Norfolk Dictionary and Dialect

A light hearted look at some of the dialect and words (in table below) used in and around Coltishall,Norwich, Norfolk and  East Anglia.

Most of the dialect is unused now, but this may help you understand a few local sayings during your visit to East Anglia
The Manner of  Speaking, this weeks examples

15. Norfolk has a peculiar use of "funny," "suffen" and "wholly" as emphatics. For instance, people say that something is "funny good" or "wholly nice" etc.

See some more words and meanings in table below

Word or saying Meaning
Nasty Pertikalar or Finnicking Too particular, fussy and affected
"Teeter-cum-tauter" or "on the Teeter" A see-saw, Tilted
Bootiful Nice or  Norfolk Farmers  way of describing profit on selling Turkeys
Troshen Threshing
The Yelk Yolk of an egg
Gotch Big brown earthenware jug, usually used for beer
Romented To make up a tale, spread a rumour etc
Furriner A visitor,  person(s) not dwelling in Norfolk
Clung Wilted or withered
Highlows Boots
Wetshed Wet Shod, obviously didn't own any boots
Loke A Lane (Going down the Loke)
Jumpin Jacks Frogs
Dodmans Snails
Bishy barny bees Ladybirds
Pish mares Ants
Dwile Floorcloth
Dwile Flunkin Local game , the result of which is to recieve a wet dwile in the the face
Sluss Water , dwile up the sluss, mop up the water
Hain A rise eg "They have hained our wages"
Haller To Shout
Hull To Throw
Hinder Something moving or coming along or The one behind
Haking A person always working or on the move
Ding of the Lug A slap around the ear
Dickey Donkey
Dickey Dealer A trader with a donkey and cart
Acculuster Axle
Muckwash and Malted Expression for hot and bothered "Bor I fare all of a muckwash" or I be fare malted"
Puckaterry In purgatory
Deke Dyke
Thacking A beating eg. "He gave him a rare thacking"
Blaa To cry
Foosey Description of a withered vegitable
Daggly Damp weather eg. It's a daggly owld day"
Pingle To toy with ones food
Tizzack A nasty persistant rasping cough
Jimmers A Hinge
Duzzy Fule Idiot
Frizz Frozen
Push A boil
Dwandly or dwainy to describe something that is weak eg. "my cabbages are kinda dwandly"
Moysen a bit Drizzley rain
Black as the hakes Description of a dirty person
Dannys Children's hands
Dutfin Bridle for a horse
Swale Shade , to get in the shade
Gowsbra Goosberry
Neat Us Cow or milking shed
Pah Yard Muck Yard
Backus Wash House
Ding across the kisser Slap across the mouth
Widders or widdles Whitlows
Midnight Woman Midwife
Clawth Pain
Fare as if It seems that
Dawzel To daze
High-strikers Hysterics
Grane Strangle
A Million A large marrow or pumpkin
Dannocks Mittens
Shiver A wood splinter eg. "I have a shiver in my finger"
Wittery to shake
Snack Door latch
Dudder To shiver or shake
Chelp Cheek, eg" I want none of yor chelp bor"
Porking or Pawking To gather washed up wood on the shorline
Datty Dirty
Popple Nonsense
Shywanikan Boisterous
Seal O' Day Meaning, just a nod as you pass someone
Quicks and piece ie they were burning the quicks(stubble) in the piece ( field)
Cobbles Stones
Sour-Gogs Good Medicine
Plawks Hands
Cooshies Sweets
Wittles Food
Swimmer Norfolk dumpling
Pamplin Walking carefully
Skunt When knees get  skinned
Koished Thrashed
High Sprites Ghosts or goblins
Jiffling Fidgeting
Stewping Drinking noisely
Lampering Striding, looping
Horfling Walking oir moving awkwardly
Gimbling Sniggering
Mingins Gnats
Pissamaere-barnabee Earwig
Soshins Crosswise
Hinderparts The back of anything
Kyish Looking smug or shy
Mawking A scarecrow
Sow Wood Louse
Poddle-ladle A Tadpole
Suslams A mixture of food such as a trifle
Rorping Kicking up a "shindy"
Smittick A tiny piece
Allerwater Thrashing
Howsomever However
Tricolate Adjust
Widdles Pimples
Black-stalk Chimney
Chimley Chimney
Cruckle Crust
Kail Lift up
Shail Throw
Splaar Spread
Slaver Talk (used contemptuously) " He dew slaver on"
Reel-a-bobbin Cotton reel
Crowd Push ie Crowd the cooch (push the pram)
Wibbled Untidly packed
Canker Caterpiiler
Shanny Crazy
Swaliking Sweltering
Bop Stoop
Runnel Wheel
Huxterer Dealer in rabbit skins and odds and ends
Pricker bag Dinner bag
Yalm Eat
A sunket a little
Carny To Wheedle
Puke A disagreeable person
Dum-ducker-du-mur A mixture of colours
Sibbits Bans
Gant Village Fair
Hoss it up Lift it up
Lijahs Straps worn just above the knees over the trouser legs
Fintums Fuss over food
Grunny Gutter
Frame To put on airs
Primicky Hard to please
Winnicking Whimpering
Nointer A rascal
Dumpling hunter Local preacher
Buskins Leather leggings
Pinpanches Winkles
Froise A poor person's pancakes
Lickup Small quantity, dollop
Kiser Cheese
Prugging about Wandering about
Stive Dust ie "to kick up a stive"
Mantle A coarse work apron
Shucky Untidy, dishevelled
Barney Argument
Moithered Worried
Peerking Looking for something
Garping Staring
Mivey Mouth
Suffun Something
Dannicks Sparrows
Vacagees Evacuees
Green-ulf Green Finch
Guleham or Hayjack Yellow Hammer
King Harry Gold Finch
Craney Carrion Crow
Black Cap Great Tit
Blue tit Pickcheese
Spink Chaffinch
Mavis or Mavish Song Thrush
Tom Tit Long tailed tit
Harnser Heron
Peewit Plover
Fulfer Missel Thrush
Rabbiting Rebating - woodworking term
Lucums Dormers
Flue-boards Barge boards
Spars Rafters
Stumpy dick  Wren ( Translation by Tony Ivany of  "Pigs Ear")
Squit Norfolk  nonsense
Spuffle To waffle, speak pompously
If you have any other printable Norfolk/East Anglian words or sayings along with a definition please email:

The Manner of  Speaking

The Uses of "Do"

1. "She don't do as she oughter do-do she wouldn't do as she do do"
2. A reproval from a guvnor to his labourer was described  like this   "My Master he say he do that if I did do as I should do I wouldn't do as I do do,he do".

The correct Norfolk pronounciation of the words "do" an "know" is quite impossible to put into writing,and they are two words by which one can recognise a Norfolk man, so wrote Lowry Cole of Sprowston Lodge

Regarding the habit of time and dates

3. A vicar on asking a widow how long she had been a widow got this reply: "Now let me think; if he'd a lived til  next 'muck spreading'  he'd a bin dead ten year."

4. Accordinlie to our master's time tha's half arter five bar one minet, so le's chuck it. 
From Georges Grimes - Martham
Here is one example of phonetic spelling, can you work it out?
5. A Blacksmiths Bill:-
D.M Humphrey, Norwich
Now and Mine

6. Many years ago a Norfolk woman was living in Addis Ababa and the Late Earl of Kimberley called at her House and heard her say "I am now coming" and he remarked "Hello you are Norfolk."

7. A women taking a message for her husband would often say "I will tell mine when he come home"

8. A woman's reply, when asked of her husband's where-abouts. 

  "He now went trew th' pyghtle a seeing if he carn't git a rarbit, but he int got far a-corse I heerd 'im a-hollering th' owd dawg not a minnet a go. If I hanta had these er childer ta mind I'd gone arter 'm for ya. Howd you on, I can see 'm now a cummin." Dickie Dealer, Thetford
9. In Norfolk we mash or wet our tea, and we hitch up in a bus to make room. Again, "I shouldn't mind hitching," said one tired of her dwelling.
10. "Yow doon't look werry fierce" meaning one looks seedy
11. "Howld you hard bor -  meaning, just you hold on a minute
12.  "Yew do run on, yew do, an’ thass a fact!”-     Means to grumble or exaccerate > Sample “For Gawd’s searke, gi yar tongue a rest an stop goin on about the wather – yew do run on, yew do, an’ thass a fact!”
13. Squit >Norfolk nonsense:> sample  “He talk a load o’ squit.”
14. Spuffle >   To waffle, speak pompously: “He do spuffle, dunt he?”