Durham & Tyneside Dialect Group / Word Lists / Sunderland C19/1


A list compiled from John Green's Tales and Ballads of Wearside, 1897 edition, originally published in 1871. However, the content refers back to the heyday of keelmen, the opening decades of the 19th century - "more than half a century ago" p.71.

abacker - behind: "a wreck abacker the pier" p.40
awd - old
athwartawse - "fell athwartawse of a west-country skipper" p.24
aw'se - I am: "Eff he thinks aw'se a fule, he's a lang way wrang" p.15
ax -ask: "ye may ax that!" p.41

bairns - children
biv - by: "biv another..." p.16
bonny: "a bonny lang time" p.104
box - 'friendly society': "iv our box" p.31
#brench - "eff aw cannot get out o' this mess, aw'll loss mee brench altigither" p.36
brocken - broken: "wadn't ha' brocken a hegg-shell" p.36

casting - shovelling: "casting the coals from the keels into the ships"
ceuk'd - cooked p.40
cheeney - china
click - snatch: "clicks up a styen" p.102
cobbel - tender to a foy boat p.24
crowdie - "like Esau... ti sell my buthreet for a crowdie" p.25
curnberries - currants: "grosers, rubarb, cherries, pears, curnberries [currants]..." p.101

dee - do
deed - dead: "uncle Dick's deed at last" p.68
desk-bed - [sort of dresser?]: "the top o' the desk-bed, where the wife kept all her bit fancy things" p.39
deun - done
dinnut - do not: "ye dinnut say see!" p.21
disn't - does not: "that disn't mack nae matter" p.105
divn't - do not: "divn't gan on iv that way" p.34

et - try, intend [ettle?]: "aw'll et ti dee the best aw can" p.76

flae craw - scarecrow
fond - stupid: "ye fond fuil" p.60
fortnith - fortnight
foy - fee for piloting a boat into harbour: "what's the foy to be?" p.24
fust - first

gan - go
gan on - get on (with s.thing): "we'll gan on thereckly" p.83
gawn - going: "what are ye gawn ti dee wi' that?" p.21
Geodie - George
getten (p.p.) - got
gie - give: "gie's a drop mair soup" p.32
gowlden - golden
grit - great: "a grit big bird" p.38
grosers - gooseberries: "grosers, rubarb, cherries, pears, curnberries [currants]..." p.101

had away - [hurry up]: "had away, Bill, bring us me glass [telescope]" p.48
hailing - to haul a string of keels with ropes p.12
hev - have: "aw hev'd" (I have it) p.40
hinney - friend: "Mister Dawson, hinney" p.91 (ingratiatingly)
hingin - hangin: "hingin' o' top o't winnin' post" p.28
hoppens - opens: "as seun as it hoppens its eyes" [.91

is thee - are you p.91

jogged - [pumped] "when we jogged her [the ship] out this moanin' we didn't get two buckets out on her" p.48
jokery-pawkery - jiggery-pokery, idiocy: "it's nowt but jokery-pawkery" p.69

keel - boat transferring coal locally: "went in the keels" (took employment in...) p.34

lang - long: "as lang as iver he lived" p.16
law - low: "Law Lambton Staith" p.34
lee - a lie: "without a word ov a lee" p.64
let - have to? be allowed? "Eff as cannot get in, aw let ti come back" p.46 (compare 'et', above)
lift - swell: "there's a nasty bit ov a lift on [the sea]" p.64
lonnon - road: "gallop away down the lonnon" p.80
lowey - [butterfly]: "like a lowey" p.68 (implying speed, keenness)

mak - make
mevies - maybe, perhaps
mine - mind: "aw've meyd up mee mine" p.90
myed - made

neyn - none: "neyn o' that, now!" p.39
niver - never
nee - no: "nee mair" p.32
nowt - nothing
nowther - neither
nut - not: "nut mee" p.22

offputher - offputter: "the offputher at Law Lam'ton" p.90
onney - at all: "can ye caulk onney?" p.66
onny - any

plote - pluck: "ti plote it like a guse" p.62
puoying - punting: "Bobby Gowlan' comes puoying his keel up" p.14

reet - right: "iv his reet mind" p.69

scrammel - scramble: "nip intiv the sail locker there, scrammel ower the spare sails..." p.46
scumfish'd - suffocated: "eff aw carry him [a horse] i' the hold, an' we hev for ti batten all down, he'll mevies get scumfish'd" p.72
set - [fix, sew]: "aw wish thou wad set some buttons o' my trousers" p.26
seun - soon
siven - seven
sis-thee - look-you: "Why, sis-thee, Phoebe, lass" p.90
spangue - [toss overboard?]: "else aw'll spanghue ye" p.46
staithes - jetties for transferring coal into keels to take it downriver to ships p.13
Sunderlent - Sunderland p.64
Sunder - Sunday
sure - "aw's sure aw divn't knaw" p.40
swads - shells: "beans...swads an' all" p.60

tak - take
tatie - potato: "proper pig's weshins' - tatie peelin's an' greasy watter" p.80
tell'd - told
temoan - tomorrow
thereckly - directly
thowl - [listless wretch]: "parishin' like a thowl" p.77
thowt - thought: "aw thowt see"
tother - the other
tuen - taken
turmot - turnip: "three turmots iv a five yacker field" p.15

vally - value: "the fair vally on't" p.40
vary - very: "here's yer varry good hilth" p.20

wad - would
wag o' the wall - pendulum clock p.51
wark - work: "aw'll just gan ti wark" p.26
watter - [tide]: "when the watter leaves ye" p.36
wee - who: "Wees getting my turn?" p.15
what for nut - why not p.90
where for - why: "where for, then?" p.42
wi'd - with it: "what'll we dee wi'd?" p.40
winnot - will not: "he winot let us gan alangside" p.63

yacker - acre: "three turmots iv a five yacker field" p.15
ye - you (sg.)

" p.63

yacker - acre: "three turmots iv a five yacker field" p.15
ye - you (sg.)