GEORDIE DIALECT WORDS C TO E
The Geordie phrases highlighted in bold are translated at the end of the page. Hev a gan yersel’ forst using the dictionary then check your answers to see how you did.
C : Candyman’s clarty claes
Caa’ or Caal: Call.
Cackhoose: Toilet. (See also Netty)
Cadge: Beg. “Can aw cadge a lift off ye?”
Canny Toon: Old phrase describing Newcastle.
Candyman: A kind of down and out bailiff who assisted with home evictions of miners in times past.
Canny: A very versatile word in the North East. Canny old soul – a nice old person. Canny good / Canny hard – very good or very tough. Canny job – a good job. Gan canny – go carefully. Thought to be a variation on the Scots word ken meaning to know.
Caal / Carl: Call.
Card or Caad: Cold. Ice Hockey is a card game.
Carr: Marshy or waterlogged area, a word of Viking origin. Also means a rocky area but in this sense the word is of Welsh-Celtic origin.
Causey: A causeway.
Champion: Great, excellent, good, super, very good, fabulous etc.
Chare: A narrow alley or street in Newcastle and other North East towns. It seems to derive from a right angle shaped bend or descent as in the shape of a chair. A word of Anglo-Saxon origin.
Charver / Charva: A rough person or ne’er do well. It’s a Romany gypsy word meaning ‘lad’ but the North East version ‘Charver’ though closer to the original has lost out in the region, just a little bit, in popularity to the national preference for the word ‘Chav’.
Cheor: Greeting as in “Wot Cheor” – “How are you today?” (See also fettle)
Chep: A man (chap).
Chuddy / Chutty: Chewing gum.
Claes: Clothes. It’s Anglo-Saxon.
Clag / Claggy: To stick / sticky.
Claggum: Treacle toffee.
Clarts: Dirt or mud.
Clarty: Dirty (dorty).
Class: Very good, see also “mint“.
Clatter: Loud noise.
Cleugh: A small ravine.
Clippy Mat: Rug made up from bits of spare material.
Cloot: A cloth e.g. a dish cloot, or to clout.
Clooty / Clootie: Cloth.
Clootie Ball: A ball made of rags for children to play with.
Coble: A small fishing boat.
Coo: A cow. “Hoo noo broon coo.”
Corbie or Corbie Craa: A raven, although ravens are absent from our region.
Cowp, Coup: To tip or overturn.
Cowp yer creels: Somersault.
Crack: To talk from Dutch kraaken.
Cracket: A wooden stool.
Crag: Rocky outcrop.
Cree: A shed, usually a pigeon cree.
Creel: Wicker basket.
Croggy: To give a passenger a ride on the crossbar or back of a bicycle. South Durham and Teesside.
Cuddy: A small horse or an affectionate name for St Cuthbert.
Cuddy’s Duck: Eider duck.
Cuddy’s legs: Herrings.
Cuddy Wifter: Left-handed.
Curl: A black carboniferous mineral exclusively mined in the Ashington area of Northumberland. Coal.
Cush: Excellent, very good
Cushat: A pigeon.
D : Da’s duds divvent dee
Da: Dad – father.
Dafty: Silly fool.
Daresn’t: Dare Not.
Dee: Do. See also Div.
Dee: Die. “Divent dee but if ye dee dee, leave us summick in yer will if ye will”.
Dee’in: Doing. See also Div.
Deek: Take a look at.
Deil: The devil.
Deer knaa: Do you know?.
Dene: Small valley, often wooded, for example Jesmond Dene in Newcastle. Denes are especially numerous on the Durham coast.
Div: Do. See also Dee. “D’ye tyek this bonny lass to be your laaful Missus?”…”Aye aw div”
Divvent Divvin: Do not – i.e “Divvent dee that”. Newcastle and Tyneside. Variations include dean’t or dinnit in South Shields and Sunderland.
Dodd: A fox. A fox may also be called a tod.
Dodd: A dodd is also a round bare hill.
Doddery, Dothery, Doddery: Shaky. The place-name Daddry Shield means ‘shaky shelter’.
Dog: A ‘Bottle of Dog’ is Newcastle Brown Ale.
Doggie: A nickname for the village of West Cornforth in County Durham and also for North Ormesby near Middlesbrough.
Dorham: Durham the Tyneside pronunciation of Durham. “In Dorham” can mean ‘in prison’, in other words Durham Jail. The actual Durham pronunciation is different. Incidentally, it’s where the Pink Panther allegedly resides. “Durham, Durham, Durham, Durham Durham, Durham, Durhammm”
Dook: To bathe.
Dorsn’t: Dare not.
Doylem: An idiot.
Droon: Drown. Drooned and Droonded both mean drowned.
Droothy: Thirsty (thorsty).
Duds: Clothes (also claes).
Dugs: Breast nipples.
Dun: Yellowish-greyish brown – Dun Cow.
Dunsh or Dunch: Thump, bump or collide. ‘Divvent dunsh us’: A Geordie car sticker warning to keep your distance.
Dyke: A ditch (Anglo-Saxon).
E : Eee, me ee horts
Eee: An exclamation of surprise or disdain. ‘Eee, aw knaa’, ‘Eee, he nivvor!’
‘Em: Them. For example ‘aboot ’em’ means about them. Strangely the word ‘them’ is sometimes used at the start of a sentence instead of the word ‘those’, for example ‘Them players were sackless ti’day’
Esh: Ash tree or fire ash.
PHRASE TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS – WE HOPE
C – Candyman’s clarty claes:
A bailiff’s down and out helper, a bum-bailiff who evicted people from their homes in strikes (in times past). This particular Candyman seems to have had dirty clothes. Not unusual. Nothing sweet aboot ’em.
D – Da’s duds divvent dee:
Father’s clothes are not acceptable.Change into summick mair suitable fatha.
E – Eee me eee horts:
Oh! my eye is hurting. Eee ye soonds bad.