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Somerset dictionary: N to Z

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: N-Z:
SomersetEnglishAdditional Comments
NappyUneasy
NatchNatural dry cider
NatomyAnatomy, skeleton
Nestle tripeRunt, especially of pigs
NipperSmall boy
NippySharp
NoggerheadIdiot
North eyeSquint eyed
NosebagNosey parker
Nottled, nottlin'Really cold
Nottlins or nettlinsInstines of pigs or calfsThe intestines are tied in knots and boiled for eating
Nummet, nammetConsequences(eg: wha' odds izzit to I? (of what consquence is it to me?))
'OodWould
'OodenWould not
OpeOpening
OurnOurs
OverlookBewitch
OwerOur
PantilesRoof tiles
PargetPlaster the inside of a chimney with cowdung and lime mix
PassenParson
PeartLively
PeerAppear
Pelm or pellumDust (as in pelmet to keep the dust off curtains)
Pew MoanierPneumonia
PillerPillow
The PinsCataracts
PitchTo settle, particularly with snow
Pixie ledSimple minded, crazed
PlimSwell
PoleNape of the neck, as in pole axed
PrivyOutdoor toilet
Privy ladleLong-handled scoop to empty the privy
Puggle 'eadedDrunk, stupidCider drinkers can often be recognised by their rosy faces and inability to articulate. They are then considered puggle 'eaded
PunkiesWill-o-the-wisps, the souls of unbaptized children
PurdyPretty
RaftyRancid
RampinRaving mad
RamshackleRicketty
RawdRode
RayTo dress
ReamWiden out
RevelA wake
RigStruggle with walking
RiseRaise
RumaticsRheumatism
QuagQuagmire
Quarter aledParalysed
QuirkyArgumentative
ScollaredTaught
ScrammedShivering with cold
ScrapeDripping, animal fat when spread on bread
ScudScab
ScrewsRheumatism
Sexton's bonesRheumatism
ShardSlither of wood or metal
ShowerSure
SkagCatch in such a way as to tear
SkimmertonA ride on horseback as a form of ridicule or punishment
Small beerA weak beer, fewer than five bushels of malt per hogshead
SmeechSmoky smelling
SmitchDust cloud
SnoYou know
'SpecExpect
'spoaseSuppose
SpunkiesWill-o-the-wisps, the souls of unbaptized children
StarnStarving
'steadInstead
StummickStomach
SwallerSwallow
TacklackyFootman who runs alongside his master
TampPat down soil
TaitersPotatoes
TetchyIrritable
TharnsThorns
TheesYou
TheezelfYourself
ThikThat
Thiky oneThat one
Thunder boxToilet
ThurThere
TiddenIt isn't
TiddivaleDecorate
TookedTaken
T'otherThe other
TraipseTo tramp around
TrowSailing bargeDesigned for use on the Rivers Severn and Parrett
TruckleA circular piece of wood or metal placed under an object in order to lift and carry it
TurbulTerrible
TutherThe other
TutteySmall bunch of flowers, posy
TwerIt was
TwoantIt won't
T'whirrIt was
T'whirrdunIt was not
'TwooddenIt would not
UmThem, they
UnOne(eg: 'ees a good'un, in'ur? (he is a good one, isn't he?))
UnketUncanny
UnrayUndress
UpArise(eg: she ups and goes)
UrHe, it
'urdyRuddy
UrnRun
UtIt
VadderFather
VarFor(eg: whadee do tha' var? (what did you do that for?))
VardinFarthing
Var'n or vor'nFor him
VastFast
VayerFairAs in a market or funfair, but not as in fair play, which remains as fair
VerkinFirkin, a stone, cider-carrying jar
VineFine or find
VittenFitting
ViveFive
ViyurFire
VloodFlood
VoaksFolk
VollyFollow
VoolFool
VorFor
VowerFour
VorgitForget
Vright'nFrighten
VugBlow with the ebow
VurdurFurther
VurdurmostFurthest
VurgotForgot
VustFirst
Vy-yulFile (tool)
Walkin' outCourting, dating
WapseWasp
WarshinWashing
WerdenWere not
WetshodWet footed
WhirrWhere
WhitpotBread pudding
WhiverHover
WithyWillow
WussWorse
YeowEwe
YerHere
YerYour
Yer tizHere it is
Yer uz beHere we are
YornYours
ZacklyExactly
ZebenSeven
ZedSaid
ZezSays
ZichSuch
ZimSeem
ZixSix
ZmarninThis morning
ZummatSomething
ZummerzetSomerset
ZyveScythe
last updated: 06/03/07
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