Doric Phrases

Aberdonian Doric phrases and words from the North East of Scotland commonly heard around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with an English translation from this Scots language

Doric is the dialect spoken in the North East of Scotland, commonly heard in Aberdeen and around Aberdeenshire and Moray. Here we give you a comprehensive guide to this Scots language. Below you can see a Doric word of the day and in our A-Z section you can read through them or click above for a random word. Have fun using our Scottish Translator Tool.

Phrase of the day...

Meaning: Doubt

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Our favourite Doric phrases are coppit bonnie, foos yer doos, foggietoddlers, spewin feathers and ill-tricket. Dinna ken fit they mean? Look them up in our easy to use Doric Dictionary.

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During your visit to the website you may notice that many words end in ie. This is common throughout Aberdeen and the rural areas like Buchan and Banffshire. So a drop of water would be a drappie o watter and a run out in the car would be a runnie oot.

The funniest bit of Doric can be heard in this Flying Pigs comedy sketch:

Aberdonians have a long association with agriculture and you will note many words such as backeyn, heow and hackstock have farming associations. Though these may be seldom used more modern ones such as atween, far hiv ye bin and teuchter are commonplace around the Grampian region.

I have published a book about a Doric spiking loon fa’s an army nurse an meets The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital who still walks what is left of her wards. He is also taken to the frontline of The Great War where he witnesses what was our local Regiment, The Gordon Highlanders, going over the top at the Battle of Loos. Other scenes include a pre-war Duthie Park.

I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, that will always include the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area. Read the first chapter for free.