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Somerset dictionary: A to M

Roger Evans
The greater majority of the words below are in common use today. Many, however, may only be heard in isolated parts of Somerset and some are no longer in modern day usage.

Somerset dictionary: A-M:
SomersetEnglishAdditional Comments
Aah and aarrYes(eg: well aah)
AckerFriend
AdderAfter
AddleA pus-filled swelling
AddledGone off (as in a bad egg)
AgainAgainst
AgenAgain
AggyGather eggs(eg: I be gwain aggy)
AginAgainst
AgonGone
AiyerAir
AlasadaizeyAlackaday, alas
AleA weak beer, generally meaning it had fewer than five bushels of malt per hogshead
AliceUlcer
AllusAlways
Anigh, anearNearby
'AnkicherHandkerchief
'AmmeredDrunk
AmperPimple
Ann SummerMore handsome
AnyhroadAnyway
AnywhenAnytime
Apiggy backCarried on shoulders, as for a child
AppleplexusApoplexy
ApricockApricot
ApseAbcess
ApseHasp, fasten
ApsenMade from the wood of the Aspen tree
Arg or ArgifyArgue
Art'noonAfternoon
Ass backwardsBack to front
AstAsked
AstoodedSunk into the ground
AthirtAcross
AuverOver
AveardAfraid
AvordAfford
AvoreBefore
AwakidAwake
Awmos 'Almost
Awrigh 'Alright
AxAsk
AyeardHeard
Back houseOut house
BackalongSometime ago
BadeBed
BaillyBailiff
BaintIs not
BallyragTo scold, tell off especially with foul language
Bandy legsCrooked legs
BatchHillock
BavenFaggot of unprepared twigs and branches
BecallTell off
BedstickStick used for bed turning, especially feather beds
BeerA woodland suitable for feeding pigs on acorns and beechnuts
Beesom, bessomBroom made of twigs
BegrumpledOffended
BegurgeBegrudge
BeknownKnown about
BenaptLeft high and dry by the tide
BestestBest
BetwaddledConfused
BibberShiver
BibblerA drinker
BiddleBeetle
BideStay
BidenStaying
BinBeen
BirchenMade of birch wood
BisgheeAxe for removing tree roots
BissenAre not
BistAre
Bit and drapMeal
BlatherFuss, uproar
Blind Buck and DavyBlind Man's Bluff
BobbishIn full health and high spirits
Bog balerLong-handled scoop for emptying outdoor toilets
Bog houseToilet
Bone shaveSciatica
BoreTidal wave, especially on the River Severn and River Parrett
BorridA sow ready to receive the boar
'BoutAbout
BowSmall arched bridge
BrassenMade of brass
BrezePress down
BrickleBrittle
Brown kitties or Brown TitusBronchitis
BrucklyBrittle, crumbly, falls apart easily
Bucket and chuck itThe outdoor toilet
Bull-beggarHobgoblin
Bundle alongBound rapidly
Buppo or Bup-horseStick with a horse's head handle
BwileTo boil
By me byBy and by
Cack-handedLeft-handed
CaddleConfusion, muddle
CancervellsIcicles
CanneeCan you
CardinAccording
CassenCan not
Cassen theeCan you not
CatcheldyChangeable, indecisive
ChammerChamber
ChayerChair
ChimbleyChimney
ChittlensPig's intestines
ChockfulAbsolutely full
ChuffedPleased
Cider ringCider press
Cidered upDrunk
CircooCircle
ClaggyLumpy, muddy, as in heavy clay
ClapseClasp
ClavelFireplace beam
Clavel -tack or clavey-tackShelf over a fireplace beam, a mantlepiece
CleeveSteep slope
Clim, climmerClimb
ClyceRiver or land drain outlet controlled by a valve to let water out but in
CloamPottery
CobMud and straw mix used to build house walls
CombePronounced 'coom', a deep hollow valley
ComferbullComfortable
Cow-babyCoward
CraddlehoodInfancy
Cre-appedCrept
CreemSudden shiver
CripsCrisp (as in sharp)
CrockMetal cooking pot
Croopy downSquat down
CroustyIll-tempered
Cubby holeSmall cupboard
CursmasChristmas
CuzBecause
DabsterExpert
DadderConfuse
Dang IWell, I damned!
DankDamp and dark
DapBoung along
DapsTrainers, plimsoll, plimsole
DarterDaughter
DaverWilt, fall over
Deb'nDevon
DesperdDesperate
DewbitBreakfast
DibsMoney
DiddeeDid you
DiddenDid not
DiddikyRotten, crumbling
DimmetThe period of dusk after sunset
DimpseyHalf lit, at twilight or duskCan also be used to describe partial sight or short sightedness
Din IDidn't I
DinnerDidn't he
DinnumDidn't they
DinnuzDidn't we
DirnUpright post supporting a doorway
Dish o' tayCup of tea
DollopLarge lump
DonninsClothes
Dough bakedSimple(eg: 'e be dough baked)
Dough boysDumplins
DownargTo put down by argument
DraffitVessel in which to collect pig swill
DrangAlleyway
Drash, drasherTresh, thresher
DrashelThreshold
DrauveDrove, a track between fields
DrawedDrawn
DrawtThroat
DreckleySoon
DreeThree
Dre'unThreaten
Dring, dringetTo gather as a crowd, a crowd
DrongNarrow passageway
DrodeThrew
DrooThrough
DroeThrow
DrubBeat, drum out
DrubbinThrashing, beating
Ducks and Drakes, Ducks and MallardsGame of skimming stones over the surface of water
DudderDeafen or confuse with loud noise
DunBrown
DungeryToilet
DurntDare not
EasementRelief
EdificationEducation
'EeYou
'eesYes
EezelfHimself
EllerMischievious child(eg: a righ' little eller)
ElmenMade from elm
EmmetsTourists in large numbers
EmptTo empty out
ErHim or it
EyesoreI saw
Fair t'middlinSo so
Fairy RadeProcession of fairies
FartyForty
Figgety puddin'Plum pudding
FinnikeeFussy
FirndFriend
Fi-yulFile (of soldiers, but not the tool)
FrumpTrump up, falsify
FuddledConfused
GadWhipping stick, for horse riding, or a stake
GafferOld man
GallivantinStraying from home
GalloxGallows
GallyFrighten
GallybeggarBugbear, hobgoblin
GarnGarden
Gate shordPlace for a gate
GawkGape, stare
GhostisizGhosts
Gi'Give
Gi'dGave
GimmacesChains in which a prisoner is hanged
GirninGrinning
GobMouth
GoozegogsGooseberries
GoreTriangular piece of land
GramferGrandfather
GrammerGrandmother
GrockleTourist
Grockle shellsCaravans
Gruff, grufferMine, miner
GulchSwallow fast
GulliversMasked men wearing tall hats and bedecked in ribbonsThey are akin to Morris Dancers and travel with the Hobby Horse in May Day celebrations. They collect money from passers-by
Gurt, girtGreat
Gurt big dollopLarge lump
GwainGoing
Gwains onAffairs, unacceptable behaviour
GwonGone
HaafHalf
Hag-rodBewitched
Hang gallisFit for hanging, villainous
HanglesFire crookA hanging rod with teeth at intervals from which a cooking pot can be hung at different heights
HapsFasten
Hard CheddarBad luck
HassenHaven't
Hassen theeHaven't you
Hele, hellTo pour
Hele tapResidue left after pouring
HellierRoof tiler
Here awayHereabouts
HickHop on one leg
HirchesRiches
HizzenHis own
HobblersMen who haul and moor boats by rope
Hold wi'Agree with
HollerA hollow
HollerdayHoliday
HolmanMade of Holm Oak
Hoppy CoughHooping cough
HornenMade of horn
HullerburrlooA noisy confusion
HulveTurn or tip over
Hunky punksWill-o-the-wisps, the souls of unbaptized children
Hurdy 'eadRed head
IddenIsn't
InflurmayshunInflamation
Inner, InsheeIsn't he, isn't she
Jack-o-lanternsWill-o-the-wisps, the souls of unbaptized children
JaundersThe jaundice
JisJust
KeckerWindpipe
KeepLarge basket
KeeveLarge vessel used in brewing
KirsmasChristmas
KirsenChristen
Kittle SmockSmock frock
Lamb's woolMulled ale with spiced apple
LamegerCrippled
LantsSand Eels
LarnTeach
LartWooden flooring
LeastwaysAnyhow
LeatWater channel to supply a mill
Leb'mEleven
LewSheltered from the wind
LightsLungs
Lookzee, lookeezeePay attention
LookzoSo it appears
LugLong heavy pole
MaisterMister
MaizedMad, insane
Manchit, ManchipJam-filled rolled pastryIt's almost unique to Bridgwater
MangMix
MarnenMorning
MeachPlay truant from school
MellMeddle
MidMight (verb)
MidlenFairly well
MiffCause offence
MindRemember(eg: I d'mind my childhood)
MindedInclined
MommetsEffigies
MoteSmall piece
Mucker, Ole muckerFriend, friend of long standing
Mud horseA type of sled with a ski-shaped base and wicker basketUsed on the Somerset coast for fishing
MugglinStruggling
MumperBeggar
MussenMust not

last updated: 26/10/05
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