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J.P.ROBSON SONGS OF THE TYNE ca. 1849

This is a summary of entries from his glossary; variants reflecting vowel variation from 'standard' have been usually omitted here. Though a useful list: on reflection, some of the definitions supplied seem casual. Supplemented by words fed in from pamphlet 'The New Beer Bill' by J.P.Robson (marked +)

a' - all
+ abuen - above
aflaid - afraid
afore - before
aglee - awry
ahint - behind
Aw - I
awd - old
ax - ask

bairn - a child
bang - to strike, excel
bauk - a beam of wood
+ biv - that
blair - to cry out
blashey - wet, puddly
blate - bashful
blither - bladder [sic], talk
bonny - handsome
booled - rushed
bowdy-kite - deformed [sic]
brads - coins, money
brass - money
breeks - breeches
brig - bridge
brunt - burnt
brust - burst
bubbly - dirty-nosed [i.e. snotty]
bullies - applied to keelmen

ca' - to call [sic]
cadger - a beggar
calfyaird - home
caller - fresh
canny - gentle
cassin' - cast
chaffs - jaws
chep - a fellow
chile' - a young person
chow - to chew
claes - clothes
clag - to stick
claggum - boiled treacle
clairts - street mud
clavers - idle talk
cotterels - money coins
cowp - to overturn
crack - conversation
cranky - tottering, unsteady
crile - a poor, deformed person
cruik yor haugh - sit down
crouse - cheerful
cuddy - a donkey
cutty - short

dad - a lump
de - to do, or die
+ deevils - devils
div - do
divent - do not
+ divent ken - don't know
dowpy - the youngest child
dowie - careworn
drucken - drunken
duds - ragged clothes
+ duen - done
druvy - muddy
+ durst - dared dwamy - sickly, faint

een - the eyes

fand - found
fash - trouble
flaid - afraid
flucker - a flounder
forbye - besides
fond - silly, soft
fornenst - opposite
fra' - from

gaet - gait, manner
gan - to go
gar - to compell
gawk - a clown
gear - riches, trappings
gedged - gaped
Geordies - rustics
gie - give
gleedeyed
gleedescowpy - kaleidoscope
glinted - peeped
gob - the mouth: + 'haud yor gobs!'
gobby - saucy
goneral - a foolish man
gowk - a contemptible fellow
gree - to agree
greet - to shed tears
grozer - a gooseberry
+ guise - die of thirst: 'as was fit to guise'
gully - a big knife
guv - gave

hae - to have
haem - home
+ haud - hold
haudaway - get along
hinny - honey, dearest
hirple - to limp
hoggers - flannel drawers
howk - to dig
how'ay - come along
huildoo - pastry made for children at Christmas
hunkers - the hams
hykin' - heaving as on the sea; ?+ shouting

iceshoggle - an icicle
ivery - every

jenick - honest
+ jobs - [issues, scandals]: 'If aw was King, there is ne doot, Awd put sic jobs te reets, man'

ka! - give over!
kaingry [sic] - peevish
keek - to peep
keeker - an overlooker
kelter - money
ken - to know
kenspeckle [sic] - noted
ket, as 'ket meat' - poorly fed
kittle - to tickle

lainger - to walk lazily
lap - did leap
leesh - active, supple
lowp - to leap lowe - a flame
lowse - to loose
lucka! - look here
lug - the ear

maelin' - a dirty wench
mack - to make
'mang - a mong
marrows - an equal, conrade
mawks - maggots
mayty - a companin
messet - an ill-bred dog
mevies - perhaps
middin' - a dunghill
mun, man - must

+ ne - no: 'ne doot'
neeve - the fist
nenst - beside
+ neyn - none
nobbet - only
nowt, owse - nothing

oney - only
ower - over
owse - anything

paddock - a frog
painch - the stomach
panged - stuffed
pawkey - particular
peedee- the keelboy
+ pollis - a policeman
plodhed - waded
pock-fretten - pock-marked

+ rammel'd - ?strolled
ratten - a rat
rax - to stretch
reek - to smoke
rig, 'go the rig' - go straight ahead
ripe - to rifle the pockets
rive - to tear
rolley - a small carriage for taking corves to the pit shaft
roup - a hoarseness

sark - a shirt
scon - to strike
scrudged - squeezed
shool - a shovel
shouther - the shoulder
shuggyshew - a swing
+ sic - such
siller - silver
skelp - to strike smartly
skilly - oatmeal and water
skeyt - a kite, scate [sic]
slaver - saiva
sloggers - trousers
snod - a careful, close person
sobble - to thresh completely
soom - to swim
speel - to climb
spice singing hinnies - fruit cakes
steeth - a coal drop for keels or ships
stoure - dust, confusion
stobs - posts
stravagin' - wandering
summet - something

taek# - to take
taen - taken
tee - too
teemin' - pouring: 'the sweet was teemin' ower my eyes'
thaw - thine
thon - yonder
+ thor - their
threep - to assert positively
thrimimel [sic] - to take by degrees
thropple - the windpipe
tiv - to
+ tuek - took
tuen - taken
turmit - turnip
tuithwark - the toothache
twee - two
tyke - a dog

wairsh - tasteless
ware - to spend
war' - to beware
wark - work
wauf - sickly
whang - a sharp blow
whe - who
whese - whose
whiteys - white people
winnet - will not
+ wiv - with
wizzend - dry skin'd
wor - our

yammer - to complain
yell - ale
+ yell-house - ale-house
yellow-yowley - a yellow [hammer]
+ yen - one
yence - once
yerk - to thresh
Yule - Christmas
yuly - tender
yowl - to howl