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 Glaswegian words beginning : J
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Jacobite Jacobitism was (and, to a limited extent, remains) the political movement dedicated to the restoration of the Stuart kings to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The movement took its name from the Latin form Jacobus of the name of King James II and VII.

Jacobitism was a response to the deposition of James II and VII in 1688 when he was replaced by his daughter Mary II jointly with her husband and first cousin William of Orange. The Stuarts lived on the European mainland after that, occasionally attempting to regain the throne with the aid of France or Spain. The primary seats of Jacobitism were Ireland and Scotland, particularly the Scottish Highlands. In England, Jacobitism was strongest in the north, and some support also existed in Wales.

Many embraced Jacobitism because they believed parliamentary interference with monarchical succession to be illegitimate, and many Catholics hoped the Stuarts would end discriminatory laws. Still other people of various allegiances became involved in the military campaigns for all sorts of motives. In Scotland the Jacobite cause became entangled in the last throes of the warrior clan system, and became a lasting romantic memory.
[From Wikipedia]

Jacobite Battle

Jacobite Battle


Culloden Moor

Culloden Moor



The Culloden Battle

Towards one o'clock, the Jacobite artillery opened fire on government soldiers. The government responded with their own cannon, and the Battle of Culloden began.
Bombarded by cannon shot and mortar bombs, the Jacobite clans held back, waiting for the order to attack. At last they moved forwards, through hail, smoke, murderous gunfire and grapeshot. Around eighty paces from their enemy they started to fire their muskets and charged. Some fought ferociously. Others never reached their goal. The government troops had finally worked out bayonet tactics to challenge the dreaded Highland charge and broadsword. The Jacobites lost momentum, wavered, then fled.
[Extract from the NTS Culloden Website : Culloden ]



Lion deoch-slainte Thearlaich,
A mheirlich, strac a' chuach;
B'i sid an iocshlaint' aluinn,
Dh' ath-bheothaicheadh mo chaileachd,
Ged a bhiodh am bas orm,
Gun neart, gun agh, gun tuar,-
Righ nan dul a chur do ohabhlaich
Oirnn thar sail' ri luaths.
Alasdair MacMhaighstir


Jag Injection  
Jaggey Bunnet A Hat



Jaggy Supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club Visit the website:    Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle Fottball Ground Glasgow

Partick Thistle Fottball Ground Glasgow

Jaggy nettles A Scottish nettle that is . . . well jaggy mainly!

Definitely to be avoid when you are playing hide-and-seek.

Scottish jaggy nettles

Jaiket Jacket Haud ma jaiket while Ah deel with this wee keek.

Would you mind taking care of my suit jacket, I find it necessary to give this cad a good whacking.

Jake Cheap Cider  
Jake, jakie A tramp or Down and Out

Tramp Down and Out Glasgow

. . . and he shops at Morrisons!

Down and Out glagsow tramp

Jam sandwich Police Car  
Jammy bastard Someone who is lucky  
Jars Women's breasts  
Jaur Jar  
Jay A Joint (Hash)

Pass the hash . . .

ultra short skirt hash

Jeeked To be very tired  
Jeely                          Jam  
Jeely  jaur                         Jam Jar  
Jeely Piece A childhood delicacy - a sandwich filled with jam - yum!!  Jeely Piece song by Adam McNaughton

I'm a sky scraper wean, I live on the nineteenth floor
But I'm no goin' oot tae play any more.
'Cause since we moved to o or new house I'm wastin' away
For I'm getting one meal less every day.

Oh ye canna fling pieces oot a twenty story flat
Seven hundred hungry weans will testify to that
If it's butter, cheese or jeely, if the bread is plain or pan
The odds against it reaching us is ninety-nine to one

On the first day my Maw flung oot a daud o' hovis broon
It came skitin' oot the windae and went up instead o' doon
Noo ev'ry twenty seven hours it comes back into sight
Cause my piece went intae orbit and became a satellite

On the next day my Maw flung me oot a piece again
It went up and hit a pilot in a fast, low flying plane
He scrapped it off his goggles, shouting through the intercom
The Clydeside Reds have got me wi' a breid 'n jelly bomb

On the third day my Maw tho't she would try another throw
The Salvation Army band was standin' doon below
'Onward Christian Soldiers' was the tune they should've played
But the Oompah man was playing piece 'n marmalade

We've wrote awa' to Oxfam to try an' get some aid
We all joined together and have formed the Piece Brigade
We're gonna march to London tae demand our civil rights
Like nae more hooses over piece flinging height

Jelly Temazepam  
Jen up Jen Up
fallacious adjective
‘Jen up’ is the Neds way of saying ‘honestly’.
So when the judge asks a Ned, ‘Do you deny attempting to steal exhibit A?’ he will reply, “I wiz only wantin’ tae see it in ra daylight. Jen up - I hud nae intention o’ stealing ra fuckin’ telly.”
[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]
Jesusjonny For goodness sake (exclamation)  
Jiggered Exhausted or confused Ah'm fair jiggered - marathon's dae that tae me.

I find the tremendous exertion of watching the Edinburgh Marathon completely exhausting.

Jigging (The) The dancing / Dance  (eg Ur ye goin' tae the jigging?)  
Jile Jail - Prison If you don't eat your carrots your gonnae end up in thr jile.
Jimmy The universal name for any random person you meet in the street. Hey Jimmy huv ye goat a light.

Darn, I seem to have forgotten my gold lighter, excuse me sir could you kindly light my fag.

Jimmy Riddle Piddle, Piss  


Joined Dae ye think we ur jined at the hip?

Big David and I may do absolutely everything together but apparently we are not Siamese twins.

Jiner A joiner or carpenter  
Jings The polite was of saying 'For Fxxx Sake' Jings Ma, whit are ye Daein'  in bed wae uncle Bob?

Gosh mum - could you please put your clothes on.

Jist Just

Jist good friends . . .

lesbian kiss


Sweetheart O Lassie Art Though Sleeping Yet
(Extract only)
O let me in this ae night,
When ma cock for once is big an’ tight;
Ye can even keep oan the light,
O gonnae let me in, jo.

O Lassie art though sleeping yet,
Or art thou awake and wantin’ a bit?
The Viagra has worked – see the size o’ it,
And I would fain be in, jo.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]

Joab Job

A term used to frighten teenagers in the same way Bogie Man is used to frighten young children. If a father gets really annoyed at an offspring he'll say in a menacing voice, "Away oot and get yersel' a joab."

The victims of this deception do not realise that there are no Bogey Men and there are no Joabs,

Ah cannae decide whether tae be a doctor or a pilot or a psychiatrist or a scientist or just be a bloody scrounger like ma parents an ma granparents.

- Wild dreams of a Drumchapel Boy

Joaby Excretement Oh joaby Ah've jist goat a joab.

Damn and blast, I have just received the awful news that I have been offered a job! Work!! Me? Never - it's against my religion!

Joby Jabber Homosexual  
Johnny Bags Condoms  
Jook or Jouk To dodge or avoid. That's the rain comin' oan, Ah'm gonnae jouk up this close tae keep dry.
Jorries. Marbles (as used by children)  
Jotters To be fires from a job. He goat his Jotters fur taking his work hame.

He was fired from his job at the jewellers for stealing diamond rings.

Jubilee Iced carton drink  
Judas Iscariot Carry Out (drinks from the off-licence or supermarket  
Juke of Montrose A Dose Ah goat a Jack of Montrose frae ma burd.

I have been sleeping with every slag that's been drunk enough to have sex with me. As a consequence I must make another visit to the VD clinic - oh and I guess you should too - sorry.

Jupin To skive off / play truant  

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

by Stuart McLean

Modern Scottish Proverbs

A fool and his money are great companions on a night out.

An ASBO in time saves nine.

Familiarity breeds a lot of little bastards.

It's the early bird that gets first place in the dole queue.

If a job's worth doing, it's worth getting some other bugger to do it.

A friend in need is a bloody nuisance.

O wad some power the gift tae gie us, to see oursels as our mithers-in-law see us.

Wise men think what their wives tell them to think.

A red sky at night is a Shepherd’s delight. A red sky in the morning means you’ve had far too much Tequila Sunset.

God help the rich, the poor have the Department of Social Security.


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Jaggey Bunnet


Jaggy nettles



Jake, jakie

Jam sandwich

Jammy bastard






Jeely  jaur                        

Jeely Piece


Jen up



Jigging (The)



Jimmy Riddle








Joby Jabber

Johnny Bags

Jook or Jouk




Judas Iscariot

Juke of Montrose



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