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The A to Z of Northern slang

If you missed any, here's the full list (minus 'x' which we couldn't find one for)

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.

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A is for 'angin
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A is for 'angin

'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'.

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By: Ian Jones
B is for Brassic
2/25

B is for Brassic

Brassic adjective ˈbra-sik Definition: Having no money. Very poor. Usage: "Come on, borrow us 17p for the vending machine, will you? I'm proper brassic." Synonyms: skint, broke Find out more at 'give over'. Illustrations: Dom OliverMORE FROM THE BLOG

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By: Ian Jones
C is for Clocked
3/25

C is for Clocked

Clocked verb ˈkläkt (see video below to hear)Definition: To see something of interest. Usage: "I've just clocked two dogs shagging in your back yard." Synonyms: spied, seenedClick play to hear how to say this word. Illustrations: Dom OliverMORE FROM THE BLOG

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By: Ian Jones
D is for Dibble
4/25

D is for Dibble

Dibble

noun ˈdi-bəl

Definition:
One or more members of the police force.
Usage: "Peg it mate. Dibble's coming."

Synonyms: rozzers, coppers 

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By: Ian Jones
E is for Eggbound
5/25

E is for Eggbound

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

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By: Ian Jones
F is for Fod
6/25

F is for Fod

Fod noun ˈfäd Definition: The part of the face above the eyes. Origins: Shortening of the word forehead. Synonyms: slaphead, billy-big-bonceClick play to hear how to say this word. Illustrations: Dom Oliver.Visit Give Over for more.MORE FROM THE BLOG

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By: Rob Martin
G is for Gip
7/25

G is for Gip

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

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By: Ian Jones
H is for Hopalong Cassidy
8/25

H is for Hopalong Cassidy

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 

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By: Ian Jones
I is for Innit
9/25

I is for Innit

Innit interjection 'ən-ət Definition: A meaningless noise used to add emphasis to the end of a statement or question. Origins: Shortening of the term isn't it, although it is rarely used in this context. Synonyms: y'knar worra mean, eh eh 

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By: Ian Jones
J is for Jammy
10/25

J is for Jammy

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

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By: Ian Jones
K is for Kip
11/25

K is for Kip

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

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By: Ian Jones
L is for Lady Muck, Lord Muck
12/25

L is for Lady Muck, Lord Muck

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

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By: Ian Jones
M is for Muggins
13/25

M is for Muggins

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 

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By: Ian Jones
N is for nobhead
14/25

N is for nobhead

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 

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By: Ian Jones
O is for Our Kid
15/25

O is for Our Kid

Our Kid noun ˈär kid Definition: The brother or sister of the speaker. Origins: Came from the need to denote ownership of a sibling, implying that they can order them to do things they would not do for others. Synonyms: me bredren 

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By: Ian Jones
P is for Pleb
16/25

P is for Pleb

Pleb noun ˈplɛb Definition: A boy going through puberty who has yet to grow pubic hair. Origins: A conflation of the words 'pubes' and 'less'. Used exclusively by teenage boys to insult their peers. Synonyms: pyebless 

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By: Ian Jones
Q is for Quebbin'
17/25

Q is for Quebbin'

Quebbin' verb ˈkwi-ˈbin Definition: A state or feeling of extreme fear. Origins: Mostly limited to St Helens, it comes from the noise made by a quivering sphincter during times of grave danger. Synonyms: cacking it, fritnin 

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By: Ian Jones
R is for Rank
18/25

R is for Rank

Rank adjective ˈraŋk Definition: Something deeply unpleasant to see, smell, taste, consider, etc. Origins: Something of a very low status. Related to the Swedish word 'rank' which means thin and weak. Synonyms: grotty, honks 

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By: Ian Jones
S is for Scran
19/25

S is for Scran

Scran noun ˈskræn Definition: A considerable amount of items to eat. Origins: From the Dutch word 'schranzen' which means to consume excessively. Synonyms: munch 

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By: Ian Jones
T is for Tight
20/25

T is for Tight

​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 

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By: Ian Jones
U is for Undies
21/25

U is for Undies

Undies noun ˈən-dēz Definition: Clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes. Origins: A shortening of the word 'underwear'. Synonyms: gruds, underkecks 

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By: Ian Jones
V is for Vicar's Collar
22/25

V is for Vicar's Collar

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 

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By: Ian Jones
W is for Wrong Un
23/25

W is for Wrong Un

Wrong Un noun ˈrȯŋ ən Definition: An unsavoury person who should be avoided. Origins: Tonal emphasis on 'wrong' implies a deviant nature. 'Un' is a shortening of 'one'. Synonyms: creep, Herbert 

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By: Ian Jones
Y is for Yay Big
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Y is for Yay Big

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 

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By: Ian Jones
Z is for Zonked
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Z is for Zonked

Zonked adjective ˈzɒŋkt Definition: Exhaustion from overuse of drugs or alcohol. Origins: An adaptation of the word 'zone' to suggest one's mental state is in a different time zone. Synonyms: cabbaged, zoned out 

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By: Ian Jones

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Janet B
Janet B

Pleb is a shortening of the word plebeian meaning lower classes. Nothing to do with teenage boys.

Janet B
Janet B

Brassic is a corruption of boracic lint a cockney rhyming slang for skint