not meet Elvis while ye were on a trip tae the moon.
Baloo Lullaby  
Bampot Derogatory term / Person of an unstable nature / Crazy Person / Headcase Ur fur a doing fur nicking ma burd ya wee bloody bampot.

I feel somewhat disconcerted that you seem to be having an intimate relationship with the girl of my dreams and as a result I feel obliged to hit you over the head with a smashed bottle.

Bamstick Similar term to bampot but used by the more cultured Ned. Yon Van Gough wis an effin bamstick - his pictures o’ matchstick men are pure shite.

I do not know anything about art or indeed about anything at all.

Bane Bone  
Banger Stupid person / or exploding firework  
Banjo                             Hit someone  
Banjoed Getting hit, Punched

discordant verb
Should you meet a Ned on the high street who asks if you would like to be ‘banjoed’ do not be fooled into thinking he wishes to serenade you with a musical instrument. The phrase is merely a courtesy warning that you will be shortly be rushing to A&E.
[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

Cat banjoes dog

fighting animals cat dog

Banter Talk (usually describe interesting talk)   
Bap Small bread roll  
Bard Poet  
Bar L Nickname for both Barlinnie Prison and the Barlanark area of Glasgow - it's hard to tell the two apart.

Barlinnie Prison - home sweet home to many Glaswegians

 Barlinnie Prison Glasgow

Barelies Scarcely  
Barney / Barnie Fight  
Barra Barrow  
Barras The barrows market in the East End of Glasgow. Best place in the world for buying goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry (stolen).

Website The Barras

barrows market Glasgow barras

Barrbru, Babru Irn Bru - Scotland's other national drink.

Irn Bru Scottish Girl

Barred Excluded from / Not allowed in The Bard wis barred frae the Barras.

Jock the Poet has been banned from going into the Barroland Market for selling illegal copies of his poems.

Bass, Ya Bastard, word originally used by the Gorbals gangs from the 1960s  
Bauchle A small fat woman / Feeble person  
Baudrons Cat  
Baurley-bree Whisky  
Bawbag Ballbag, term of endearment.  
Bawbee An old Scots sixpence or half-penny sterling, named after mint-master Alexander Orrock, Laird of Sillebawbe.

Rhyme: Coulter's Candy (Ally Bally Bee)

Ally, Bally, Ally Bally Bee
Sitting on your mammy's knee
Greetin' for a wee
To buy some Coulter's Candy

Poor wee Jeannie's looking awful thin
A rickle of bones covered over with skin
Now she's getting a wee double chin
From sucking Coulter's Candy

Here's old Coulter coming round
With a basket on his crown
So here's a penny, now you run down
And buy some Coulter's Candy

Ally, Bally, Ally, Bally Bee
When you grow up you'll go to sea
Making pennies for your daddy and me
To buy some Coulter's Candy


A Bawbee

 Scottish Bawbee Coins Currency

Bawhead A general insult - suggesting that the person has an empty head.

A bawhead in Sauchiehall Street

naked man streaker streets Glasgow idiot

Baws Testicles Ah'm gonnie kick you in the baws ya bawbag.

I am slightly irritated by you and if I were not moroculously drunk I would take offensive action.

Baxter Baker  
Bedfast Bedridden  
Bead Rattler Catholic  
Bedraggled In deplorable condition  
Bealin / Beelin Angry  
Belly Stomoch  
Beezer / Beazer Something good Oh ya beezer - now Ah can get totally rat-arsed fur a week.”

I have just found a wallet on a bus - gosh, that was rather a pleasurable and unexpected event to have occurred. I shall use the money to buy 50 bottles of the finest Buckfast Tonic Wine.

Beglaumer Bewitch  
Begoud Begin  
Beil Shelter  
Beild Bald  
Beld Bald  
Bellythrawe Stomach-ache  
Belter Something that is good / good looking  
Belong Come from / Live in I Belong to Glasgow by Will Fyfe

I've been wi' a couple o' cronies,
One or two pals o' my ain;
We went in a hotel, and we did very well,
And then we came out once again;
Then we went into anither,
And that is the reason I'm fu';
We had six deoch-an-doruses, then sang a chorus,
Just listen, I'll sing it to you:

I belong to Glasgow,
Dear old Glasgow town;
But what's the matter wi' Glasgow,
For it's goin' roun' and roun'!
I'm only a common old working chap,
As anyone here can see,
But when I get a couple o' drinks on a Saturday,
Glasgow belongs to me!

There's nothing in keeping your money,
And saving a shilling or two;
If you've nothing to spend, then you've nothing to lend,
Why that's all the better for you!
There no harm in taking a drappie,
It ends all your trouble and strife;
It gives ye the feeling that when you get home,
You don't give a hang for the wife!

Ben A mountain. The highest mountain in Scotland is Ben Nevis. Nevis is 1,344 metres high (or 4,408 feet)

Just to make things confusing, not all Scottish mountains are prefixed Ben. Buachaille Etive Mor, in Glencoe, is probably the most beautiful mountain.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Scotland

Ben A short way of saying "through in the" - usually in the form 'Ben the room.'

'Where's ma glasses hen?'

'They're ben the bedroom.'


'Darling have you seen my spectacles?'

'Oh you stupid old coot have you lost them again - they are probably in the bedroom where you usually leave them.'

Besom / Bizzum Obstreperous  / Annoying person / Loose woman  
Bethankit Grace after a meal  
Bevvy / Bevvie Achoholic beverage  
Bidyin Rent-free cohabiter  
Big Hoose Prison  
Big Man A general term used in greeting to a male friend.  
Bile Boil  
Bin howker A person (usually a down and out) who raids the bins for food or valuables.  
Bingo Bus An affectionate term for a police van. So called because when your number’s called you end up getting slung into the back of one.

Police van at Charing Cross Station Glasgow

Police van Glasgow

Bint Derogatory term for girlfriend (suggesting that she may be a bit of a slut)

Glasgow Girl in Micro Mini Skirt Clubbing

Birks Birch Trees

The Birks of Aberfeldy in Winter

As Winter weeps and sighs her tears,
O’er bank and branch and painted tree,
Come let us stroll neath sapphire skies,
In the Birks of Aberfeldy.

Through white and bare the trees do show,
Tho’ Winter casts her veil of snow,
A glimpse of gold no man could grow,
In the Birks of Aberfeldy.

The robin sings to the river’s tune,
The gushing waters tumbling doon,
As hands entwined we two shall spoon,
In the Birks of Aberfeldy.

Earth’s rocky climb like towers high,
Yawning, stretching to the sky,
Enwrap, enfold us, you and I,
In the Birks of Aberfeldy.

Sparkling diamonds melt together,
Their time is short, e’er remember,
Forever we shall love and walk,
In the Birks of Aberfeldy.

[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]


Birks of Aberfeldy Scotland

Waterfall - Birks of Aberfeldy

Birl Spin your body round. Especially in Scottish country dancing  
Bizzum / Besom Obstreperous  / Annoying person  
Black Affronted            Very Embarrassed  
Black Maria The large black police bus that takes neds to court from police offices  
Black necks Dirty Person  
Blashie Wet and windy  
Blaw Blow  
Blazin Drunk

(So drunk that, by the time you have sobered up, you have forgotten that you were even at the pub)

Drunk girl in Glasgow City Centre

Drunk girl Glasgow town centre

Bleach or bleached to hit or repeatedly hit with blunt instrument i.e a bottle  
Blellum Silly talkative person  
Blether                           Gossip / chat Birds and blethers fly.

Carrier pigeons and emails are great ways of spreading malicious gossip.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Bletherskite Someone who is talking nonsense.  
Blinder Drinking Spree / Binge Drinking Bobby went oan a blinder - noo he's blind.
Blinn Blind  
Blootered Drunk Payday! Let's git blootered.

It's Friday and we have been paid - let's go to the pub and stay there until we have wasted all our hard earned money.

Blotto Drunk  
Blow Hash  
Boabie Penis  
Boak Vomit  
Boak (eg "It wud gae yeh ra boak - so it wud") Sick  
Boatle a' soup. Buckfast wine


Buckfast Tonic wine

The wine was first produced in the 1890s by the Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey using a recipe brought over from France, as indeed is the wine base used today.

The wine was originally sold in small quantities by the Abbey itself, as a medicine with the slogan "Three small glasses a day, for good health and lively blood". In 1927 the Abbey lost its licence to sell wine, as a result of which the Abbot signed a deal with wine merchants to distribute the wine on the Abbey's behalf. At the same time, the recipe was changed in order for the wine to appeal to a wider customer base, resulting in increased sales. The modern bottle carries a notice that it does not in fact have tonic properties of the type claimed in the former slogan.

In recent times, Buckfast has achieved popularity in working class and bohemian communities in certain parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Buckfast is also particularly popular among the Scottish ned culture and Irish students.Buckfast sold in the Republic of Ireland has a slightly lower alcoholic strength, arrives in a darker bottle, and lacks the vanillin flavouring of the British version. Buckfast sold in Northern Ireland is the same as that in the rest of the UK. The drink has also entered the popular culture lexicon in Scotland leading to it being given a number of nicknames, including "Wreck the Hoose Juice", "Commotion Lotion", "Mrs. Brown", "Bucky", "Lurgan Champagne", "Yak", "Buckshweng", "Devil's Water", "Tonic", "Toni- C", "Spice Weasel's Blood" and "Ton-Ton".     [from Wikipedia]

Boattle Bottle  
Boax Box  
Bodach Old man  
Bodhran A drum used in Scottish Music  
Bog Toilet (Bathroom if you are from Bearsden)  
Boggin Filthy, Dirty  
Bogie A home made cart created with planks of wood and a set of pram wheels stolen from some six year old girl.  
Bogie Snot from the nose.  
Bogieman A 'bad' man - used to encourage children to do what adults want. If ye urnae in bed in two minutes the bogieman will come and get ye.

Hurry up and get to bed, East Enders starts in a few minutes.

Bolt Run, Flee  
Bonce Head  
Bonnie Pretty  
Bookie Bookmaker  
Boo tae a goose Usually used in the expression, 'He wouldn't say boo tae a goose' - meaning he is mild mannered or a coward.  
Boozers Pub  
Bottle Merchant Coward  
Bou-backit Hump-backed  
Boufin’ Indescribably Smelly  
Bowlie leggit Bandy legged  
Brae Hill The Banks O' Doon by Robert Burns

Ye banks and braes o' bonie Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu' o' care!
Thou'll break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro' the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o' departed joys,
Departed never to return.

Aft hae I rov'd by Bonie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine:
And ilka bird sang o' its Luve,
And fondly sae did I o' mine;
Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,
Fu' sweet upon its thorny tree!
And may fause Luver staw my rose,
But ah! he left the thorn wi' me.

River Doon Scotland

Braeheid Hilltop  
Brass Monkey Junkie  
Brassic Having no money  
Brammer Excellent / good person  
Braw Good / pleasant   
Breacan An old style of kilt  
Breeks Trousers  
Breid Bread  
Brekk Break  
Brent new Brand new  
Bricht Bright 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..."


Bridie A meat pastry. Coming from the town of Forfar, also called a Forfar bridie, this treat is minced beef, onions, and spices wrapped up warm in a a delicious shortcrust pastry.

Forfar bridie

Brig Old Scots word for bridge. Often found in place names such as; Brigton and Brig O' Doon.  
Brithers Brothers  
Brocht Brought  
Brog Deerskin shoes  
Broo / Buroo Social Security Employment Exchange  
Brose Porridge made with meal, water, salt and butter

A horse called brose - nothing to do with porridge but a much nicer picture.

Brose sexy girls with horse mini skirts

Brosie Course / Stout  
Brou Brow  
Broukit Tear stained  
Bucket Bucket-bong, water implement used to smoke hash.  
Buckfast Commando intoxicated, aggressive yet fearless individual  
Buckfast Triangle Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge  
Buckfast Valley Lower Clyde valley, Lanarkshire  
Bucky / Buckie Buckfast Tonic Wine  
Budgies Wearing your socks over your tracksuit trousers  
Bufter Homosexual  
Bufty Homosexual  
Bum A person who can't fight  
Bumbaleerie Posterior / Bottom Ah fell oan ma bumbaleerie.
Bummer Bad experience / Bad deal. The Heid Bummer jist sacked me - that wis a right bummer.
Bummer (Heid) The top dog, the boss.  
Bump/ Bumped Steal, Stolen  
Bunnet Flat cap worn by working classes (in the days when we actually had working classes)  
Bunty Someone who gets bullied  
Burd The The current girlfriend Ah took ma burd fur a slap up meal.

I bought my latest girlfriend a fish supper - but she still refuses to have sex  with me - am I losing my touch?

Burds Females

Is that your burd?
Naw - that's ma maw ya eejit.

Burds - Glasgow Girls in Buchanan Street

Burn Steam  
Burns' Supper A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year. During the supper there is a ritual killing and eating of a Haggis, the shifting about on a plate of an inedible vegetable called neeps, the consumption of vast amounts of whisky and, of course, the recital of many a Burns poem. A Burns’ Supper

I got tae be thinking the other night,
A thought that filled me wae great delight,
Whit if one day I’m dead famous,
Just like thon Irish poet Shamus.

Whit if every year they celebrate,
Hae a toast tae me and stay up late,
Whit if they ca’ this a Burns’ Supper?
I wonder if this wid be just like a fish supper.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]

Burns Supper Scotland

Buroo / Broo Social Security Employment Exchange  
But and ben Two roomed cottage  
Buzzin Stoned, drunk  
Bygane The past  
Byraway / Bytheway Used instead of a full stop at the end of every sentence byraway "Ma name's Jimmy Bytheway."

If used as a greeting to a man this means:

'My name is James and I am about to thump the living daylight out of you.'

If used as a greeting to a woman this means:

'Fancy a shag?'

Byre Cattle Shed  

From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up Your Kilt

by Stuart McLean

Old Scottish Proverbs Revamped

Proverb - Translation

When ye christen the bairn ye should ken what to caa't.

Never arrange the christening until the paternity suit is settled.

Lang may yer lum reek.

May your energy efficient Baxi Boiler continue to operate without the pilot light extinguishing unexpectedly.

A bairn maun creep afore it gangs.

A youngster must achieve it’s first ASBO before it can be considered worthy of membership to a gang.

The deil’s aye guid tae his ain kin.

Getting a bum deal from God? Tune in and turn on to the Devil and you could be this week’s lottery winner. (Note: All calls cost one soul – mobile phone rates may vary.)

As poor as a kirk mouse.

As poor as a Wester Hailes mouse the day after the Dole money has been pissed against a wall.

Bairns speak i' the field what they hear i' the ha'.

Please miss ma maw’s having an affair wae the man next door . . . and so is ma da’.

Birds and blethers fly.

Carrier pigeons and emails are great ways of spreading malicious gossip.

The wan wi’ the ladder’s as bad as the thief.

Never, ever trust your window cleaner.


A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up Your Kilt

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Scottish / Glaswegian Word List - click for more details:



Bachle or Bauchle

Back a


Back green





Ba'-heid or Baw Heed

Bad Fire


Baggie Minnies







Baldy Batne













Bar L


Barney or Barnie



Barrbru, Babru


Bass, Ya










Bead Rattler


Bealin or Beelin


Beezer or Beazer











Besom or Bizzum


Bevvy or Bevvie


Big Hoose

Big Man


Bin howker

Bingo Bus




Bizzum or Besom

Black Affronted           

Black Maria

Black necks




Bleach or bleached











Boak (eg 'It wud gae yeh ra boak - so it wud')

Boatle a' soup.














Boo tae a goose


Bottle Merchant



Bowlie leggit



Brass Monkey








Brent new







Broo or Buroo






Buckfast Commando

Buckfast Triangle

Buckfast Valley

Bucky or Buckie







Bummer (Heid)

Bumpor Bumped



Burd The



Burns' Supper

Buroo or Broo

But and ben



Byraway or Bytheway



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