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The Deep

Guide to Hull dialect

It's impossible to live in Hull and not hear words such as 'err nerr' or 'shurrup'. So, we've compiled this guide to pronounciation and usage, listing the most commonly used words and phrases in Hull. Acknowledgement: Remould Theatre Co.

Guide to pronounication and usage:
HullEnglishAdditional Comments
A penny all offA short back and sidesTerm mainly used in cutting and styling hair.
AmgunnaI am going to
Arfa LargaHalf a glass of beer or lager
Arm/ArvI'm/I'veUsage: Arv been brokken into = My house has been burgled. Armalite = 'My trousers are on fire'. Armalite can also mean: a type of rifle.
AvinHaving
Ay path of eachFish and chips for half pence
AyerHave youUsage: Ayer gorra bruvva? = Have you got a male sibling?
Bags foggyI would like to go first
BainsChildrenUsage: Bains out larkin' = The children are playing outside.
BallingCryingUsage: Stop balling yered off! = Stop crying!
BikkiesBiscuits
Bluddy targers!Hull City have lost again!
BoolTo run with a boolerBooler = rim from bike wheel or car tyre. Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
BrayHit or beat (agressive gesture)Usage: I'll bray yer eddin' = I'm going to inflict pain on you.
BrekBreak
Boolingthe act of pushing a wheeled object, e.g a pram or a bikeAcknowledgement: Allan.
BruvvaBrother
BullyvardBoulevardAn old sports stadium, once home to Hull FC and Hull City.
BurlaBowl of
BurnBoneUsage: Burn idol = Extreme laziness.
Canaborryit?Can I borrow it?
ChowatmiShout at meUsage: Mimmams gunner chowatmi = I shall be in severe trouble with my mother.
ClairsClothes
CurlCall
CurledCold
CurlslurColeslaw or sliced cabbage
Dinntit?Did it not?
Dernt nerrI do not know
Diddy farndowt?Did he find anything?
EHe
EdHeadUsage: Doin' me eddin = Making me confused.
EllurHello
ErmHome
ErkOak wood
Err nerrOh no.Meaning: An expression of dismay.
FarvsFive pence or poundsUsage: It dunt tek farvs = This vending machine will not take 5p coins.
FernPhoneUsage and meaning: Fern curls = Telecommunications.
Fiyer injinFire engine
Flag edgePavement kerbAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
FoggyFirstAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
GassunderChamberpot
GerreerCome here or come overUsage: Oi! Gerreer! = Come this way.
GerreminGet them inUsage: Gerremin = Get the drinks in.
GerroffLeave me alone
Giz/gizzaGive meUsage: Gizza pennith 'gammy fruit = Could I please have some of those bruised apricots.
GoangeridedInvitation to play a game of Hide and Seek
Goin' on rerdGoing shopping
GorraGot a
Gorrit for nowtI did not pay anything
GunnaGoing to
It's marnanallI am claiming joint-ownership
I aren'tI am not
JerkinJokingUsage: Yer jerkin' = I don't believe you.
KaylieSherbert
Kirk-a-curlerFizzy colaSoft drink
LarkinHanging or playing out
Lerds 'n lerdsPlentySame as: Givin' it lerds.
LickleLittleUsage: Me lickle perny = A toy horse
Lug 'oleEarUsage: I'll clip yer lug 'ole = Do be quiet.
Mafted/maftingHotUsage: I'm mafted = I'm rather hot. It's mafting = It's rather hot.
MimmamMy motherUsage: Mama mia = I'm here Mother. Yer mammal ner = Your Mother will have the information.
Mernin'moaning or complainingUsage: Yer for-ever mernin' = You do complain a lot .
Merce curdMorce code
Myrrh-bileMobile phone
MeolidizMy holidays
NarnNineUsage: Ar gorrit for narn narty narn = It cost me nearly ten pounds. Me owsiz on fiyer darl narn narn narn = My house is ablaze. Please alert the emergency services.
Ner No
Nerth PearlNorth Pole
NowtNothing
NowtinnitEmpty
OwsHouse
ParkPorkAcknowledgement: Barry Oakley.
ParlsHaemorrhoids
Follers onA game of marbles played along the gutterAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Parnta marldA glass of dark beer
Pearl TaxThe Community Charge
PearlsPeople from Poland
PerchPoachUsage: Perch deg = poached egg.
Plern block in tenfootPlaying 'Goangerided' in an alleyway
PermPoem
PerpHead of the Catholic Church
Radiur UmbersardRadio Humberside
RailReal
RerdRoadUsage: Goin' on rerd = Going shopping.
RermRomeThe capital city of Italy.
Rurin'CryingUsage: She's rurin' ered off = She is very upset.
SeggySecondAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
SerpSoap
ShurrupShut upSee also: Shut yer cake 'ole = Be quiet.
Siling downRaining
SirSo
SkegTo lookAcknowledgement: Chris Ward.
SlurSlow
SmerlSmall
Smurkin'Smoking
Sner BerlAn egg-based liquer from Holland
SnerrSnowUsage: There's nur snur on the rurd = The road is clear of snow.
SpanishLiquorice
SpurtsSports
Summatup?Is there something troubling you?
SurferSofa
TansadFolding pushchairAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
TarrarGoodbye
TekTake
Terld-a-merlI informed everyone
TenfootAlleyway
UllHull
Winder brekkerType of spinning top used in whip and top game.Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
WorrawollyFoolish person
YerYou
YerolidizYour holidays
YissYes
Yon endThe shops at the Ellerburn/Greenwood Avenue junction.Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Yon sideOver there
Frame yerselfOrganise yourself/co-operateSee also: Shape yerself will yeh! = organise yourself/co-operate. Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Shape yerself will yeh!Organise yourself/co-operateSee also: Frame yerself = organise yourself/co-operate. Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
DowlyDreary, damp weatherUsage: It's a dowly day. Acknowledgement: Christine Wylie.
TaffledTangled (hair or wool)Acknowledgement: Christine Wylie.
LugsKnotted hairAcknowledgement: Christine Wylie.
On roadMain roadAcknowledgement: Allan.
Up streetThe end of street which is near to the main roadAcknowledgement: Allan.
Down streetThe end of street which is away from the main roadAcknowledgement: Allan.
NeshColdUsage: Eee it's right nesh out = It's cold outside. Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
NitheredColdUsage: Let's see fire I'm nithered! = Put the heating on I'm freezing! Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
It's like watching treacle on Park St. BridgeSlowAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Crogga/croggyA crossbar of a bicycleUsage: Giz a crogga = Can you give me a lift on your bicycle? Acknowledgement: Beryl Sayers.
NuntyNot in fashionAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Sackless1) Slow to learn or understand. 2) Foolish person.Acknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
ArwarhsUneducated and ignorant peopleAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Neb/nebbyNose/nosyAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
BontBurnedAcknowledgement: Lee Holderness.
Nerz kernPointed end of a rocketAcknowledgement: John Lewis.
Arse in yer Kirk?Would you like ice in your Coca-Cola?Acknowledgement: John Lewis.
On the derlUnemployedAcknowledgement: John Lewis.
FizogFaceAcknowledgement: Mike Vine from Toronto, Canada.
ScraggingSemi-playful fighting\wrestlingAcknowledgement: Mike Vine from Toronto, Canada.
Reckon upTo add up numbers in a listAcknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
TwagTo play truant from schoolAcknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
BoobBabyUsage: Dohnt rurr yer big boob = Don't cry you big baby. Acknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
KecksTrousersAcknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
Feet as big as Hunmanby GapBig feetAcknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
Laid out like a shilling dinnerSprawling (e.g. On sofa) Acknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
I'll snickersneeze youI'll get you back [playful term]Acknowledgement: Robert Kemp.
YopeTo shout/sing raucouslyAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.
Yer cart educate pork!There's little chance of him/her understanding muchAcknowledgement: Ken Starkey.

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