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  1. (slang, usually in plural) testicle
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  1. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) scrotum.
Often used pejoratively, in the same way that scrotum can be used pejoratively. Specifically applied pejoratively to one who is foolish or annoying, or conversely may also be used a term of endearment.
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bawheid etymology baw ‘ball’ + heid ‘head’ pronunciation
  • [ˈbɑːhid], [ˈbɔːhid]
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  1. (pejorative) A person with a chubby face.
  2. (pejorative) A stupid person.
behoochie etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • [bɪˈhuxi]
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  1. (anatomy, colloquial) behind, backside
blackneb etymology black + neb. pronunciation
  • (Hawick) /ˈblɒːknɛb/
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  1. (derogatory, Hawick dialect, archaic, c. 1800) A closet revolutionary; a person opposed to the British Empire; a proponent of equality, especially involving the redistribution of property. A socialist.
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  1. (vulgar, slang) Totally exhausted, fucked, knackered.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Extremely drunk, paralytic.
  3. (vulgar, slang) Under the heavy influence of mind altering drugs.
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  1. (pejorative, slang) A child with special needs; by extension, a person of low intelligence or having the appearance of a person with special needs.
  2. (pejorative) Someone who is deemed to be a failure by their peers.
  3. (pejorative) Used in similar manner to the Scots word glaikit.
erse Alternative forms: ers
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  1. (slang, coarse) arse
fishwife etymology fish + wife
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  1. fishwife
  2. (derogatory) woman of coarse behaviour, temperament and vocabulary
fud etymology Akin to Old Norse fuð and German Fotze.
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  1. (vulgar) Cunt (vagina).
  2. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) Idiot. "Howey wi ye coupla fuds!"
  3. The tail of a hare or rabbit.
verb: {{head}}
  1. to act like an idiot.
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  1. (rare, pejorative) A fool or odd mannered person.
related terms:
  • glaikit
glaikit pronunciation
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  1. (pejorative) Alternative of glaik.
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  1. (pejorative) silly, foolish Whattan ane glaikit fool am I / To slay myself with melancholy. (Alexander Scott, ‘To Love Unluvit’)
noun: {{head}}
  1. (pejorative) plural of glaikit
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  1. (slang) janitor
    • 2004, Sheena Blackhall, The Wizard o the North, ‘Letter fae a distressed heidie’: Aa throw Science he played his trannie, / Gied a Glesga kiss tae the jannie, / Pit the gerbil up May Webster's kilt, / Kennin fine she's allegric tilt.
    • 2013, Donal McLaughlin, translating Pedro Lenz, Naw Much of a Talker, Freight Books 2013, p. 32: If the rain disnae stop soon, ah'll be stayin in here till wan ae the librarians or – fur aw ah care – the jannie {{transterm}} chucks me oot.
jobbie Alternative forms: jobby
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  1. (vulgar) a piece of shit
  2. generic object, thing
related terms:
  • kiche
  • tollie
  • tolie
kich Alternative forms: keach, keech, keegh, kiche
noun: {{sco-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) shit, excrement
  2. (vulgar) filth, dirt
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  1. (vulgar, slang) Rubbish, crap, not very good.
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  1. Shit! An expression of disgust or anger.
kichie Alternative forms: keechie
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  1. (vulgar) Shitty, filthy.
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  1. (slang, pejorative) ned
numptie Alternative forms: numpty etymology From numbskull.
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  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of numpty
numpty Alternative forms: numptie
noun: {{sco-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An idiot or fool.
pish pronunciation
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etymology From late Middle English.
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  1. (vulgar) Urine, piss.
  2. (vulgar) Crust on a scabbing wound.
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  1. To urinate, to piss.
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  1. (vulgar) Not very good, in fact quite bad.
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  1. An expression of disdain.
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  1. (pejorative) A violent or aggressive person.
rump etymology From Old Norse rumpr, from gml rump, from Proto-Germanic *rumpō. pronunciation
  • [rʌmp]
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  1. (anatomy) rump
  2. a topside beef cut
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  1. to plunder, clean out of money
  2. (colloquial, jocular) Sexual intercourse.
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  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of sassenach
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  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of sassenach
sassenach Alternative forms: sassanoch, sassenagh, sasennach, sasunnach etymology From Scottish Gaelic sasunnach.
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  1. (pejorative) An English person.
  2. (pejorative) A Lowland Scot.
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  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of sassenach
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  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of sassenach
snoot etymology {{rfe}}
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  1. (anatomy) snout, face, head
  2. (geography) a projecting point of land
  3. peak of a cap
  4. (slang) detective, policeman
teuchter etymology Origin uncertain; probably a fanciful imitation of Gaelic. pronunciation
  • /ˈtjuxtər/
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  1. (pejorative) A Highlander; a Northern Scot in general; especially if Gaelic-speaking.
Term widely used by those in Central Scotland.
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  1. (vulgar) a piece of shit
related terms:
  • keek
  • kiche
  • jobbie
  • shit
  • shite
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. contraction of are not
  2. contraction of am not exampleI urnae feeling well today I'm not feeling well today
Synonyms: (are not) ain’t (slang), (am not) ain’t (slang), amn’t (Scottish and Irish dialect)
wallidrag Alternative forms: wallydrag
noun: {{sco-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, pejorative) A useless person.
    • William Dunbar, The Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo I have ane wallidrag, ane worme, ane auld wobat carle,

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