Black Country Dialect A to Z

Ackidock    
Afower                       
Agen                        
Airk                           
Ait                              
Aks(axe)               
Anunst                    
Ar                               
Ay or A                       
                                            
Babby                        
Backerds                  
Barly                        
                                 
The Baggies             
Bai or bay                  
Bally                         
Bamboozle               
Barmpot                   
Barmy                       
Bawk                         
Bay or Baynt              
Beezum                     
Bibble                         
Bin                             
Bist                           
Bisn't                                              
Blaberen                   
Black Bat                  
Bladda or Bladder    
Blart                           
Blether                       
                                  
Blobmouth                             
Blubren                     
Bobhowlers              
Boffle                      
Bonce                       
Bonk                         
Bost                          
Boster                      
Bostin                   

Bowk  
Breffus         
Brummagem    
Bunny-fire     
Buz 

Cake-hole        
Caggy or caghanded 
Cag-mag           

Camplin/Cankin  
Cant(in)       
Catlick         
Caw or cor         
Chawl 
Chops   
Chimdy or chimly or chimbly   
Chuffed            
Chuck                
Chuky or chooky      
Chunter              
Clack         
Clarnet   
Clane    
Clemmed or    clammed      
Clobber       
Clomber 
Cocka/Cocker      
Cockaver         
Codge   
Cog-nogger or Cog-nocker     
Coddin                
Coost               
Coot       
Cootin                  
Cor or cort         
cork-aiver or    cog-winder  
Cost        
Cotter                    
Crack           
Craw     
Croddle 

Craunch     
Cuff      
Cut          
Cutherin'     

Dahb            
Dare-cent   
Day             
Desay              
Dishle          
Ditherin'   
Dock               
Doe               
Dollop              
Donny        
Dowl         
Drap       
Duck         
Dun

                    
Ess'ole               

Faggots               
Fairce               
Fai(r)ther      
Fakes/Fairks      
Fettle                   
Fittle            
Fizzog    
Flen               
Flics          
Flirter               
Fode             
Foggy       

        
Forid           
Franzy            
Frit                  
Frowtsy      
Fust


Gaffer 
Gamgee 


Gammitin 
Gammy 
Gamp

 
Ganzy
Garn
Gawby
Gawk
Gawp 
Gleed or Glede  
Gob
Gobiron
Goo
Graunch


Haiver 
Hoss road 
Halfender


Ivver-ovver

Jack squalin hour  
Jeth (jed)
Jiffy "
Joobus

Kay-li    
Kaylied
Kay 
Kell      
Keckle
Ketch
Kissa  


Lamp
Larrupin /Larussin
Lather    ladderLather
Lickle
Lief
Loff 
Lommock 
Lover 
Lugole/Lughole        

Madden
Maitrum
Maulers
Maunch
Maygrums
Miskin, Midden or Mixen  
Moach or mooch 
Mucker 
Mun 
Mush 
Mush 
Myther  


Nairun 
Naither 
Natty    
Niggle     
Node 
Noggen yedded  
Noggin  
Noo 
Nous, Nowse 
Nuss 

Ockerd 
Ode  
Odge 
Oliffer  
'Ommer  
'Ond 

Ooer 

Ood

Ooman 

Oot 

Opple 

Oss  

Ote   

O'thatnin'  

O'thisnin'     

Ow 

Owamya?

Ow bist? 

Owern   

Pail    

Pie-can 

Piece 

Pikelet  

Pisey 

Podge  

Pon 

Poorly 

Puk 

Pus  

Purler 

 

Reasty 

Rennin   

Riffy 

Sad 

Saft 

'Safta 

Saided 

Sailin 

Sate

Scrag 

Scrawmp 

Scratchings 

Scrumpin'
Shap
Sharra
Sharrap
Shed
Sheed 
Shek/Shekin     
Siden    
Siken  
Skraze  
Scromble  
Smosh 
Snap   
Snidge/Snitch
Spake 
Splod  
Spockle              
Spottle 
Soople
Steen
Suff  
Suck
Sup 
Sustifikut  
Swaits 
Swelth
Swilker  
Swole 
Swopson 

Tack up 
Tocky-bonk
Tararabit  
Taters    
Tai(tay)     
Tek  
Tek after 
Tewthree 
Thaten 
Thissen   
Thrial   
Thrape  
Tiswas    
Tizzicky   
Tittle 
Tranklements   
Trapes
Trussen  
Tummy  

Tunky     

Unitick  
Unkyoothe  

Volve  

Waggin     
Wag Mon  

Wammel   
Wassin   
Weege     
Weem
Welly        
Wench     
Wenching 
Werrit      
Whimsey 
Wick 
Wik       
Woa        
Wooly      
Wool     
Wommuck 
Wurse or Wuss
Wum                 

Yamp(e)y         
Yawle or Yaup   
Yed                     
Yo(w) 

Yoewer    

Zowk 
Zad       

aqueduct
before possibly from Afore
again
as in belly ache, stomach ache
eat
ask
against, next to, eg "The housen anunst hisen"
Yes as in "Ar I am"
haven't or isn't.

 
Baby from the Anglo Saxon Babben
backwards
a truce. Sometimes "Arley-Barly" is used. (Possibly a corruption from the French "Parlez" to talk?)
West Bromwich Albion Football Club (not a very good one!)
am not, eg "I bay gooin' ter tell yow agen"
Belly, stomach
puzzle, bemuse
A silly person
Daft, silly
hinder or confuse. Probably from Balk
am not
a broom of birch
A pebble
been, have been
are, eg "how bist yow?" = How are you?
aren't, opposite of Bist. eg "Bisn't gooin up the shaps?" for "You're not going up the shops?"
to talk idly
Black Beetle
Balloon
cry - from "the bleating of sheep"
to talk nonsense or talk incessantly. "Blether yed" “blether Head” - someone who talks nonesense, a fool.
blabbermouth eg "'Ers a right blobmouth. Tell 'er terday, the world knows tomorrer"
crying, eg "Ar kids blubren agen"
Any large moth
hinder
the head
bank or small hill. Pitbonk (hill made from mine waste)
broken or burst, past tense Bosted
something big or possibly something good
Meaning "very good indeed" eg "We 'ad a bostin time" or "Ers a bostin wench"

A very large recepticle like a skip
Breakfast
Birmingham
bonfire
Bus

Mouth "Shut yer cake-hole"
left-handed
Bad or rotting meat
talking or gossiping
gossip(ing)
hasty wash
cannot, eg "I cor goo the'er terday"
Pork
mouth or cheeks
chimney
Pleased
Throw
chicken, fowl (children's word) also Chooky Egg
grumble under one's breath
uvula, eg "Just stop yer clack"
idiot, fool. "Yo' daft clarnet!"
Clean
starved or hungry
clothes or possibly to hit someone
climb
mate, friend
a smack
a poor job, eg "He's made a right codge of it"
Thick Sandwich (variation on Noggin)
joking, kidding, eg "Goo on, yum coddin me"
could you ?, also negative "thee coosnt"
coat
courting
can't
a good punch
can you?, also negative "I cosn't" - I cannot
have no cotter with 'im (have nothing to do with him)
fun, entertainment
crop of a bird, as in "that sticks in my craw" - I cannot believe it
huddle together

crunch
a cough
canal
to huddle together, Cuddling

Daub, smear
Dare not
did not, eg "I day see 'im comin"
dare say, very likely
cup of tea
meaning to shiver with cold, or to hesitate.
to stop or hold back wages
do not, reply to question "I doe"
large quantity, usually of food
hand (children's word) Possibly a corruption from the French "Donnez" to give.
down, soft hair on the face
drop
evade, dodge
Do, as in "What dun yo want?"

Fireplace. I think this may be a corruption of 'ash hole'

 

Black Country dish made from pig's organs, onion, sage, bread crumbs
Face
Father
Cigarettes
excellent condition
Food, victuals
the Face
fleas
Cinema
Catapult usually made from elastic (rubber) bands
Fold or enclosure. A back yard to a house
First : When children were playing games the first child to shout out Foggy
Went first/had first pick, then the next child would have to shout out Secky.
Forehead
Irritable, particularly fretful children
Frightened, eg "doe be frit"
Dishevelled
First

master, employer, perhaps husband
Cotton Wool. From its inventor Dr. Samuel Gamgee, who originally called it "gamgee-tissue." Dr. Gamgee  was born in Birmingham.
playing the fool
lame
Umbrella (after a Dickensian character named Mrs Gamp who always carried a large black umbrella)
guernsey, jumper, cardigan
Go on
a simpleton
an ill dressed person, or to stare, eg "Who am yow gawkin' at ?"
open mouthed, staring
a cinder.
to spit, or the mouth itself, eg "Shut yer gob" or "'Er's got a right gob on 'er"
Mouth Organ/Harmonica
go, eg "Am yow gooin' ter the flics?" = Are you going to the Pictures? (Cinema)
"To suck a boiled sweet and rattle it in ones teeth" for example "...'ark at 'er,   ers 'avin a grate with that sweet - graunchin' it."


something big, eg "It's a real haiver"
The street. "Get out the hoss road!" = Get out of the way!
a brick


hesitate, eg "Stop yer ivverin' an' ovverin' an' get on wi'it"

Early morning. ‘He was out cootin till jack squalin hour’
death (dead)
brief moment, eg "E woe be a jiffy"
suspicious, dubious


Sherbet powder (confectionery)
Drunk
Key
the lining around a faggot
Kettle
catch
the face

To beat or thrash, eg "Ee giv' 'im a right lampin'
Also to beat or thrash, eg "Ee giv' 'im a right larrupin'"
upset or excited as "In a bit of a lather"
little
as soon as
laugh
clumsy, lumbering, eg "Yow big lommock"
common term of endearment to children - m'lover
Ear or ear hole Lungeous        

to make wild, annoy
matron (of a hospital)
hands
to chew carefully (as with no teeth)
Faces as in Pullin' maygrums = Pulling faces.
Rubbish heap or dustbins (garbage bin) From the Anglo-Saxon for dung
to idle about in a bored fashion or search
confusion, eg "All of a mucker" can also mean a mate as in "me old mucker"
must
meaning an acquaintance eg What yo looking at mush?
the face
to bother, to irritate, or be irritated by


none, not one
neither
tidy, neat
to find fault in insignificant things
known, eg "I've nowd 'im for 'ears"
stupid
thick piece of bread or the head
new
"Hav yo no nous?" meaning are you dumb or have no intelligence
nurse, eg Nit Nuss (checked school children for head-lice)
 

awkward
old, eg "Th' ode lad" - the devil
push, eg "Odge up" - move up a bit
ail making machine, actually the word is from Oliver a spring loaded tilt hammer)
hammer
hand

Woman of ill repute, whore
would
woman
will you
Apple
horse
hold, eg "Ketch ote on it" - take hold of it
in that way
in this way
how
how're you?
How are you?
my husband, my son, my daughter, often used by women to denote member of family

Beat as in I'll give yo' a pailin'
Silly, daft as in "Yo' pie-can"
Slice of bread or a sandwich, often spread with jam or dripping
Crumpet
Spitful
to push in when queuing
PPan, as in saucepan
sick, ill. 'Ers proper poorly
pick, as in pick up
purse
A fall as in "cum a purler" fall down

Off, as in food gone bad or dirty as in "Your hands are reasty".
Raining
Dirty or unclean

heavy, as in bread that does not rise.
stupid, soft (in the head)
Shortened version of "this afternoon." eg. See ya this safta.
sated, glutted remains left after rendering lard
Ceiling as in "up on the sailin"
seat
To beat up as in fight
To have a good scratch
Black Country delicacy - pork rind deep fried

pinching fruit (usually apples) from someone's orchard
Shop
Motor Coach - derived from char-Ã -banc (Drawn wagon)
Shut up, be quiet.
spilled/spilt
to spill a liquid
Shake, shaking
Out of perpendicular, crooked. aka The Crooked House, aka The Siden House
to sigh (from the Old English 'Sican' )
graze, scratch
a tangle of wool, string, and the like
Smash.
Food, commonly lunch taken by a working man
Nose
speak
flat-footed
to cover with drops of moisture
splash
to soften, make supple
stew jar or earthenware pot
sewer or drain, eg "Down the suff" - down the drain
Sweets
to sip, a sip, drink
certificate
Ssweets
swelling
to spill or splash
swollen
a heavily built woman, used in a semi-humorous sense

improvement in the weather, eg "It'll tack up tonight"
a pit mound
Bye for now
potatoes
tea, also "it isn't"
take
to resemble, look like physically, mentally, or emotionally
a few, two or three, always used as a noun preceded by "a"
that one
this one
group of three, used only in the card game of Cribbage
thrash. Give 'im a good thrapin'
Confused, "getting in a tiswas"
having an irritating dry cough
tickle
small possessions, bits and pieces, paraphernalia, precious possessions.
walking aimlessly about, eg "Trapesin' in an' ott like a dog at a fair"
to trust
a snack, especially a collier's mid-morning snack

a fat pig, eg "As fat as a tunky"

Uniform
uncouth

valve

Playing truant from School
The council official employed to round up errant children who were "Waggin"

A mongrel dog,   comes from the Anglo-Saxon/Old English "hwaemelec"
Throat. "Get it down yer wassin" From the Old English "wasend" meaning gullet.
which
We are. Eg. "Weem gooin out tonight" - We're going out tonight.
nearly, eg "Welly clemmed to jeth"
girl, still commonly used by parents towards daughters.  
The act of flirting, charming and pursuing wenches.
worry
pit head winding gear
Nerves - as in 'Yow'm gerrin' on me wick.'
week or weak
won't, eg Yow woa
whole, often of a brick : "A wooly 'un"
will, eg Yow wool
to eat fast "He wommucked that up like he was starvin!"
worse
home. "I'm gooin' wum"

Useless, hopeless (as in "He's a yampy player”)
bawl, shout or cry loudly
head
you

your

yelp, cry out
the letter Z