Yorkshire Sayings, Phrases and Expressions and what they mean

Nah then, ‘ere’s a guide to chattin’ reight Yorkshire! (Hello, here is a guide to proper Yorkshire dialect)

Firstly, ye ‘ave tuh drop yer ‘H’ as in ‘has’ and ‘her’, and yer ‘T’ as in ‘that’ and ‘cat’, replacing the ‘T’ with a slight ‘h’ sound. Ready to practice?…..

“ ‘er ca-h ‘as a fa-h ra-h stashed in’t coil ‘oyle” TRANSLATION “Her cat has a fat rat stuffed in the coal cellar”. Too complicated fur ye? Well ere’s a glossary for ye. Tha’ll be giving Sean Bean a run fur ‘is moneh in nor tarme!

Below is a list of common Yorkshire Words, Sayings, Phrases and Expressions, along with their meanings… Yorkshire is more than just an accent and dialect and there isn’t really such a thing as “Yorkshire Slang”, it’s historical roots go back to the Viking Invasion of Britain and is the basis for quite a lot of of Modern English


  • Aye – meaning yes. “Aye lass, I’ll be down for tea in ten.”
  • ‘appen – meaning perhaps. “I’ll happen that’s true.”
  • Allus – meaning always. “I allus wash behind me ears.”
  • Ah’m – meaning I am. “Ah’m off t’ bog.”
  • Arse/arse end – meaning posterior, back of something, bottom. Originating in old Norse dialect. “She looks like the arse end of a donkey”. 2. Used to describe a person behaving stupidly. “You’re such an arse at times.”
  • A’gate – meaning ‘get on your way’, ‘be off with you’. “Get a’gate or tha’ll be late fur school”


  • Back end – meaning Autumn. “We’re waiting ‘til back end to go away.”
  • Ba’ht – meaning without. “On Ilkey Moor bah’t at” (without a hat).
  • Bagsy – meaning to claim something for yourself. “Bagsy me in the front seat” (of the car).
  • Bairn – meaning child. “The poor bairn needs a nap.”
  • Beck – meaning a stream or brook. “We’re off fur a swim in’t beck.”
  • Beefin’ – meaning crying. “Stop beefin’ you big baby.”
  • Belt – meaning hit. “Shut up or I’ll belt yer!”
  • Be reight – meaning it’ll be okay. “Don’t worry about her, she’ll be reight.”
  • Black bright – meaning very dirty. “He was black bright when he got in from footie.”
  • Bog – meaning toilet. “I’m off t’ bog.”
  • Bray – meaning to hit someone. “I’m gonna bray you!”
  • Brew – a cup of tea. Preferably Yorkshire tea. “Pour us a brew will yer love?”
  • Butty – meaning sandwich. “Ooh I think I’ll have a nice spam and egg butty for me breakfast.”


  • Cack-handed – meaning left handed. “No wonder ‘he can’t use tin opener properly, hes cack-handed.”
  • Champion – meaning excellent. “Thanks for the cakes, they’re champion!”
  • Chelpin’ – meaning talking. “Stop chelpin’ and get some work done.”
  • Chippy/chip ‘ole – meaning fish and chip shop. “You want owt from t’ chippy?”
  • Chuddy – meaning chewing gum. “Gis some chuddy mate.”
  • Chuffed – meaning happy, pleased. “I were well chuffed wi’ me new boots.”
  • Clarty – meaning either dirty, muddy or sticky. “Ooh these cakes are lovely, the cream’s really clarty.”
  • Coil oyle or coal ‘ole – meaning coal cellar. “They’re in t’ coil oyle, Margaret.”
  • Croggy – meaning to give or catch a lift on the crossbar of a bicycle. “I’ll give ya a croggy to the shop if you want.”


  • Dale – meaning valley. “Off camping in the Dales this weekend, can’t wait!”
  • Delve –meaning to dig. “No need to delve into that any further.”
  • Ding –meaning to hit heavily, to knock. “I dinged my car door on the wall getting out earlier. Gutted!”
  • Dollop – a lump of something, usually food. “Can I have a dollop of mash wi me pie please?”
  • Down’t (road) – meaning down the road. “Im off down’t road, will be back in an hour.”


  • ‘ead – meaning head. “Whacked me ‘ead on t’ doorframe, it ‘urt like ‘ell.”
  • ‘eck – meaning hell. “Ooh blooming ‘eck, are you alright?”
  • Eeh by gum – meaning ‘oh my god’. “Eeh by gum, that were a near miss!” – Primarily used by Southerners mistakenly thinking we say it all the time.
  • Eh – meaning what, or pardon, or an expression of confusion. “Eh? I didn’t hear you.”
  • Ey up – meaning ‘watch out’, ‘be careful’, or to be used as a greeting, especially when seeing someone/something you weren’t expected. “Ey up Lad! Not seen you in ages.”


  • Faffin’ – meaning messing about. “Stop faffin’ wi yer ‘air, it looks fine.”
  • Fair t’middlin’ – meaning fair to middle. “How are you today Sandra?” “I’m fair t’middling, thanks for askin.”
  • Fettle – meaning to make, tidy or mend. “I’ll be in the garage, fettling the suspension on the motor.”
  • Flaggin’ – meaning getting tired. “We ought to stop for a cuppa, I’m flaggin.”
  • Flippin’ eck – meaning bloody hell, a term of shock or surprise. “Flippin’eck! Where’d you appear from?”
  • Flit – to move house frequently. From old Norse. “We’re flitting again this summer.”
  • Flummoxed – meaning confused. “Well I’m flummoxed as to where me car keys went, I ‘ad ‘em in me ‘and a second ago.”
  • Friggin’ – a curse, alternative to flaming, bloody, etc. “Friggin’ ell, not again!”


  • Gaffer – meaning boss. “I’ll ask the gaffer if he can gimme the day off.”
  • Gander – meaning look. “Gis a gander at that!”
  • Ginnel – meaning alleyway. “They ran off down the ginnel!”
  • Gip – meaning retch. “That reeks, it’s making me gip!”
  • Giz – meaning give me. “Giz it now!”
  • Goffs – meaning smells horrid. “Urgh, it goffs in ‘ere, has sommat died?”
  • Goosegogs – meaning gooseberries. “Got a load of gogs to mek jam wi’ this year.”
  • Guff – meaning fart. “Who’s guffed? It stinks!”


  • Haver – meaning oats. “Nice havercakes these.”
  • Hell Fire – meaning oh my god. “Hell Fire! When did this happen?”


  • Ice-shoggles – meaning icicles. “Look at the ice-shoggles on tat gutter.”
  • In’t – meaning in the. “They’re in’t cupboard Bob.”
  • In a bit – meaning goodbye, see you later. “I’m off t’work Deirdre.” “All reight, in a bit then Bob.”


  • Jammy – meaning lucky. “I passed my exam with 90% and didn’t even revise. How jammy am I?”
  • Jiggered – meaning tired, exhausted. “Not tonight love, I’m jiggered.”


  • Ketty – meaning nasty or rancid, referring to raw meat, offal or rubbish. From Icelandic or Swedish origin. “We can’t eat this chicken, it’s ketty.”
  • Kittlin – meaning kitten. “Aww look at the little kittlin, in’t he cute?!”
  • Kegs – meaning pants or trousers. “Where’re me kegs? I need em for work.”
  • Kiddin’ – meaning joking. “I’m only kiddin’. She didn’t really.”


  • Laik, laiking, larking – meaning playing. “Are you laikin today or you workin’?”
  • Lass – meaning girl, wife or woman. “Our lass is coming out tonight too.”
  • Liggin’ – Meaning to lie around in a gormless fashion, without purpose, lazy. “Stop liggin’ in bed”
  • Lop – meaning flea. “The dog was covered in lops when we found ‘im.”
  • Lug – meaning to pull or tug. “I had to lug me suitcase all the way home from t’ station.”
  • Lug ‘ole – meaning ear. “lend me your lug’oles, I have some news for yer.”


  • Maftin’ – meaning hot, clammy. “Open a window, it’s maftin’ in ‘ere.”
  • Manky – meaning disgusting. “That sandwich was manky, must have been in there a month!”
  • Mardy – meaning moody. “Stop being such a mardy arse and come out!”
  • Maungy – meaning whiny, sulky. “He’s always maungy when he’s hungry.”
  • Middlin’ – meaning okay, fair, average. “I’m fair t’middlin, thanks.”
  • Mind – meaning be careful. “Mind how you go Beryl, it’s icy out there!”
  • Mingin’ – meaning disgusting. “Have you seen the state of his room? It’s mingin’.”
  • Mithering – meaning annoying or bothering. “Stop mithering me with your whining and go play outside, kids!”
  • Monk on – meaning to be grumpy. “He got dumped last week so he’s got a monk on.”
  • Mi’sen – meaning myself. “I don’t like cricket much mi’sen.”


  • Nang – meaning troublesome and irritating. “Putting that engine back together was a nanglin’ task.”
  • Narky – meaning moody, sullen, sulky. “She’s narked off at sommat.”
  • Nay – meaning no. “Nay lad, it’s too late to go fishin’.”
  • Nar’n – meaning now then. “Nar’n, how’s tha been?”
  • Nah then – meaning hello, dialect version of “Now Then”. “Nah then! What yer bin up t’?”
  • Neb – meaning nose. “Keep your neb out of my business!”
  • Nesh – meaning to feel the cold. “Nesh southerners, can’t hack a Yorkshire winter!”
  • Nithered, Nitherin’ – meaning very cold. “By ‘eck it’s nitherin’ out theer, am ruddy nithered!”
  • Nowt – meaning nothing. “I’ve got nowt to do today. I’m bored.”
  • Now then – meaning hello. “Now then! How about a catch up over a pint?”


  • Oh aye? – meaning oh really, or oh yes? “We’re getting married next year”. “Oh aye? Well congratulations!”
  • ‘ow do – meaning how do you do? “’ow do love? You well?”
  • Owt – meaning anything. Opposite of nowt. “Have you bought owt for tea?”


  • Pack it in – meaning stop it. “Pack it in fighting you two or there’ll be no pocket money for a month.”
  • Paggered – meaning shattered, knackered, exhausted or broken. “No point turning that telly on, it’s paggered.”
  • Parky – meaning cold. “It was a bit parky earlier so I put the fire on.”
  • Playin’ pop – meaning to get angry with someone or tell them off. “When I got ‘ome our Keith were playin’ pop wi’ the neighbours for playin’ their music so loud.”
  • Pop – meaning fizzy drink “Get us a pop from t’ shop.”
  • Pudgy – meaning a fat or chubby person. “She was pudgy as a baby, but she’s a beauty now!”
  • Put wood in t ‘ole – meaning shut the door. “Put wood in t’ ole, you’re lettin’ t’cold in.”


  • Radged – meaning angry. “He were radged about his shed being broken into.”
  • Rank – meaning disgusting. “Urgh, Lancashire ‘ot pot? that’s rank.”
  • Reckon – meaning to think or figure out. “What you reckon to the news, eh?”
  • Reeks – meaning it smells bad. “Hmm it reeks of eggs in ‘ere.”
  • Reight/reet – meaning right or very. “We had a reight good night.”
  • Riding– meaning one of the three former administrative parts of Yorkshire. “The Yorkshire Ridings were disbanded in 1974, which stimulated the initiation of an annual Yorkshire Day (1 August) by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, which continually urges the reinstatement of these Viking-originated divisions. The East Riding has since been restored.”
  • Rig-welted – meaning a sheep that has been stranded by lying on its back. “Go and help Mr. Wooly, he’s rig-welted.”


  • Sam up – meaning to collect together. “Sam up your belongings, the bus is here.”
  • Sarnie – meaning sandwich. “Ham and mayo sarnies for lunch, my favourite.”
  • Scran – meaning food. “I can’t wait to get some scran, I’m starvin’.”
  • Silin’ – meaning raining heavily. “I’m soaked, it’s silin’ it down out there!”
  • Sithee – meaning Goodbye, see you later, contraction of See Thee. “Aye lad, Sithee!
  • Skift – meaning to move. “Skift on out of ‘ere.”
  • Snicket – meaning alleyway. “Let’s take a shortcut through t’ snicket.”
  • Spell/Spelk – meaning splinter. “I’ve got a spell in my hand from the bramble bush.”
  • Sprog – meaning child. “She’s having another sprog!”
  • Spuds – meaning potatoes. “Were having jacket spuds and beans for tea.”
  • Spuggy – meaning sparrow. “I was the spuggy again on the bird table this morning.”
  • Summat – meaning something. “I need summat to do at the weekend.”
  • Sup – meaning to drink. “Sup up, we’re off to the next pub!”


  • Ta – meaning thank you. “Ta very much. Keep the change.”
  • Tarra – meaning goodbye. “Tarra love, see you next Sunday.”
  • Tek – meaning take. “You’re tekking the mick now.”
  • Tha – meaning you. “Where’s tha been lad? We’ve been worried about ya.”
  • Thissen – meaning yourself. “How’d ya feel about it thissen?”
  • T’werk – where Yorkshire people go from 9-5 Monday to Friday. “I’m off t’werk love.” 😉
  • Tyke – meaning Yorkshire person, sometimes used as an insult. “What a tyke he is!”


  • Underdrawin’ – meaning loft. “Put this box in t’ underdrawin’.”
  • Un – meaning one. “He’s a reight un, that un.”


  • Vexed – meaning angry. “My car won’t be fixed for another 3 weeks. Man, I’m vexed.”


  • Wang – meaning to throw. “Wang it over here!”
  • Watter – meaning water. “It’s only watter, don’t cry!”
  • While – meaning until. “I’m working while six tonight.”


  • Yacker – meaning acre, an ancient measurement of land. “The lord has 500 yackers in the dales.”
  • Yam – meaning home. “Im off yam.”
  • Ye – meaning you. “Where ye off to now?”
  • Yonder – meaning over there. “What’s that yonder I see?”

User Submitted Sayings!

Here is a little bonus section of all of the saying that users sent in after we asked on Facebook. If you have one of your own you would like to add then please drop us a line!.

  • Allus – Meaning always. – Ernest Street
  • Bed Side Table, Drawers & Wardrobe – Meaning full to bursting (after eating too much). – Diane Gill
  • Berk – An indult, similart connotations to “idiot”. – Karen Nicholls
  • Black Leg – Meaning someone who wont join in the strike. – Kath
  • Bogeyed – Meaning half asleep – Kath
  • Boits. – Meaning shoes or boots. – M Booth
  • Braunging – Meaning bragging or boasting. – Penny Cooper
  • Brussen – Stubburn – M Booth
  • Buint over, or int puddin club – Meaning pregnant – Kath
  • Button – Meaning nose. – Karl Willshaw
  • By His Sen – Meaning by him self/on his own. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Cake ‘oil – Meaning mouth. – Annie B
  • Casey – Meaning leather football. – Karl Willshaw
  • Clarht-eead. – Silly funny lad/lass. – M Booth
  • Cloise. – Meaning field (in that cloise). – M Booth
  • Cod. – Meaning a foreman/supervisor of an area in the works. – Paul Neale
  • Cog – Meaning to jump on the back of someone else’s bike for a lift – Michael Grey
  • Corser edge – Meaning Kerb – Kath
  • Coyl – Meaning Coal. – Ernest Street
  • Creel – Rack for drying clothes on with wooden slats. – Helen Butler
  • Dee Dah – (someone from Sheffield) nah den dee whats dah dooin? Pack it in or ah’ll lamp dee. Now then you what are you doing? Stop it or I’ll hit you. – Ernest Street
  • Do it thisen – Meaning do it yourself. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Doy Meaning – darling. – Olive
  • Fill thi boits. – Meaning enjoy your self. – M Booth
  • Fish and fernerkers – Meaning Fish and chips. – Lee Robinson
  • Flags – Meaning pavement – Kath
  • Frame yourself – Meaning try harder. – Judi McCafferty
  • Gansy – Meaning jumper – Chris Hole
  • Gi – Meaning give. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Gi o’er – Meaning give over. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Hacky – Meaning dirty or sticky. – Jeanette Howard
  • If in doubt-do nowt! – Meaning if you doubt something then don’t do it. – Julie Gardiner
  • In t coil – Meaning coal i.e. Darn coil oil wher t’muck larts on t’winders – Wendy Harper
  • It sempt/sem’t reight good (Sheffield) – Meaning it seemed really good. – Barbara Wood
  • Lamp – Meaning to strike or hit. – Ernest Street
  • leave ‘er be – Meaning leave her alone. – Caryl Reeday
  • Liggers – Meaning the hair combed over a bald patch – Mary James
  • Lugs – Meaning knots in your hair – Helen Butler
  • Macca – Meaning a big stone. “Wanged a macca” – Karl Willshaw
  • Marra Tivvit – Meaning the other one of a pair … two of a kind. – Margaret Rider
  • Mash – Meaning to brew tea. – Helen Butler
  • Mebee – Meaning may be or might do. – WharfeView burnsall
  • Nithered – Meaning cold. – Margaret Rider
  • Ocker – Meaning Indecisive. – Annie B
  • Od thi dog back. – Meaning wait a minute/slow down. – M Booth
  • oss (Oss thisen) – Meaning make an effort. – Rachael Chadwick
  • Over Yonder – Meaning over there. – M Booth
  • Pauping – Meaning messing about. – WharfeView burnsall
  • Pobs – Meaning peices of bread dipped in milk. – Kath
  • Push Iron – Meaning bicycle. – Michael Leech
  • Put wood int ole – Meaning shit the door. – Joan O’Reilly
  • Rigged – Meaning when a sheep is stuck on its back “t’yows rigged.” – Caryl Reeday
  • Roaring – Meaning crying. – miles cartwright
  • Sen – Meaning Self – Joseph Hellawell
  • Shiverthewink – Meaning a rascal. – Margaret Rider
  • Si – Meaning see. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Si Thi – Meaning see you – Joseph Hellawell
  • Si This – Meaning See this. – Joseph Hellawell
  • Snap – Meaning food, usually a packed lunch. – Karl Willshaw
  • Snap Tin – Meaning a sandwich box. – Karl Willshaw
  • Snek – Meaning door threshold. – Adrian Stuart
  • Spice – Meaning sweets. – Michael Leech
  • Spogs – Meaning Sweets. – Karl Willshaw
  • Spuggies – Meaning Sparrows. – Karl Willshaw
  • Stepmothers blessing. – Meaning hang nail. – Helen Butler
  • Stoddy – Meaning awkward or stubborn. – Mary James
  • Sup – Meaning to drink – Ernest Street
  • Swill – Meaning drink. – Karl Willshaw
  • Tek n’gorm – Meaning ignore him/her/it – Holly Ruston
  • Tha meks a better door than a winder – Meaning I can’t see what’s going on because you are in the way – John Wood
  • Tha mun think on – Meaning watch what you’re doing – Wendy Harper
  • Theerz nowt s’queer as folk – There’s nothing so queer as folk – meaning people do the strangest/most unexpected things – Ernest Street
  • Thoil – Meaning I couldn’t bear to. “I couldn’t thoil paying that much” – Helen Butler
  • Traipsin’ – I’m fed up o’ traipsin’ roun’ shops. – Paul Neale
  • Tuskey – Meaning Rhubarb. – Kath
  • Tutty – An all round word for “a bit of something”. “You need to change the tutty in the engine” “put some tutty on that spot” – Karen Nicholls
  • Twiny – Meaning awkward minded and moany. – Caryl Reeday
  • Twonk – An insult, similar connotations to “idiot”. – Karen Nicholls
  • Waller – Meaning person – Dany Sherlock-park
  • Wanged – Meaning thrown. – Karl Willshaw
  • Wasak – Meaning usless person/idiot. – WharfeView burnsall
  • Wat yer playing at – Meaning what are you doing. – Chris Hole
  • Way’od or Way’up – Meaning wait, hold up or hold on. – Michael Grey
  • Weerz – Meaning where is – Ernest Street
  • Weerzt – Meaning where is the. – Ernest Street
  • Wemmel – To wobble about in a precarious fashion. – Mary James
  • Wi or wee – Meaning with. as in ‘oo wer she wee war she wee im or wa she wee er sen’. – Ernest Street
  • Wick – Meaning lively – Helen Butler
  • Appin – Meaning sheets, blankets & bed clothes. – Dennis Wilson
  • Trod – Meaning garden footpath. – Dennis Wilson
  • Gripe – Meaning Fork – Dennis Wilson
  • Snek Lifter – “do you fancy a quick sneck lifter?” (Pint). – Paul Newton
  • Wist tha Bahn – Meaning where are you going? – Colin Archer
  • Nobbut – Meaning “just, literaly, nothing but” – Colin Archer