Dab-hand relates to proficiency. 'He's a dab-hand
at hangin' paper' From: Sian Ferguson
'Dander down til the bakery and git us a wee lodger's loaf and a bap.'
'She's away for a bittava dander, t'git her head sharred.'
Dandlin' - Bouncing a child on a knee. From Bill Dill
Dayin: Doing - as in 'I'm no dayin that!' or 'What
are ye dayin?' From: Joanne
Dead - very. "that's dead nice" From m
Dead end (to take one's): Amused, entertained.
'I take m'dead end at that Ricky Gervais fella, so ah do.'
Dead on: Ok.
'Left a bit, that's dead on ni.' 'Ach, he's dead on, so he is.' 'Dead
on, mate.' Note: A change of tone and 'Ay dead on' can mean: 'Who do
you think you are trying to kid?' 'You haven't a chance' or 'Do you
really expect me to believe that?'
Deadly: in Lurgan always means difficult, not excellent
or fantastic. e.g. "That computer game's deadly to complete."
Deave: Deafen, annoy with noise, talk or nagging.
'I cudn't stick it in there, ah was near deaved.'
Decko - to have a quick furtive look. Have a wee decko
out there an see if ma da's coming
Deid on: Ulster Scots North Antrim for dead on. From:
Delph: Crockery. Little-used now, except in the expression
'thon fella'll not break much delph', meaning he'll not make much of
Delph missin.. meaning teeth missing. From Des (Someone
with no teeth would be described as having all their delph missin' or
as not having a bar in their grate - Ed)
Desbert - How awful. From Kevin
'That's a desperate cold y've got there.'
'This party's desperate, I'm goin' home.'
Devalve - shut up, take a breath
'he never devalves' From: John.
Dial meaning face. You'll get a punch the dial so
you will. From Des
Diddies - large breasts. From Al.
Diddler - person (usually male) of questionable morals;
swindler; chancer. Also vb; to diddle. From Gayle
Dig meaning punch. Gi him a dig in the gub. From:
'There's a coupla wee dinges in it but it's drivin' well'. Dominic
Campbell adds: Dinge is also used in the expression "Don't put
a dinge on her" ie: don't get her in the family way.
Dingin - I'll ge'ye a dingin lug, so I will. I will
hit you on the ear, making it ring. From: Bill
Dinny: unsure, I dinny know where the bog is, (I dont
know where the toilet is) Mostly used in North Antrim. From Sarah Jessica
Disabells: (Tyrone):old clothes used for working or
relaxing in "he called so early in the morning and me only in my
disabells" - probably from the French habiller, to dress. From:
Pat adds - old clothes, pyjamas. This is a word my mum, from Newry,
used to describe what I was wearing most of the time. Definitely not
clothes you could be seen in company with.
'The world is ill-divid.'
Dobbing: playing truant from school (Derry City) From:
Dodgy: Sly, disreputable, of questionable character/morals.
From: Sally Kelly
Doin a line: Nothing to do with drugs. Going out with,
'Sure, did ye nat hear? She's bin doin a line wi him at the tap o the
street this weeks.'
Doing the Double: To receive unemployment benefit
fradulently ie whilst working or in employment. From: Sally Kelly
Donkey: Fringe. -"wud ye look at the hack of
that wee fella's donkey" as in poor cut. From: Julie Craig
Donkeys (Ages) - A long period of time. 'How's it
goin? I haven't seen ye in Donkey's! From: Terence Donnelly
Donkey's lug: A coconut finger, a kind of bread roll
with a coconut topping. See also lug. From: Gavin
Done out: worn out, exhausted. eg: "Don't be
bothering yer morr - can't ye see she's done out?" From Dominic
Doofer: when someone dosnt know or cant remember what
an item or article is called ?? - give us that doofer over there til
i sort this out! From: Jim Turkington
Doorsteps: thick sandwiches in your piece. From anon.
Dootsie- not in fashion- 'that dress is wile dootsie'
Dornix - disorganised person (esp. in L'derry). "Sure
yon boy's a dornix" From Andy.
Dose: Disparaging term for an extremely wearing, annoying
person ie "Isn't yer man a real dose!". From: Sally Kelly
Dote; as in 'aren't you a wee dote'. Said when admiring
new baby or small child. From Kathleen Mallon
Doubt - The verb "to doubt" is used in the
sense of "to suspect". "I doubt he's not comin'"
Dozer: Lazy, sloppy, careless or dim person. Usually
expressed in the negative: 'He's no dozer.'
Drachy: (Pron. draky) Cold and wet (weather). From:
Dreagh day - A day of fine drizzle. From Bill Dill
Drink o' water: an undernourished-looking ineffectual
person. "There's not much harm in him; sure he's only a big long
drink o'water". From Dominic Campbell
Drooth: Thirst - 'Jaze, Ah've a wile drooth on me'.
Dry Boke: To feel particularly stomach churned.
From: Sally Kelly
Dub - puddle
'Mind ye don't step in yon dub' From: John
Duckies: fist size stones ("they were firin'
duckies at the peelers") From: Fiona Chambers
Duhill/Duhal: A mound of rubbish/a midden; used also
to describe a large or overweight untidy person. From: Sally Kelly #
Duke: (look out the window or door) as in 'have a
wee duke out the window.' From Lilian Tinsley. (see also jouk)
Duncher meaning cap.I have worn the same duncher for
years. From Des
Dunder: Bang noisily.
'Y'll need til give thon door a right dunder, her oul hearin's not
Dunderin-in: Shabby, dilapidated place.
'Ah'm stayin' here, it's nathin but an oul dunderin-in, so it's nat.'
Dunging out: He gave the place a good dunging out,
meaning the cleaned it well. From: Des Hamill
Dunt: Blow, thump.
'Give it a wee dunt wi the heel o' yer hand.'
'He hit him a quare dunt, so he did.' Dominic Campbell adds: Dunch,
variant of dunt. eg: "The master gave me a quare dunch when he
came in, and scattered all round him"
Dwamel: A weak turn, fainting fit (usually prefixed
with 'wee' for small ie "She took a wee dwamel the other day".
From: Sally Kelly
Dwamy...unsteady on your feet.
'I can't go out I'm a bit dwamy the day.' From: Gloria Galway.
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