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Wee 'uns, weans: Small childer.

 

Want: Deficiency.

'God love 'im, there's a wee want there.'

 

Wait on us: Wait for me.

'Ah've been waitin' on the bus for half an hour.' 'Wait on us, will ye.'

 

Wheeked: Snatched.

'He wheeked it outa m'hand before ah cud see what it was.'

 

Willicks: Shellfish, usually boiled and eaten by drawing out the flesh with a pin.

 

Windy: Window. Also pronounced winda.

 

Wire: High opinion. 'He has a quare wire about himself, thinks he's the fella in the big picture.'

 

Wur/Wir: Our.

'What's for wur tea, ma?'


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Willick - Slang for nose, "he's always pickin' his willick." From: Farnsbarn

 

Wringin- soaking wet. From: Stephen Hewitt

 

What! - Indeed! As in, "It was founderin' could last night, wasn't it!"
"Oh! What! Never was as cold" From: Cormac O'Prey


Wing: A penny coin. From: John Maze

 

Weaddiya hear: meaning, 'Listen to me in anticipation of what I am about to say for it is interesting.' Often used in the telling of anecdotes, and as a conversation opener, as in, 'Here, weaddiya hear'. From Denise

Wudn't wipe yer eye: Wouldn't steal from you. From Danny Corr

Wheaker - What a wheaker, big,large,good or great. From: Bill Gwynne

 

Well put on - looking smart. 'Headin tae the meetin hoose of a Sunday morning the childer wur quare an weel put on.' From Jim Murdock

 

Wife - Used ironically meaning unmarried female partner. "Where's the wife the night" From: James Mulholland

 

Willies: "He gives me the willies" He gives me the creeps. He is a weirdo. From: Anncestor

 

Wick - stupid, rubbish. "that's wick" From m

 

Wise the bap - Similar to 'Catch yerself on'. From: Blain

 

Wheen - a small number "In a wheen of days time" or "give me a wheen of those sweets" From: anon

 

Wizened: shrivelled, dried up. As in James Young's line from the Ballymena farmer going to buy a ring for his intended "Why is it all you jewellry men have all wee wizened faces" (Not only peculiar to Ballymena). From Robert

Weesht - A word my da used when he wanted all the kids to listen or be quiet. From Davy Osborne

 

Wringing (or ringing) adj. very wet From Al

 

Welthead. someone who is not quite the full shilling. From Kenny

 

Wrallops (rallops?) : She tore me to wrallops - she criticised me harshly. From A Byrne

 

Walkin' (as Leppin): flea-ridden. "Keep away from that oul' boy, sure he's walkin'" From: Dominic Campbell

 

Wilepile - a lot of something. From Ian

 

Wise up- be reasonable. Also, Wise the bap! From: Daisy

 

Wind yer neck in! - Could you please desist from talking. From: Daisy

 

Wheeker/weaker - good, great, amazing From: Chris

Who ate your bun? meaning what is wrong with you. From: Des Hamill

 

Weren't'n you - were not you/were you not, going to do that? From Jane

 

What about ye?- how are you? 'what about ye kid' From: Ditto

 

Wert - a small person; someone of little consequence. "Don't be lettin thon wee wert borr ye" From: Daisy

 

Wild: Very, as in "It's a wild wet day the day", mostly used in Derry area. From: Alan Armstrong

 

Wile (or wil' as in wild): Adds emphasis to something. "That's a wile expensive book" or "we had a wile good time". I had a lot of friends from the north of RoI and Northern Ireland and they used 'wile' a lot. From: Adrian Murphy

 

Way er that wi ye - expression of disbelief. From Brian.

 

Wet to brew a pot of tea. yorkshire equal mash the tea. From: Sian Ferguson


Wur
: With. "He used to go out wur ar Sharon". From Paul

Wee buns: Easy.'Thon exam was wee buns' From Anon.

 

Wrote - drunk. 'I was wrote aff the map last night.' From JP Devlin.

Wobbler, when someone expresses anger externally. 'He's thrown a wobbler.' From: Donna Knapper.

 

Wee man, a boy's genital area. 'Put yer wee man away.' From Donna Knapper.

 

Windystool. Window sill. From: Anon.

 

Wan - one (mostly in Derry but also used in Tyrone)
'Give us wan o' them sodas'. From JP Devlin

Wadge: A generous piece/slice of a particular foodstuff or thing ie 'Give us a wadge of that cake!' From: Sally Kelly

Wan: Northern Irish for 'one'. From: Sally Kelly

Wee: Small in amount or stature. From: Sally Kelly

Wee Mary Ann: Alcoholic drink comprising vodka and white lemonade. From: sally Kelly

ween: A small amount of something. From: Sally Kelly

well had: Embarrassed to be caught out doing something you shouldn't be doing. From: Sally Kelly

Well Oiled: Drunk, inebriated. From: Sally Kelly

We'un/wane: A small child (Co Derry/Derry City); the youngest in the family. From: Sally Kelly

What about ye?: Greeting meaning "How are you?" (exclusively Derry City); usually abbreviated to 'Bout ye?' From: Sally Kelly

Whole hanlin': Disaster, crisis. From: Sally Kelly

Wick: Uncool, silly, naff. From: Sally Kelly

Wile/wil'/wild: Terrible/disastrous ie 'Oh dear……. that's wile"
wile/wil'/wild superlative usually replaces 'very' ie 'He told a wile funny story'. From: Sally Kelly

Wrecked: Very tired, exhausted (or very embarrassed if you are from Derry City) From: Sally Kelly

Wrecked to the bone: colloquialism. An extension of very embarrassed (see above) - predominately Derry City. From: Sally kelly

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