Haker: Large portion of stone or piece of brick. From
Half-un: A shot of spirits whiskey, vodka etc. 'Want
a wee half-un there to go along with yer pint hi boy?' From: Terence
Half tore, half cut: Drunk.
Hallion: Tearaway, good-for-nothing.
'Thon's a right shar o' hallions she's rarin'.'
Hames: A mess or an inept person - 'Ye made a right
hames uh that'. 'He's a hames yer man' From: Brian
Hammered: Drunk, inebriated. From: Sally
Handlin' - general term used to describe the gravity
of a situation.
'It's some handlin' I tell ye.' From: JP Devlin.
Hankie ball - a ball made of rags used when no other
kind was available. From Des
Hansel. When a handbag, purse, or wallet was given
as a gift a small sum of money was put in e.g. 50p . This money was
the hansel. From: Linda
Harpin'. Go away an' give ma head pace, yer always
harpin on about somethin'. Name - Farnsbarn
Harpin on. Meaning to keep on discussing a point even
though it has been resolved. Example don,t keeping harping on about
it. From Des
Harp six: meaning to fall. 'If you don't watch yourself
you'll go harp six'. From D'Anne
Happed up: Well-wrapped up.
'Don't be goin' out there if y're not well happed up.'
Dominic Campbell adds: Well-happed is used on its own. "Yer lukin'
well happed this weather, boy, it wud skin ye"
Happy Days!: (exlamation) excellent, brilliant. Stephen
Hat meaning foreman or manager. likely because foreman
and managers used to wear bowler type hats especially in Harland and
Wolff. From: Des
Haughlin': walking about aimlessly, he was haughlin
about. From Billy McBryde, Brisbane
Haveril - pronounced have eril meaning a big lazy
person."you big haveril you". From Mary Kennedy.
Have'ne - Haven't (Ulster Scots) From: Andrew Boyce
He's a head on im lak a Cassidy Skip - He is big-headed
(Used a lot in Lurgan) From: Blain
He was givin' her a dixie - Can mean that he was driving
fast or he was arguing ferociously. From: Blain
Head staggers - momentary panic. From Mickey Dundun
Head-the-ball: A nutter. From: Brian
Heap: A large portion/amount (usually when referring
to food). From: Sally Kelly
Hear dear anyway... I will continue. From Danny Corr
Hectic - not fair From: Chris
Heel: throw out. "There was mould on the stew,
so she heeled it into the bin" From Dominic Campbell
Heel - to tip a wheelbarrow. From anon
Heels is also used to describe the slices at the end
of the loaf. From Shelley Donaldson. (Ed's note: a good thick heel of
plain bread toasted and slathered in butter is hard to beat!).
Heeding. Meaning listening. 'He is not heeding one
word you say.' From: Des
Heeling on - driving speedily. From: Sharon.
Heft - Carry, "Heft that up thur'!" see
lug. From: Marty
Hefted: To be in great need for the toilet. From: Sally
Heifer: someone large in stature. 'That big heifer'll
not fit through that door.' From Donna Knapper.
Hell's Blazes - rural way to say 'That's very unfortunate'
or 'Goodness me, things have taken a turn for the worse. Similarly Hell
Roast It. From: Noel O'Rawe
Here's. Used as 'I said' 'he said'. Here's me 'giveus
that soda' and here's yer man 'Catch yerself on'. From Marty
Hersil - only ever heard this one when a new baby
wheezes as it breathes - 'Ah, the poor wee chile's got a hersil'. From:
Hi, apart from when it is used by yuppies to say 'hello'
can have a few uses:
'Hi! whadda ye doin?' In this instance 'hi' is exclamatory. 'What about
ye, hi?' Here, it means nothing. Derry people say 'hi' a lot. From:
High heid yins: those in authority, management,people
in the know. From: Anon
Hilt nor hair: Not a sign.
'Ah've seen neither hilt nor hair of 'im since Christmas.'
'Fit? Ah cudn't even get them up over m'hinches!'
Hingin: too big for you. 'That's hingin aff ya!' From:
Hippen - nappy. From: Hugh
Hirple: Hobble or walk with a limp or unevenly. Don't
let anyone tell you there is no word that rhymes with purple.
Hobble: A dilemma/disaster. From: Sally Kelly
Hogo (Tyrone): a stench, usually from lack of personal
hygiene. eg: "You could've smelt the hogo a mile off!" From:
Hoke: Scoop out, root around.
'Hoke out thon fire for us, will ye?'
'Have a wee hoke in m'beg, there might be a few odds in it.'
"Wid you quit hoking in there!" From: Roisin Muldoon
Hood - delinquent, criminal, (sometimes) member of
(particularly loyalist) paramilitary group. One of the most common pieces
of graffiti in Belfast reads "UTH", which has nothing to do
with long life milk but stands for "Up The Hoods". From: Mark
Hoof - Kick powerfully, "Hoof that ball over
the bar" From: Marty
Hoof - meaning walk. 'I had to hoof up the hill.' From
Hoof (it): To run off or away, usually in escape from
From: Sally Kelly
Hooley: A party/celebration or drinking
spree. From: Sally Kelly
Hot: Description of any goods that may be suspected
as stolen or of dubious origin. From: Sally Kelly
Hot Press - airing cupboard. Possibly shared with
parts of Scotland: a 'press' being a cupboard, therefore the Hot Press
being the airing cupboard. From: Stephen Gowdy
Houl on: meaning take your time. From: Des
Houl on d'yer drawers - Don't be in such a hurry. From:
Houl yer whist - Be quiet, don't butt in
Hoult : hold, as in "Get a hoult o' that heiffer
before she gets out onto the road". From Dominic Campbell
Housecoat: dressing gown. From William
Howl your weesht - shut your mouth (hold your tongue).
Huff: To sulk or behave in a petulant, broody manner.
From: Sally Kelly
Hump: A sulk, brood or mope. From: Sally
Hunderd - 100% 'Well how ye doin Jimmy? Am a hunderd
so I am.' From Terence Donnelly
'There were no seats so ah had to sit on m'hunkers.'
Dominic Campbell adds: Hunker is also used as a verb to mean squat,
eg: "He hunkered down to lift the box". Patrick McWilliams
adds: Isn't "hunkers" the Belfast way of saying "haunches",
i.e. the top of your legs/backside?
Hummin - smelly, unwashed. From: Barbara
Hur dur! (here, dear!) Like 'oh gosh!' As in being
told something that's hard to believe. From: Andi
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