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Scots Glossary for The Ambulance Box

Below is a comprehensive glossary with the basic intended meanings of the Scots words used in The Ambulance Box. For pronunciation, as well as further meanings and nuances, readers are encouraged to consult a good Scots dictionary, such as the comprehensive online Dictionary of the Scots Language.

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GLOSSARY

awgaits = everywhere
aboot = about
abuin = above
ae = one, only
agin = against
ahint = behind
ainly = only
airms = arms
alang = along
alangside = alongside
amang = among
ane = one
aneath = beneath
anent = about, opposite
apencast = opencast
auld boy = elderly gentleman
aw = all
aw airts = in every direction
aw Jock Tamson’s bairns = all Adam’s children
awauk = awake
awready = already
awthing = everything
baest = beast
bairn = child
ben = inside the house
bigg = build
bing = slag heap
birl = spin, whirl
blae = blue
bleeze = blaze
blin = blind
blootered = battered
bluid = blood
bodie = person, one (impersonal pronoun)
brae = hill, hillside
braid = broad
brainches = branches
braw = excellent
breid = bread
bricht = bright
bunnet = cap
burn = stream
buss = bush
by ma/their lane = on my/their own
cadge = beg
cairrage = carriage
caller = fresh
cam = came
cannie = careful
cauld = cold
chow = chew
chynge = change
clarsach = harp
cleek = catch
coontenance = countenance
coorie doun = nestle
coup = (n) dump; (v) overturn
coupit = upside down
craigs = cliffs
craiturs = creatures
cried = called, named
crood = crowd
cuid(nae) = could (not)
daith = death
daunert = strolled, sauntered
daurin = dearing
daurk = dark
day-daw = break of day
deid = dead
devaul = stop, cease
douce = pleasant
doun = down
dreich = dismal
drystane = drystone
dug = dog
een = eyes
efter = after
errants = errands
ettlin = essaying, aiming
fae = from
fameeliar = familiar
faulds = folds
faur = far
faw = fall
Fawkirk = Falkirk
fell = extremely
fin = find
flichterin = fluttering
flooer = flower
follae = follow
fou = full, drunk
fowk = folk, people
freinlyness = friendliness
freins = friends
gaed = went
gar = cause, compel
gart her grue = made her shudder
gaun = going
gey = very
gied = gave
gin = if
gleg = fast
gless = glass
gloamin = dusk
grund = ground
guddle = confusion
guid = good
hae = have
hail = whole
hame = home
harns = brains
haud = hold
hauf = half
haun = hand
heich = high
heicht = hight
heidie-like = haughtily
heivins = heavens
herbour = harbour
hersel = herself
herts = hearts
het = hot
hing = hang
hink = think
hirpled = crippled
hissel = himself
hit = it (emphatic)
hou = how
hous = house
howp = hope
hunner = hundred
hunnerwecht = hundredweight
ile = oil
ilk ane = each one
ilka = every
ingineerin = engineering
intil = into
ither = other
itsel = itself
juist = just
keek = peek, peer, look sharply
ken = know
kennin = knowing
kenspeckle = easily recognisable
kinnels = kindles
kintrae = country
kythed = appear
lang = long
langsomeness = lonliness
leet = list
leid = language
let-be = forbearance
licht = light
lochan = small loch
lowse = set loose
mair = more
mairrage = marriage
maist = most
mak = make
malafoosterin = ruination, wrecking
meedows = meadows
muckle = big, much
mucklegrown = grown big
neb = nose
neist = next
neives = fists
nicht = night
nocht = nothing
nou = now
nummer = number
oncome = advent
ontil = onto
ony = any
oot = out
ootgang = exit
ootowre = throughout
ower = over(ly)
ower muckle = too much
pech = sigh
peelie-wally = pallid
peerie = small
pridefou = proud
puirtith = poverty
quait = quiet
quait-like = quietly
rax = reach
reid = red
rin = run
roch = rough
roun = round
sair afeart = terribly afraid
sait = seat
sang = song
scrummlin = scramble
scunner = disgust, repulse
shaddae = shaddow
shair = sure
siccar = certain
sicht = sight
siller = money, silver
simmer = summer
skail = spill
skeel = skill
skelf = splinter
smirr = a fine rain
smoor = extinguish
sneck = snatch
sorra = sorrow
souch = sigh, sound of the wind
sounless = soundless
southren = southern
sowel = soul
speir = ask
spirlie = thin, slender
stairt = start
staun = stand
steikit = clenched
sternfu = star filled
stern = star
stounin = ringing
strauchle = struggle
stravaig = wander
stuid = stood
syne = then, so
tae = to
taen = taken, took
taen awa fae = taken away from
tak = take
thae = those
thir = these
thrashel = threshold
til = to
tint = lost
tongue-tackit = tongue-tied
toun = town
traivelin = travelling
tuimness = emptiness
twae = two
ugsomeness = ugliness
unco = strange, wonderous
unfauld = unfold
unnerstaun = understand
unquait = unquiet
unsiccar = uncertain
ure = ore
vyce = voice
wark = work
warld = world
warsle = wrestle
wauken = waken
waukent = wakened, awake
waw = wall
wecht = weight
wey = way, road
wha = who (interrog.)
whase = whose
whaur = where
whit = what
whit wey = how
whyles = sometimes
wi = with
widnae = would not
wioot = without
wir = our
wirker = worker
wis = was
wuid = wood
wynd = narrow street or alley
yammer = lament
yella-heidit = yellow-haired
yersel = you, yourself
yince = once
yird = earth
yon = that, those (but more distant)

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