Lincolnshire Dialect


Lincolnshire, like most other counties, has lost a great deal of its dialect over time, but some does still exist in everyday use today.  Lincolnshire dialect is derived mainly from the Anglo-Saxon language, with a strong tilt towards the Saxon part, mainly due to the agricultural background of the county.  To revive the memories of some, stir up new interests in others, or just help visitors who may not have a clue what some words mean, inbarton has researched some of the old dialect from around the county to list on this page.  Lincolnshire dialect was specific to certain areas in Lincolnshire, mainly north of Brigg, mid-Lincolnshire (Lincoln, Grantham, Horncastle), south Lincolnshire (Boston, Spalding) and around the Isle of Axholme.  The following may have been used in one or more of the four main areas but they are all Lincolnshire dialect words. 

Word Meaning
A  
Addent Are not
Addlins Earnings
Afe Half
A'fread Afraid
After-a-bit Shortly
Afoor Before
Agean Against/again
Aaint Have not
Allus(t) Always
An-all Also, as well
Anker To long for
Arrad Tired/Worn out
Arnt Are not
Askey Side ways/not straight
B  
Backard(s) Backward
Bairns Children
Batten Bundle of straw
Battle-twig Earwig
Behint Behind
Belting Beating
Bezum A broom made of ling
Betimes In time
Bezzle To drink fast
Blab To divulge
Blaring Noisy
Bleb Blister
Blob Splash
Blubber To cry
Bobbo Horse
Bod Bird
Boke To be sick
Bont Burnt
Brag Boast
Brat Child, sometimes naughty
Broggle Poke
Bust Broken
C  
Caant Cannot
Caps-all Exceeds all
Cassons Cow dung dried for fuel
Causey Pavement
Chelp Answering back your elders
Chimbley Chimney
Chitter Foolish talk
Chok-full Quite full
Chopping Changing
Chunter Mutter
Clagged Dirty/mucky
Clammy Sticky
Clod-hopper An agricultural labourer
Clomping Noisy heavy boots
Cocksure Certain/positive
Cock-eyed Squint/not level
Coddle To take too much care of
Codger Old man
Cow-cumber Cucumber
Crogger A ride on the crossbar of a bike
Cutten To cut
D  
Dab-hand Expert
Darnt Dare not
Dawdle Idle/loiter
Dead-agean Strongly against
D' Ye Do you?
Diddle Cheat
Dither To shake with cold/go slow
Doant Don't
Doggerybaw Nonsense
Dossent Dare not
Dowking Wilting vegetables
E  
Ead Head
Edicated Educated
Egg-on To urge on
Elst Or else
F  
Fagged-out Very tired
Farweltered Overthrown (sheep)
Fizzog The face
Flit To change abode
Fling Throw
Flummuxed Puzzled
Foast Forced
Forrard Foreward
Fortnet Fortnight
Fost First
Frim Folk People not from Lincolnshire
Frit Frightened
G  
Gab Idle talk
Gallivanting Flirting
Gawp To stare
Gen Given
Gev Given
Gie-ower Stop (give-over messing about)
Gingham Umbrella
Git To get
Gleg To look at another slyly
Goan Gone
Gob Mouth
Gotten Got
Gress Grass
Gruft Dirt on the skin
Grufty teg Someone of uncouth habit
Gumption Understanding
Guzzle To drink fast/greadily
H  
Hackering Stammering
Handkercher Handkerchief
Hardlins Hardly
Hargle To argue
Harr Sea mist
Hath-Tha? Are they?
Hessent Has not
Hevent Have not
Hobby-herse Dragon fly
Holler Shout
Hoppen To open
I  
Ings Open meadows
Innards The intestines
Issen Himself
Issent Is not
J  
Jabber Senseless talk
Jaum The side post of a door
Jiffling To fidget
Jiggard Suprised
K  
Kedge To fill
Kelch To fall violently
Kelshing Pouring with rain
Kelter Rubbish
Kindling Firewood
L  
Lag To loiter
Laking-about Wasting time
Lanky Tall, slender
Lass Girl
Lettan Let
Lig (ligging) Lie down
Littlens Small ones
Lolloping Lazy, leaning on things
Lowze Loose
Lug Ear/to drag or carry
M  
Maaks Makes
Maaynt Must not
Maaister Master
Mantling Moving around without purpose
Maungey sickly or unkempt
Mawks Maggots
Mawping Walking idly
Midge Gnat
Mizzling Slow rain
Mosker To decay
Mug The face
Mussen'e Must he not?
Mysen Myself
N  
Na No/Not
Naayther Neither
Natty Tidy
'Naul And all
Near agin Close to
Newis-paaper Newspaper
Nick-o-time Just in time
Nipper A young child
Nivver Never
Nooan No one
Nobbut Nothing but
Nookings The bottom corners of a bag
Nowt Nothing
Nunty Neat
O  
Oddments Remnants
Offen(s) Often
Oppen Open
Outlicked Outdone
Owd Old
Ower Over
Owt Out
P  
Pag Carry on the back
Peffle A half-hearted but insistent cough
Pelt Throw
Petty Privy (outside toilet)
Pips Apple/Pear (etc.) seeds
Plaate Plate
Poss Purse
Prickly Back Hotchin Hedgehog
Q  
Queer Unwell
Quick-sticks Immediately/hurry up
Quirky Good-humoured
R  
Raain Rain
Raayther Rather
Rag To tease
Ramper The highway/public road
Ran-tan Loud noise
Rigmarole An idle story
Rit Wrote
Rum Strange/amusing/mischievous
Rumple To crease
S  
Saunter Walk slowly
Scithers Scissors
Scanny Mean
Scran Food
Scrat Scratch
Scrimmage Fight
Seck Sack/Bag
Sen Self
Sez Says
Shaant Shall not
Siling Pouring with rain
Sitha See you
Slaape (Slape) Slippery
Slew Swerve
Slither Slide
Sliver Slice
Sludge Wet mud
Smithereens Fragments
Smouch Kiss
Snek (Sneck) The latch of a door
Snicket A narrow alleyway
Snitch Nose
Sparrow-grass Asparagus
Spice Sweets (particularly candy)
Spock Spoke
Summats Something
Swath Rind of bacon
Swilled Washed
T  
Tag-rag-and-bob-tail Anything of inferior class
Taain Taken
Tan To beat/strike
Taates Potatoes
Team To rain heavily
Teck To take
Tecken Taken/delivered
Tell'd Told
Thersens Themselves
Thowt Thought
Thruff Through
Tiddy Small
Titivate To clean/dress up
Tooken Taken
Traapesing To walk in a slovenly manner
Trollops Dirty woman
Twig To understand
U  
Undid Undone
Unsneck Unfasten
Up-on-end Sitting up in bed
V  
Varmint Vermin
W  
Wacken Sharp/quick
Waffy Silly
Watter Water
Waxey Annoyed
Weant Will not
Weeuns Small children
Wesh Wash
Whitter Complain
Wizened Withered
Wodds Words
Woggum Worm
Wos Worse
X  
Y  
Ye You
Yeller-Belly A true Lincolnshire person
Z  
   
Numbers  
Yan One
Tan Two
Tethera Three
Fethera Four
Pethera Five
Lethera Six
Sethera Seven
Hovera Eight
Coverer Nine
Dik Ten
Yanadik Eleven
Tanadik Twelve
Tetheradik Thirteen
Fetheradik Fourteen
Bumfits Fifteen

This is only a small sample of Lincolnshire dialect available.  Most of the above are relevant to the Barton area but if you know of any more I will gladly list them (providing they are not rude). If  you would like to share them email info@inbarton.co.uk and they may appear on this page.

There are numerous books available if you wish to pursue the subject further.  They include :-

Fungus: The Lincolnshire Cat by Fred Dobson
Lincolnshire Dialects
by G. Edward Campion
Lincolnshire Folk by Fred Dobson
Nobbut a Yellerbelly! by Alan Stennett
Wodds and Doggerybaw: A Lincolnshire Dictionary and Companion by J.M Sims-Kimbrey
 

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