'Sure, there was no call for that, so there wasn't.'
Calve: To faint, to fall down or take a tumble (usually
as a result of too much alcohol) From: Sally Kelly
Canny meaning shrewd, 'He is a canny boy that'. From:
Carn: a lumpen and brutish person, incapable of refinement,
usually with a touch of malevolence. "He's an ignernt carn, that
'un. He'd go through you for a short cut" From: Dominic Campbell
Cast up: Remind accusingly.
'I made one mistake and he's been casting it up ever since.'
Castle: Term used to describe arranging turf/peat
to aid the drying process From: Sally Kelly
Cat: Very bad - "I seen that 'Alexander'. Twas
cat so it was." From: Brian
Cat melodian- pronounced 'Kyat melodgin'. Same as
'cat', used mostly in Co. Armagh as an expression of disappointment
or disapproval. "Thon new one way system roun the toun is kyat
melodgin, sot'is." From: Daisy.
Catch yerself on: Warning. caution.
'Catch yerself on, y're throwing good money after bad.'
'Catch yerself on or y'll git a quare dig in the gub.'
Champ: Potatoes mashed with butter and scallions heated
'A good feed of champ is hard til bate!'
Cheesers: Horse chestnuts, what they call conkers
Cheevie: Noun: A chase initiated by one party causing
annoyance to another. Eg. The man from no. 8 gave us a cheevie 'cos
we threw stones at his window. From Danny.
Childer: plural of child or chile. English dialect
word that lost out to that other English dialect word, children, as
the accepted plural. Dominic Campbell adds: Childer: note that the i
is pronounced as in children, not as in child.
Chimley: Ulsterese for chimney. From Rex.
Chode - a small fat person! From Matty
Chokin': maddened with thirst, eg: "Have ye got
a mineral, I'm chokin'" From: Dominic Campbell
Chughie at - to persevere From David Orr
Chumley - chimney- as in "Thon chumley thonder
needs a good hokin' out or it'll cyatch fayer some day soon" From:
F. Butler. Dominic Campbell adds: Chimley is another variant of Chumley,
used in Tyrone. eg: "Get tee yer bed before Santee comes down the
Chutie/Chootie: Not in vogue or style, old fashioned,
not in style; usually refers to clothing (County Antrim) From: Sally
'He went out to play futball and came back up to his oxters in clabber.'
Clap: Dung.'I can't abide the country, it's fulla
Caleeried. meaning a bit daft - thon wans a bit caleeried
From Jean Elliott
Clampet - stupid person. From: Barbara
Cla'moul: Throw muck at (Clod mole at) eg "away
and clamoul yourself" From Gerard McCurley
Clane (Clean) = Complete, total. 'He cut the hair
clane aff him' From Terence Donnelly
Clart: Dirty person.
Clart - a foolish person - an idiot - " Yon boy theres
a fierce clart". Can also be used affectionately. From Paul Logan.
Clash: Tell tales.
'Don't you go clashin' til the teacher.'
Clash: To hit with an open hand. From Gordon Curry
Clashbeg: A telltale. (milder than tout).
Class: Adjective very good,
brilliant. From: Sally Kelly
Clat, clatty - meaning filth, filthy, extremely dirty.
"Luk at the clat o' yer man." From: Johnny
Clatter: An undetermined number.
'Away and git us a clatter o' wee buns.'
Clean: Very ie "He just went clean mad!"
trans. "He lost his temper". From: Sally Kelly
Cleek: a hook for hanging things on. From anon
Clegg. as in bejeezzes son thon will come up like
a bap after that wee clegg bit ye. (i think it means horsefly). From:
Clem: stupid person. 'Thon boy's a pure clem.' Widely
used in North Antrim. From: Peter McCullagh.
Clift: fool, idiot. 'He's an awful clift with a drop
of drink in him.' From: JP Devlin.
Clinch. When playing `cheezers', if the strings become
entangled, the first one to shout `clinch' gets the next shot. From
Clipe/klipe: A telltale (like clashbeg). From Gordon
Dominic Campbell adds: Clipe is also used to mean lump or swathe. eg:
'He was cuttin' clipes off the door.'
Clipe-clash: a tell-tale. From Ray Thomson
Clobber - 'I will clobber you one if you're not careful.'
Clock: To sit in a very settled way.
'She's bin clockin' in front of that fire all day.'
'Ah think ah'll just clock at home the night.'
Clock: a large black beetle. From John Sloan
Clod: To throw things (like stones and half-bricks).
'Stap yer cloddin, y'll have somebody's eye out'
Cloggin. Driving fast,"boy, he's really cloggin"
From: John Maze
Cloot: Left-handed. From Robert
Close - Humid, "Its wile close the day, the sweat's
drippin af me" From Johnny Dallas
Coal hole..grim space under the stairs and accessed
from the scullery.....per Sandy Row From Gruff
Coat-puller. A person who is always cadging drink
or cigarettes in a bar."Hey Mac, buy us a drink, have ye a feg
on ye From: Farnsbarn
Cod: Joke, joker. Foolish individual.
'Ach sure, ah was only coddin', so ah was.'
'Calm down, it was only an oul cod.'
'He was tryin' to make a cod outta me.'
Codology: Nonsense. From Brian
Cog: To copy or sneak a peak at someone else's work/to
plagarise. From: Sally Kelly
Coggly: Wobbly, unsteady.
'This table's all coggly, let's sit over there.'
'M'bike's got a coggly wheel, so it does.'
Collogue: Talk in a conspiratorial or scheming way.
'Them two's always colloguin' round the coffee machine.'
Coof - person who acts in a foolish manner. Eg. "wud
ya quit actin' the coof!" From: Dale
Coogly: meaning wobbly, unsteady as in: 'boys, thon
table leg is gay coogly. North Antrim origins. From: Pete.
Coorse christian: Rough character (generally affectionate).
Coort - to go out with (as boyfriend and girlfriend)
- and sometimes more. "those two are coortin' now" "he
used to coort her" "they were coortin' behind the bike sheid"
From: Mark - See Court
Cop: Realise. He never copped on when the table cowped.
From Ruairí Co.Down
Coulrife: Someone who never feels warm, feeling cold
all the time.
'She's that coulrife she nivver takes her coat aff.'
'He's an oul coulrife, y'd better put the heating on.'
Coupon: Face. As in "he's a bit rough around
the coupon", he's rough looking. From Andi
Court- encounter some romance, get a bit of lovin
"Did you get a wee court at the weekend?" From: Stephen from
Cowbeg - Not a nice person. Ya wee cowbeg ye!! From:
Cowl: Northern Irish for 'cold'. From: Sally Kelly
Cowp: To fall over, to cause something to fall over.
'Mind yerself or y'll cowp.'
'Cowp thon on til its side til we hav a wee luk.'
Crabbed: Tetchy, irritable, bad tempered, petulant.
From: Sally Kelly
Crabbit: bad tempered, cross as in "he's a crabbit
'oul get" (the sort of person who's always girnin' or greetin'
about something) From: John Sloan
Crack: Entertaining chat, fun.
'Ye shudda bin there the crack was great.'
'Ach, he's great crack, so he is.'
NB. Sometimes spelt craic these days in the mistaken belief that the
word is Irish in origin, because of its popularity in Ireland as a word
and a concept, but the word is English in origin. It fell out of use
in English in England but was preserved in Irish and Scottish English.
Mark Kelly adds: I think someone has this definition VERY wrong - i
suggest looking up craic and the timeline in what it originated in the
irish language - long bfore it was used in english.
Craitur: Alternative to crathur- "Ach ye puir
wee craitur!" From: Stephen Hewitt
Crathur - person for whom one feels pity, usually
"och the poor wee crathur". From: JP Devlin.
Crather - A drop of the crather: a drink of poteen.
From: Bill Dill
Cub - small boy
Culchie - someone from the country like a farmer.
From Louis Hawthorne
Cursin, foul language. 'Quit yer cursin or I'll hit
ye a slap.' From: Donna Knapper.
Cut: Mortified, embarrassed.
'Ah was nivver so cut in all m'born days.'
'God love her, she was all cut.'
Cut: 1. shape, condition or lack of. eg: "Wud
ye luk at the cut o' that? It's got neither shape nor make till it."
2. length, extent. eg: "He missed the bus, so he walked the whole
cut." From Dominic Campbell
Cute: Shrewd, clever, wily. From: Sally Kelly
Cuttin': Feeling/going ie "How's she cuttin'?"
Snide, abrupt, blunt, brusque. From: Sally Kelly
Cutty: meaning a wee girl From: Joanne
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