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Gaawpin = looking or staring 'What are you gaawpin at?' From: Terence Donnelly


Gabshite - referring to someone who talks loudly on a subject he knows nothing about. From: Tyrone


Gack: An uncool, uncultured, unfashionable person. From: Sally Kelly

Gacky: Uncool, not with it, unfashionable, socially unacceptable. From: Sally Kelly


Galouses: Braces, trouser suspenders. From: Sally Kelly

Gam - Person of low intelligence. 'That big gam couldn't tie his own shoelaces.' From: JP Devlin


Ganch: Oaf, ill-mannered person.
Ganch - clumsy awkward person. "stop fallin about the place ye ganch ye" From: Tyrone


Ganzee - pullover or sweater ie 'put that ganzee on or y'll catch a dose' From: David Graham / Gansey - Sweater, Jumper from Donegal/derry area. From Ian McConnell
Gansie: A sweater, jumper , jersey (directly from Gaelic 'geansai'). From: Sally Kelly


Gawkin, to look at someone for a long time. 'Quit gawkin at me will ya.' From: Donna Knapper.


Gawky, would not be called one of the beautiful people today. 'I think he's gawky looking.' From Donna Knapper.


Gebbin/geb: Talking, gossiping.

'Thon one spends half her life gebbin in the street.


Geek: Look with caution or furtively.

'Have a wee geek an' see if he's still there.

Geg, joker, 'Yer a right geg aren't ya.' From R. Kennedy


Geggin: IE, "Are you geggin kid." Meaning, I do believe you are pulling my leg. From: John Gibson


Get off with: To engage in romantic liaisons. From: Sally Kelly

Gipe: A clown; a person [usually young person] who acts in a silly manner, fooling around etc. From: Sally Kelly

Ginny or Ginny Ann - A wimpish boy or a boy given to complaining - "You're acting like a wee ginny ann." From: Danny Ward


Girn: Complain, whinge, cry.

'It's the girnin' child that gets the tit.'


Give er dicksy! meaning to get a move on or shift it. From Christopher

Give off - chastise "oh ma don't give off to me." From: Chloe

Give out:To reprimand, scold, admonish/ to shout in a bad tempered manner. From: Sally Kelly

Give over - be quiet. From: Chloe


Glaked or glakit - Vacant or gormless looking. From Jane


Glar: Sticky mud. Also used to describe anything of a similar sticky consistency.

'C'mere chile, til ah wipe away thon oul glar from yer eye.'

Glar should be spelt "glaur", it comes from Norse for mud. it's Irish equal is "clabber". these are not dialect, they are in the english dictionary. From Gareth

Gleed: clue, sense. eg: "He hasn't a gleed" - He's not clued up. Indicates naivete. From Dominic Campbell


Gleek: to "whick" your glasses on and off frequently, in the manner of Bamber Gascoigne. To be constantly fidgeting. From Leda, Fermanagh
Gleek: To steal a look or take a peek, peep or glimpse. From: Sally Kelly


Glory hole, was a closet (or roof space?) with anything and everything in it. 'You never know what you'd find in that thar glory hole.' From Donna Knapper.


Get: abusive term for a nasty individual(usually a child) as in "He's a crafty wee get, so he is" From: Alan Armstrong.
Stephen Irwin adds: get really means bastard, derived from 'beget' as in 'Serug ... begat Nahor' Genesis 11, 22


Glipe: Uncouth person.


Glunter (or "glunther"): An oversized person with an ungainly way about them. From: Michael Graham


Goat: Term of dispondency...if I goalkeeper lets an easy shot past you'd say 'Hey big lad, you couldn't save stamps, ya GOAT ya!!!!!!!!!' From: Stella Shandy.


Gob - Mouth From: Brian


Gomeril. Stupid person - "Thon fella's a great gomeril, so he is." From: F. Butler


Gonk: A shock, a disappointment, to be rendered speechless ie "I got a quare gonk". From: Sally Kelly

Good gomity: Expression of surprise (from God Almighty) - rare now. From: Brian


Good-livin - pious or very (perhaps overly) religious. From: Stephen Hewitt


Googly: Usually used when describing eyes that are large, protruding and bulging. From: Sally Kelly


Gombeen - Country sharp. From: Brian

Gorb: A greedy person/glutton, a person who consistently overeats. From Sally Kelly

'A'd rarr keep that gorb for a week than a fortnight.'


Goupen: meaning a double handful as in 'given them cattle a goupen o' meal'. From Pete


Gowl: Yell, roar.

'He let up with such a gowl that m'heart near stopped altigerr.'

Gowlder: A loud shout/ roar. From: Sally Kelly

Grand: Good, fine, acceptable ie "That's a grand day". From: Sally Kelly

Gra: Liking - 'He'd a wile gra for the drink'. From Brian

Graip: four pronged fork for digging or lifting manure. From anon

Grass: A telltale, someone who cannot keep their own counsel. From: Sally


Gravy ring - a ring-shaped doughnut. From Sandi Luney.

Great: On friendly terms, well.

'Ach, him and her's been quare 'n' great these years.'

'A'm gettin on great wi that wee job now that ah've got the right tools.'


Great sport: Fun, chat and banter, great enjoyment and laughter. From: Sally Kelly

Greet: to cry (greetin' = crying) as in "He's aalways greetin' aboot somethin'" or as in "greetin' wains" (crying children) From: John Sloan. Leslie Forsythe adds: as a child I was once told, by a Ballymena man, "you're like a Xmas card, you're always greetin'"


Grope. Slang name for the Grosvenor Hall, where they showed films on Friday evenings for a silver collection. From John Maze


Ground: place, locality. eg: "Don't go there, it's a bad ground, that." or for a smart, upmarket area: "It's no ill ground." From: Dominic Campbell


Gub: Mouth (particularly if said mouth is on the large side). From: Sally Kelly

Gubbie: Having a particularly large mouth or toothy smile. From: Sally

Guider: a home made go-kart made with a plank of wood, 4 wheels (usually from a pram) guided by a rope. A boy's toy. Often decorated with bottle-tops, the more the better. From: Linda


Guipe: (unestablished spelling, used in Tyrone, rhymes with guide): Idiot, gullible person. "Sure he's only a guipe". Also used as a verb for wandering around aimlessly. "He was guipin' around the house, lukin for god knows what" From: Dominic Campbell


Gulder: Loud shout.

'He let out a gulder that wud've wakened the dead.'


Gulpin: A fool, clown or oaf. From: Sally Kelly

Person slow on the uptake.
' Sure that gulpin wouldn't know what you're talking about.' From: JP Devlin.

Dominic Campbell adds: Gulpin is often used to describe an uncouth, unmannered person. (esp. in Tyrone) eg: "That's an ignorant gulpin, so he is"


Gunk: Disappointment, letdown.

'He's in for a quare gunk when he finds out.'

Gunk: Also used for shock. From: Brian


Gurrier - Coarse person from Dublin. From Brian.


Gutters meaning dirt mess As in 'dont bring those gutters inti the hoose.' From Jen


Guttie. To accelerate, to speed up, "give er the guttie" From John Maze


Gutties: PE/gym shoes.


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