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Face: Another word for a kiss. From John Mulholland

Facin' (facing). meaning: going out with, or attempting to go out with someone. eg: "Who are ye facin' this weather?" or "Did ye face her the other night?" From: Dominic Campbell

 

Fadge: Home-made bread, very like a large scone, with a cross cut in the top, some areas use it for potato bread. From Leda.

 

Faffin' (about): Wasting time, to engage in procrastination. From: Sally Kelly

 

Failed: In ill health.
'She's quare 'n' failed lukkin.'

'He's very failed since the operation.'

OR:

Failed: lost weight. Opposite: Well Meant: gained weight
(Last time I seen him he was failed but now he's well meant.) From: Florence McBryde

 

Fair spittin': Very, very, very angry, irate. From: Sally Kelly

 

Faired. It's stopped raining. It's faired. From: Linda

 

Fally. Follow,"you go on, an I'll fally ye" From: John

 

Famished, to be hungry for food. 'I'm famished, gie iz a bite ta eat, daughter.' From: Donna Knapper.

Famished, also 'I'm fammished with the cold', as extremely cold. From: R. Kennedy

 

Fank: Entangle, knot, twist, snarl ie "The rope is all fanked up". From:
Sally Kelly

 

Far-through: Exhausted, weak, emotionally drained/hung over. From: Sally Kelly

 

Fash: To overindulge, to tire or become jaded especially in relation to food From: Sally Kelly

 

Feard: afraid 'I'm feard o' that auld dug'. From Jean Elliott

 

Feardie: Coward, timid person.

 

Fedge: north Antrim pronounciation of fadge (potato bread). From: Wayne Kerr

 

Feds as in "Quick hide the fire works in your van the Feds are coming." affectionate term for the PSNI especially around Nutts Corner market. From Kevin Mac

 

Feed: A lot, particularly 'a feed of pints'. From Brian

Dominic Campbell adds: Feed: more examples: "He's had a right feed o'drink last night" or "I'm dyin' for a good feed"


Feg: Cigarette. "Hey, have ye a feg on ye? From - Farnsbarn

 

Fierce - meaning very. "That's a fierce heat, would somebody open a winda" From: Johnny Dallas


Figgaries: Small delightful things (can be either trinkets or sweets/fancy foodstuffs. From: Sally Kelly

Figure: light summer clothes.

'Thon's one gorgeous day, everybody's out in their figures.'

 

Fine Gubbit. As in the statement: Your ower fine gubbit. Meaning a Fussy picky eater. From Valerie Davidson

 

Finitched: statement of completion ie "Ma can I go out, I've finitched ma tea?" From: Anto McCrory

 

Fireboard - the mantlepiece. From Mags

 

Firemagade: Fire Engine. From Danny Corr

 

Fissle: Make rustling noise of the sort that people make unwrapping sweets at the theatre.

'Where's all that fisslin' comin' from? It's puttin' my head away.'

 

Fit: Attractive/pretty/pleasing on the eye. From: Sally Kelly

 

Flannin: Facecloth.

 

Flash: To distribute or share cigarettes. From: Sally Kelly

 

Flies graveyard - another name for the old fave the currant square in yer bag of wee buns. From Jim turkington / Alan rix


Floof: To cry, sob or whine (especially a display of emotion following too much alcohol). From: Sally Kelly

Fly man: Untrustworthy person, dodgy character.

'Keep yer eye on that one, he's a bittava fly man.'

Dominic Campbell adds: Fly boy: as per 'Fly man'. eg: "That there's a fly boy, he'd take the eye outta yer head"



Fog aw spuds: Quite a number of potatoes. From: Sally Kelly

 

Foobarred: 'The cars foobarred' its broken, wrecked. From Davie P


Foosey: Pronunced like 'pussey' meaning sweet treats ie cakes, biscuits,something nice and tasty. heard in the context of grannys fussey cupboard Ballinamallard. From - Sian Ferguson

Foot: Term used to describe arranging turf/peat to aid the drying process
From: Sally Kelly

 

Footer: Potter, dabble.
To meddle or fuss about without actually getting anything meaningful done. From: Sally Kelly

'Ah spent the whole day just footerin' about.'

'He spends all his time footerin' wi them oul cars.'

Dominic Campbell adds: Footer; used as a noun, denotes clumsiness. eg:"Don't let him fix your watch, he's only an oul footer, and he'll wreck it"

 

For by: As well as.

'Ah'll have a wee carton of peas for by the fish supper.'

 

For it: in trouble. You'll be for it if they catch ye. From: Brian Lynes

 

Fornenst: 1. Opposite, in front of.

'Waddya mean ye can't find it? Sure, it's right there, fornenst ye!'
2. In the future.

'Sure, y'nivver know what's fornenst ye.'

Dominic Campbell adds: Fornent, variant of fornenst, same meaning. eg: "He got a hiding fornent the class"

 

For til/ for to: To, in order to.

'Ah need that for til wash the dog.'

Forty Faces: A term used to describe someone who engages in duplicitous, slanderous discussion about other people. From: Sally Kelly

Fother: To feed or provide fodder to livestock. From: Sally Kelly

Foundered: Cold, chilled.

"I was foundered after working outside all day!". From: Sally Kelly


Frankie: Belfast person (from coastal Co. Down) Cormac O'Prey


Fraggle: Hippy type female/girl who wears boho chic/ethnic retro type clothing. From: Sally Kelly

Full: Drunk.

'He came home full last night again.'


Fur hatchet: not particularly attractive i.e. 'Shes got a face on her like a fur hatchet' From: Kelly Smith

Futtery: Fiddly (e.g. I can hardly see in your ear - it's a bit futtery). From: Julia Robinson


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