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Doric Dialect Accent Scottish Words and Phrases

Aberdeenshire Doric Dialect and how to speak it - a guide and dictionary to the many Aberdonian words and phrases and Scottish words and their English translation:

Doric is the dialect and local lingo spoken here in the North East of Scotland, especially around Aberdeen City and the County of Aberdeenshire.

Go to The Broch, the Fraserburgh area, to hear a broad accent of the Doric. You may wish to take an interpreter!

Spikkin Doric

More modern Doric words can be found in the book Spikkin Doric by Aberdeen author and Press and Journal journalist Norman Harper. For example Doric words include sclabdadder and foggietoddlers. Of interest to natives of the North East of Scotland Spikkin Doric breaks down Dopric phrases and words to regions of Banffshire, Buchan, Deeside, Donside, Formartine, Garioch, Mearns and Moray.
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Doric Film

In 2008 Aberdonian film maker Mark Stirton released the Doric Film One Day Removals. It was set in Aberdeen and most of the acting cast were Aberdonians. They spoke the Doric dialect throughout the Doric film and when the film was released throughout the UK fellow Britians were introduced to the Doric dialect without subtitles! Read the full About Aberdeen review of the film on our One Day Removals page.

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Below is a list of commonly used Doric words and Doric phrases. After you have read them you should be able to read the latest Doric books which are a collection of P&J columns by Aberdonian Robbie Shepherd and Thi Lyfe An Tyme's O An Enshoar Loon: Doric Scot's which translates from Doric to English as The Life and Times of an Onshore Boy which is written by Gordon Morrison, a fisherman from Boddam village, just outside Peterhead.

Alternatively, use the guide below to the most common Aberdonian spoken words and Aberdeenshire Phrases:

Scottish Words

Doric      English

Aabody    Everybody
Aathing    Everything
Aff    Off
Affa     Awfully
Aifter    After
Aneth     Underneath or below
Anither    Another
Atween     Between
Aye     Yes
Aye-aye min     Hello
Baith    Both
Bairn     A baby or young child
Banter     To gossip or chat away or have a friendly tease
Bawbee    The old Scots word for a half penny
Ben    Down or through
Bide     Stay
Biodag     Dagger or dirk
Birl     Spin
Birling     Drinking Match
Bitcallant     Lad
Black Affrontit     Embarrassed
Bleeter     To talk aimlessly
Bogle Wark     Ghosly action
Bosie     A cuddle or hug
Brakk    Break
Bratch     Female Dog
Braw     Good, great
Brawly     Well
Bydand     Steadfast (The motto for the Gordon Highlanders)
Cantrips     Magic spells and incantations
Caul    Cold

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Clachneart     Putting stone
Claik     Gossip
Claes    clothes
Clamjamfry     Company or a mob
Clarsach     Harp
Clart     To put too much on something (also farm manure)
Clarty     Dirty
Clype     A Grass or Tell Tale
Coorse    Coarse, to bully, be bad, difficult or nasty or to torment someone
Corrie Fister     A left handed person
Cowk     To retch or be sick
Craiter     Creature
Deid    Dead
Deray     Uproar
Dhe     God
Dinna     Don't
Dinna Fash Yersel     Do not fuss yourself
Dirdum     Tumult
Dirled     Vibrated
Div     Do
Doited     Foolish
Doon aboot the mou     Fed up, depressed
Douche     Kind or gentle
Dreich    Cold, wet and windy
Drookit     Drenched, soaking
Dyvour     Bankrupt or debtor
Eese     Use
Eneuch    Enough
Fa's     Who
Far Hiv Ye Bin?     Where have you been?
Fash     Trouble
Feadan     The chanter which pipers practice with before playing the bagpipes
Feart    Afraid
Feel     Daft
Ficher     Fumble
Fin     When
Fit     How
Fitbaa    Football
Fit Like     Hello, how are you?
Fit Wye    Why
Fitya dee'in?     What are you doing?
Fizzenless     Feeble
Fleg   Fright
Flitt     To Remove
Flitting     To move home
Foostie     Stale or Rancid
Foos Yer Doos    How are you doing
Forfauchan/Forfochan   Exhausted
Futtret or Futret   Weasel or Stoat (But Not Ferret)
Gads    Horrible, Yucky
Galshiks and Smacherry (Sma-herry)     both referred to the practice of buying lots of little sweets like Sports Mixtures, Bananas, Milk Mice, Milky or Caramel Chews, Aniseed Balls etc. from the local paper "shoppy"
Gangrel     A tramp or vagrant
Ganzie     Sweater, Jumper or Cardigan
Gash     Grim or dismal
Gaun     Going
Ging     Go
Gipe   Stupid (also spelt Gype)
Glisk     Passing Glance
Glunching     Frowning
Graned     Groaned
Grat     Wept
Guddle   Mess
Gunkit   Looking sulking or hostile
Gyan     Going
Hale   Whole
Hech     Cry of surprise
Heid    Head
Hirpling     Limping
Ill Tricket   Up to tricks
Ingins    Onions
Jaloused     Suspected
Jis     Just
Joco     Happy, Pleased with oneself
Ken     Know
Leesome Lane     Quite Alone (also Lee-lane)
Loanings     Bypaths
Loon    Boy
Lugs     Ears
Maist     Most
Mare     more
Mear     A Mare
Messages     Shopping
Mettle     Spirited
Min     Man
Mockit     Needs a good wash (In Dundee it is called Barkit)
Mony     Many
Moulds     Graves
Nae     No
Nae Wye    Nowhere
Neuk   Corner
Neen    None
Neep    Turnip
Nivver     Never
Nivver fash    Do not worry
Orra    A person who is considered a fool and dirty
Piobaireachad     Bagpipe lament
Plat     Plot of ground
Puckle   A few
Pucklie   A small amount
Quine    Girl (sometimes spelt Quean)
Richt     Right
Rikkin   Smoking or steaming
Riped     Searched
Riving     Raging
Routh     Abundance
Rudas Carlines     Witches
Sair   Sore
Scaffie     A binman, collector of rubbish and trash
Scowp     Run
Scunnered     Fed Up
Scutter    Delay
Semmitt and draa'ers    Vest and pants
Siller     Silver coin
Skail    School
Skelloch     Shriek
Skelpit     Slapped or smacked
Sotter   Mess
Spik     Speak
Spikin     Speaking
Sotter   Mess
Speerings     Inquiry
Spew   Vomit
Stammygaster    Astonishment
Steen    Stone
Stelled     Stuck
Stocious   Drunk
Stooshie    A fuss
Stot   To bounce
Stotter   Beautiful
Sup   A small amount of liquid
Swicking     Cheating
Telt     Told
Teuchter   Someone who lives in the countryside - Though some say this Doric word of Teuchter means son of a piper
The Morn     Tomorrow, In the morning
Thirled     Under obligation
Thocht     Thought
Thole     Suffer or tolerate
Thrapple     Windpipe
Thrawn     Distorted
Toon    Town
Toonser   Someone who lives in the town such as Aberdeen City
Toom     Empty
Tumshie     An Idiot
Tossue     Ruffle
Trachled   Exhausted
Trig     Active
Twaa    Two
Un'erstn     Understand
Waabit    Tired
Wanchancy     Wicked
Weegie or Weegies    What people from Aiberdeen (Aberdeen) call people from Glesga (Glasgow)
Whilk Mair     Which more
Wifie    Woman
Wintit     Wanted
Yersel     Yourself
Yett     A gate, commonly for castles

The practice of adding a "y" to virtually any word or description is also recognised as very Aberdonian, eg shop to shoppy,

Buy the Scottish (Doric) Dictionary.

Each year there is a Doric Festival which celebrates the Aberdonian accent and Doric dialect.

Throughout the years Aberdeenshire authors have embraced Doric and written many books in the Doric dialect which includes early Science Fiction and Fantasy by George MacDonald and more recently Aesop's Fables and a Scot's Bible by 21st Century author Robert Stephen. More recent Doric authors include George Morrison who wrote Thi Lyfe An Tyme's O An Enshoar Loon: Scot's Doric in 2006.

Many journalists in Aberdeen write columns in Doric. The funniest is Mo Simpson in the Evening Express who punctuates her wit with Doric words and phrases.

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Doric Ditties

Doric Ditties is a wonderful service by Aberdonian Alison Skinner who now lives in Portknockie, Buckie and creates unique and personalised Doric poems for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, to celebrate the birth of a new baby, christenings, graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, St Valentine’s Day and corporate events. In addition to personalised Doric poetry Doric Ditties can enhance your photographs with attractive graphics to create a unique gift and memento.

Doric Ditties sell a range of Doric gifts such as photo poems which are original readymade poems that feature original photographs, on a variety of themes. For example some of the photo poems show the beautiful Moray Coast of Scotland whilst others are a range of quirky and animal photo poems.

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About Aberdeen asked Alison to write an example of Doric poetry for our website and here is her beautiful Doric poem:

Aboot Aiberdeen
Fit his Aiberdeen
That maks it unique
Attractin’ visitors fae afar
Tae come an’ hae a peek?
Is’t a’ oor bonnie granite
Glitterin’ in the sun?
Or the endless options
Tae step oot an’ hae fun?
Fit aboot a stroll
The length o’ Union Street?
Shop till yer hairt’s content
Purse teemed an’ sair feet
Or tak’ in a show
At His Majesty’s Theatre
A musical or drama
Fit cwid be neater?
Or indulge yer taste
In the finest o’ dinin’
International cuisine
Will hae tastebuds pinin’
There’s loads tae see
For a history buff
Wi’ hooses an’ castles
There’s mair than enough
If ye lik’ tae play golf
There’s courses a’ roon
Museums an’ galleries
Throughoot the toon
The Duthie Park
Is a favourite place
Tae unwind an’ relax
An’ drap doon the pace
Ye’re sure tae fin’
Plenty tae dee
So bring faimilies an’ freens
Come visit an’ see!
©doricditties 2011

Doric Lord's Prayer

Shoppers in Aberdeen Belvidere Gallery in Rosemount Place can purchase a framed copy of the Doric Lord's Prayer. It was written by Peter Fraser originally for the Midstocket Church magazine and is now proving popular as a Fathers Day gift when it went on sale in June 2008. Some of the proceeds of the sale of each framed Doric Lord's Prayer is donated to the Midstocket Church. The Doric Lord's Prayer starts as Oor Faither.

Doric Lift Voice

In 2006 Aberdeen Hotel The Carmelite recorded a special Doric voice for their lift. They asked Aberdonians to phone in to a competition and say a few words and a poem in Doric. The winner was Aberdeen window cleaning business owner Steve Taylor. Many guests of the Carmelite Hotel have commented on how friendly and welcoming the lift sounds! Phrases said by the lift include Welcome To Carmelite, Doors Opening and Lift Going Up (Gyan Up), Lift Going Down (Gyan Doon) atween flairs een and fower!

Gaelic Classes

Aberdeen Gaelic Club are running Gaelic language evening classes for beginner and intermediate level students commencing 8 September 2009. The Gaelic classes will be held in Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen and will run for ten weeks. The Club will also hold a Gaelic language weekend course catering for beginner, intermediate and advanced level students in Harlaw Academy on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2009. For registration forms or further details of the Gaelic classes please e-mail or call 0777 939 8289.

Doric TV Comedy Aberdeen Darts Team

In August 2007 actor, director and writer David McKay from Glasgow revealed that he is writing a Doric TV comedy series based on an Aberdeen darts team. David McKay has appeared on TV and films many times and Scottish viewers may remember him as Screech the nephew of Rab C Nesbitt on BBC 2 and as a soldier in the Mel Gibson film Braveheart. David McKay also appeared as Bacio in Ae Fond Kiss, McTaggart in Shoebox Zoe and Tony McCreary in Hamish MacBeth. Other film roles include Frankie in As Far As You've Come, Dougy in Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, Liam in My Name Is Joe, an Informer in Les Miserables, Malcie in Looking After Jo Jo, Wee Archie in Hard Nut: A Love Story,

The TV appearances of David McKay also include Nightlife as Steve, Red Shoe Diaries as the Photographer, Bad Boys as Dodie, The Girl in the Picture as Ken and in Stookie as Stookie Doyle.

David McKay has also worked as a director and directed the TV series High Life about life in a Scottish high rise flat. He has also directed episodes of The Basil Brush Show, Tinsel Town, My Parents Are Aliens and Caesar. His writing credits include Caesar and Tinsel Town.

David McKay lived in Aberdeen in the early 1980s and draws on his real life experiences for episodes of the Aberdonian darts team TV Doric comedy.

Grampian Police Doric Ban

In June 2007 Grampian police officers were requested not to speak the Doric dialect of the Mither Tongue when using their radios. This was because they had a new UK wide radio system called Airwave. The Grampian Police Doric ban is aimed to make communication easier and readily understood throughout the country and other regions have been told to use standard English rather than local dialects. As an example there was 50 ways to say yes reported throughout the UK.

Doric Poem

In June 2007 Aberdeen school pupils were encouraged to contribute Doric poems for inclusion into a new Doric poetry book. It was part of the Aberdeen Reading Bus scheme to celebrate the Scots language and Doric verse.

In August the readingbus mobile library took to the streets of Aberdeen to increase interest in the Doric dialect and the new Doric book that is being written. Sheena Blackhall, an Aberdeen author and the MSP Maureen Watt launched the dialect show. Maureen Watt was the first member of the Scottish parliament to take an oath at the parliament in the Doric dialect.

Fit Like Yer Majesty?

This Doric poems book called Fit Like Yer Majesty? was published in September 2008. It was launched at Fyvie Castle with celebrities such as the Bridge of Don loon and Doric radio broadcaster Robbie Shepherd, actress Joyce Falconer from Torry, author and storyteller Sheena Blackhall, Stephen Robertson from Scotland The What? and fiddler Paul Anderson from Tarland. They were joined by local schoolchildren.

Fit Like Yer Majesty? was compiled by children aged from 14 and adults up to 92 years. The artwork for Fit Like Yer Majesty? was produced by artist and illustrator Bob Dewar who used to work at DC Thomson for the Beano and Dennis the Menace.

Also in attendance at the launch was Schools Minister Maureen Watt who wrote the foreword for Fit Like Yer Majesty?

Fit Like Yer Majesty? is only available locally in book shops like Waterstones or to buy online at it is hoped that it will be available from Tesco stores throughout Aberdeenshire soon.

On Monday 17 September 2007 MSP Maureen Watt helped to launch a Doric language DVD made by the Aberdeen Family Learning Team project.

Another Doric Poem in the news in 2007 was the winner of the Banffshire Maritime Heritage Association poetry and writing competition in September. James Johnson of Portsoy won the adult category for his Doric Poem The Fisherman's Bairn. He received his cash prize and trophy from Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson.

Torry Doric Classes

An initiative in the district of Torry in Aberdeen sees locals teach Polish people Doric words of the Mither Tongue during Torry Doric classes so that they can feel at home in Aberdeen City and understand the local lingo a bit better. Funding for the Torry project was given by Aberdeen City Council because it united the community and reduced tension between the Polish people and Aberdonians. Funds of £4,000 were allocated from the National Priorities Action Fund. The Torry Doric classes are run by Iwona Lamb of Bridge of Don who came to Aberdeen from Poland in the 1970s. She already had Polish relatives in Scotland who has settled after World War Two. The group is called The Polish Ladies Group and meets at the Tullos Community Centre in Girdleness Road, Torry, Aberdeen each Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 11:30am.

Polish Language Lessons

Other language initiatives in Torry include Polish language lessons to teach immigrant workers and their families English. The same group, East English Aberdeen, also provides a Polish language class for Aberdonians. Many health care workers and police force members take part in the Polish lessons to assist Poles in an emergency. Qualified tutors include Andrea Robertson, Erica Wallace and Margaret Morrison.

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