Targe: A scold, a battleaxe.
'She's a right oul' targe, that one.'
Taws: A strap made of leather. Used for corporal punishment,
sharpening open razor etc. Not in widespread use any more. Dominic Campbell
adds: Taws is also used to mean marbles.: "Let's play (a game of)
taws". Also used to mean testicles: "He cud do with a good
kick in the taws"
Teem: Drain off water.
'Teem the spuds and mash in the scallions, will ye.'
'I couldn't watch Bambi, it's terrible sad.'
Through-other: Chaotic, untidy, confused, disorganised.
'He's the most through-other bein' that God ever made.'
'Thon place is terrible through-other, I don't know how they keep goin'.'
Thee: The number after two. Probably an inherited
pronunciation from Irish speakers trying to cope with unfamilar consonants
when they had to rapidly switch to speaking English.
Thick: Friendly, close.
'Them two's been quare 'n' thick this years.'
'See thon one thonder, he's my brorr.' Pronounced with a th sound closer
to that in the than in thick.
Thonder: Over there. See above.
'Ah'm away til the bookies, so ah am.'
Totie: Emphasises the smallness of something.
'Ach, it was only a totie, wee cake, so it was. It'll make no difference
Tuk bad: Fell ill.
'He tuk bad and had til be tuk til the Mater.' Dominic Campbell adds:
Tuk bad is also used when a woman goes into labour.
'She was rared a Protestant but she turned when she got married, so
Tundish: A funnel, of the sort you'd use to pour petrol
into your car for example.
Twig: Understand, comprehend.
'Sure, I twigged right away what he was at but I never let on.'
Trig / Trigged - You're looking quare & trig today
in your new outfit
That coat of paint fair trigged up the house From: Ethna Middleton
Teeshy paper. Tissue paper, "Give us some teeshy
paper 'til a wrap up his present" From: Farnsbarn
Thatch - Hair. "comb yer thatch before yah go
out" From: Farnsbarn
This years- for many years. "A havn' seen him
this years." From:
Teeshie. Pet name for Patricia From: John
Tick - Credit, hence the sign in the corner shop `BROKEN
CLOCK-NO TICK'. From: Farnsbarn
Thick - in Downpatrick area can also mean 'easily riled'
or 'on a short fuse'. From: Jim
Towpad. A path beside the river Lagan, where horses
towed the barges, also where young couples walked on a Sunday evening.
From John Maze
Ticket - someone who has acted foolishly. From - Kris
Till: Half open. Leave the wee door till, and pull
the big door after ye! From: John Maze
That's sickening, it would give yee the Jandies: Better
known as Jaundice, a disease of the Liver. From: John Straney
Tummler - glass (as in tummler o' milk). From: Mark
Tankin It. A Person Layin over the tank of a moterbike
going at great speed. From: Donna Knapper
This weather: these days, e.g. "We're coming
down in cards this weather, so we are." From: Luke Robinson
Tovy or tovie - my granny's word for someone who has
a high opinion of themselves - I use it regularly - ' shes a tovy wee
article ' From: Jean Elliott
Tansad: a pushchair. From Barb Redman
Tear - (rhymes with care) A drinking spree - He was
on the tear all week end. From Harold Walmsley
Tarra =Terrible. e.g. 'Ach that's tarra about yer
wee man dyin the other day. Tarra all together.' From: Terence Donnelly
That there: (Newry) that is usually followed by there
in that there town. From Robert.
Thaveless - useless. From Jean Elliot
Tartles - clothes, especially old clothes "I'm
going out to the garden on my old tartles". From
Teemin'- Raining. It's teemin', rainin' cats an' dogs
so it is. From Rex
Tinker - rascal -usually used to describe a spoiled
bad behaved child "She's a bad wee tinker so she is". From
Toul - a Belfast towel. From Glynis
Turmit: Turnip in country parts of Tyrone. From: Nigel
Towe rag: Pronounced toe rag, describes a very nasty
person probably from the spinning industry as teaseing towe was an unpleasent
task. From Sian Ferguson.
Roy Smyth adds: tow rag pronounced as written but derived from the word
touareg, a desert dwelling arab warrior
Thole: put up with. 'You'll just have to thole the
pain.' From Linda
Thran - commonly used to describe someone of a stubborn
nature e.g. "He knows he was wrong, but he's too thran to apologise"
From: Roland McIntyre. Paavo adds: used of a person to mean uncooperative,
Tube: Idiot. From: Brian
Taty-Farl: 'Potato bread' as in 'Ge'es a bit o' taty-farl'.
Thaefullus - weak
'He gave a thaefullus excuse for not coming'
Also can mean embarrassed: 'I was thaefullus at him' meaning I felt
embarrassed for him. From Eleanor Ebrahim
Teeming refers to heavy rain
'It's teeming down outside' (why we have to confirm it's outside I don't
know because I've never seen it inside) From: Sian Ferguson
Tout - to tell the authorities, or person who tells
the authorities. Ranges from telling the teacher about a bullying or
misbehaving classmate to passing information to the police about paramilitary
colleagues. "Don't tell him anything, he's a tout"; "Did
you tout on me?" From: Mark
Tovie - a conceited person who thinks a lot of himself.
'They were always very tovie. To tove - boast about yourself or your
family. From Eleanor Ebrahim
Traipse - dawdle or dander. 'she traipsed up the toen
to get her messages' From: David Graham
Thran: difficult, stubborn. 'That wee girl is wild
thran, she won't do nothing she is told.' From Christopher Cowan.
Themins. Those people. From: Anon.
Tastie - he's a rare tastie worker/ he's very tastie
meaning to be be neat and tidy workman, good at his job. From: Mary.
'That's a wild bad smell, it would tummel a horse.' From Gloria Galway.
Thrapple: to choke. 'he nearly thrappled me so he
did.' From Des.
Turn as in funny. He was a quare turn so he was. From:
Turn. He tuk a wee turn. He became ill. From: Anncestor
Tea Leaf = to steal something. "ack he tea-leafed
it" From Steph.
Talent: Good looking, attractive people ie "Was
there any talent in the bar last night?" From: Sally Kelly
Tap: To beg money, to scrounge or ask for a loan ie
"He tapped a fiver off me last night" From: Sally Kelly
Irish for today. From: Sally Kelly
Themorra: Northern Irish for tomorrow.
From: Sally Kelly
There now: At present/the present time ie "He
left the house there now."
From: Sally Kelly
Thick: Stubborn, headstrong/petulant, sulky, peevish.
From: Sally Kelly
Thole: To bear, tolerate, put up with. From: Sally
Thon: That, place, person, thing further removed. From:
Thonner/thonder: Over there, yonder. From: Sally Kelly
Thran: Stubborn, cranky, obstinate. From: Sally Kelly
Through-going: Naughty, mishievious. From: Sally Kelly
Through-other: Untidy, unkempt, with no sense of order.
From: Sally Kelly
Throw the broad on her: To do a handbrake turn on a
bicycle. From: Sally Kelly
Tight: Miserly, mean, small minded. From: Sally Kelly
To bog the arm in: To take advantage of/to take more
than your fair share. From: Sally Kelly
To fit you better: To be in one's better/best interests
ie 'It would fit you better if you went home early!' From: Sally Kelly
Tonic: A delightful person, someone who is good company
ie "She/he's a tonic" From: Sally Kelly
Turf moul': Remnants of turf/peats - gritty substance
at the bottom of the turf bucket. From: Sally Kelly
Twisted: Drunk, inebriated. From: Sally Kelly
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