We've put all of our Northern slang terms in one place for you so that you can brush up on your vocab. If you need help pronouncing any, the 'read more' button will take you to a video so you can hear how to say the word and how it is used in context.
'Angin adjective ˈaŋ-gin Definition: 1. A sick feeling that comes after consuming too much alcohol or food at an earlier time. 2. Something so unpleasant to see, smell or taste that you feel slightly sick. Usage: "I can't eat this. I've had six Vimto milkshakes and I feel 'angin." Synonyms: rough, minging, grossFind out more at 'give over'.
Eggbound adjective ˈāg-bau̇ndDefinition: To be constipated, usually from eating too many eggs. Usage: "Mum. Mum. I'm on the bog and I'm proper eggbound." Synonyms: bunged-upClick play to hear how to say this word. Illustrations: Dom Oliver.Visit Give Over for more.MORE FROM THE BLOG
Gip verb ˈgip Definition: To be disgusted to the extent that results in a small unintentional vomit. Origins: Onomatopoeic. The sound made as bile rises into the mouth. Synonyms: vomClick play to hear how to say this word. Illustrations: Dom Oliver.Visit Give Over for more.MORE FROM THE BLOG
Hopalong Cassidy proper noun ˈhäp-ə-ˈlȯŋ ka-sid--dē Definition: The name given by an adult when referring to a child who has an impediment to walking. Commonly used about sprained ankles or stubbed toes. Origins: Refers to the fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford. Contrary to popular belief, the original Hopalong Cassidy did not have any problems walking. Synonyms: limpy-joe
Jammy adjective ˈja-mē Definition: Having good luck, albeit undeserved. Origins: From the popular biscuits Jammie Dodgers, which were named after the Beano character Roger The Dodger (a child famed for his ability to avoid chores and homework). Workers at the first Jammie Dodger factory in the mid 20th century were called 'jammy' due to their good fortune at working closely with delicious jam. Synonyms: flukey
Kip noun ˈkip Definition: A deep state of rest during which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious. Origins: Factory workers in the 19th and early 20th century would return home after a days shift to eat a large plate of kippers which would send them to sleep with a full belly. Also relates to the Danish word for a boarding house, 'kippe'. Synonyms: bobos, zone out
Lady Muck, Lord Muck proper noun ˈlā-dē mək ˈlȯrd mək Definition: A haughty person with ideas above their station. Origins: The early 20th century socialite, Lady Norah Docker lived what was considered scandalous life for the era. 'Lady Docker' became a common term to describe someone who considered themselves high class despite evidence to the contrary. Over time the word 'docker' developed into the more derogatory word 'muck', and the term was used for both men and women. Synonyms: peas above sticks, Mr/Mrs Fancypants
Muggins noun ˈməg-gənz Definition: Someone who is lumbered with thankless tasks, usually used about oneself and followed with the word 'here'. Origins: Adapting the term for street robbery, 'mugging', to refer to someone so malleable it is easy to take their time and possessions. Synonyms: joey, gimp
Nobhead noun ˈnäb-ed Definition: An irritating person who is oblivious to how they are perceived. Origins: Someone so abrasive and unaware of their surroundings, a penis could be drawn on their forehead without them realising or being told about it. Synonyms: wazzock, dipshit
Tight adjective ˈtīt Definition: Not wanting to share possessions or lend money. Origins: An adaptation of the Biblical term 'tight-fisted' (Deuteronomy 15:7-8). Usually followed by the word 'arse' to imply someone so miserly they won't even release a fart. Synonyms: snidey, sly
Vicar's Collar noun ˈvi-kərs kä-lər Definition: The thin band of tobacco at the end of a cigarette before it reaches the end. This part is undesirable due to its proximity to the plastic filter tip. Origins: The white band of the cigarette paper resembles the detachable collar worn by members of the clergy. Synonyms: scrag end, shady dockers
Yay Big adjective ˈyā bɪɡ Definition: The size of an object, used in conjunction with hand gestures to demonstrate the appropriate width. Origins: 'Yay' comes from the Middle English word 'yea', which means 'truly'. Over time it has come to mean 'this', referring to the space between one's hands. Synonyms: bout yon big