Doric Dictionary



Read through our A to Z of Scots Doric words and phrases with their English meaning

Our online Scottish Doric dictionary can be found on the A-Z pages where you can search through our database. Each word or phrase has a translation into their English meaning with the option of choosing 5, 10 or 20 on your screen. Guide your way easily through them with the next and previous button on the bottom of each page. Or simply use our Scottish Translator Tool.






Sadly we are not aware of any Doric dictionary book for sale in local shops such as Waterstone's Aberdeen. Though many have been published over the years, most recently the Robert Gordon University RGU Doric Dictionary which helped raise funds for the charity National Literacy Trust and sold out within months, they are now out of print. Some can still be purchased second hand or through private sellers at Amazon and eBay. Links to these can be found on our book reviews page.






The Drummer Boy


The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.


Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.