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35 Boss Scouse Sayings

Liverpool is renowned for a lot of things; its amazing docklands, being the home of The Beatles and being the capital of Curly Blows but how much scouse lingo do you know?

If you’ve been in Liverpool for any amount of time, you’ll know a few of these phrases but have you ever been in The Asda and heard the women in front talking about jibbing off their boyfriend and wondered what the hell was going on? Let us explain…

#1 Sound

Definition: cool or good

Use: How you doin’ lad? Yeah sound mate

#2 Arl arse

Definition: cruel

Use: Stop being an arl arse.

#3 Arl Fella

Definition: father

Use: I’m going for a bevvy with me arl fella.

#4 Wool

Definition: Someone who’s from the surrounding areas of Liverpool such as the Wirral or St Helens.

Use: He likes to pretend he’s from Liverpool, but he’s from the Wirral the wool.

#5 G’wed

Definition: Go ahead

Use: G’wed, lad. Nice one.

#6 The Asda

Definition: Asda

Use: I’m going the Asda for some bifters.

#7 Lid

Definition:  Lad

Use: I’m going the Asda, lid.

#8 Boss

Definition:  Incredibly Awesome

Use: They’re some boss webs, la.

#9 Offie

Definition: off-licence

Use: I’m not going the Asda when there’s an offie down the road.

#10 Antwacky

Definition: Old fashioned

Use: Me arl fella’s house is pure antwacky.

#11 Bifter

Definition: Cigarettes/joint

Use: Gis one of those bifters so I don’t have to go the offie.

#12 Trabs

Definition: Trainers

Use: Lad, don’t be an arl arse and borrow us ya trabs.

#13 Scran

Definition: Food

Use: Me Ma’s making me a proper scran tonight lad

#14 Abar

Definition: About

Use: What you on abar, you wool.

#15 The Ozzy

Definition: The Hospital

Use: If I eat any more scran I’ll end up in the ozzy.

#16 Bizzies

Definition: The Police

Use: You seen all the bizzies outside the offie?

#17 La

Definition: Lad

Use: In a bit, la.

#18 Blert

Definition: Idiot

Use: Don’t be a blert and give us a lift to town.

#19 Webs

Definition: Trainers

Use: Ay La, those webs are boss.

#20 Cob on

Definition: Bad mood

Use: He’s got a cob on abar the match, lad.

#21 Jibbed

Definition: stood up/dumped

Use: If he says me arl fella’s house is antwacky one more time he’s getting jibbed

#22 Jarg

Definition: Fake

Use: They’re some jarg trabs them

#23 Kecks

Definition: pants or trousers

Use: I’ve only gone and ripped me kecks, lad.

#24 Sagging off

Definition: Not going to school

Use: Me ma won’t let me out because I was sagging off.

#25 Keep Dixie

Definition: Keeping a look out

Use: You keep dixie while I run into the offie for some bifters.

#26 Judy

Definition: Girlfriend

Use: Me Judy cooks an blindin’ Scouse

#27 Geggin’ in

Definition: Being nosey

Use: Eee, stop geggin’ in.

#28 Show

Definition: Mess

Use: Her curly blow looks an absolute show

#29 In bulk

Definition: Laughing hard

Use: Am not even messing, he had me in bulk.

#30 Bins

Definition: Glasses

Use: You seen her bins, they look a show.

#31 Meff

Definition: It’s an insult but not completely offensive, a dismissive term meaning an idiot or someone stupid.

Use: Ignore him lad, he’s just being a proper meff.

#32 Eee

Definition: An expression of disgust or disapproval

Use: Eee look at her pants

#33 Bevy

Definition: alcoholic drink

Use: You coming for a bevvy after work girl

#34 Baltic

Definition: Freezing

Use: It’s absolutely Baltic in here

#35 Made Up

Definition: Happy

Use: Got a new job, I’m absolutely made up

#36 West

Definition: Crazy or weird

Use: Lad, last night was proper west ya’no

#37 Ice Lolly

Definition: Scouse for an ice lolly

Use: I’m absolutely roasting, could do with a lolly ice

#38 Heavy Salad

Definition: That’s bad news/ that’s unfortunate

Use: “me Judy just left me” “that’s heavy salad la”

#39 Brassic

Definition: Out of pocket

Use: can’t go for a bevy tonight la am brassic

#40 Is right

Definition: You are correct/ that is deserved

Use: “i’ll get the bevies in” “is right la”

#41 Swerve

Definition: Do not attend or avoid

Use: Swerve that meeting later let’s go get some scran.

#42 Beut

Definition: Fool

Use: What a beut!

#43 Come ‘ed

Definition: Let’s go/come along

Use: Come ‘ed lets jib this beut off

#44 Barnet

Definition: Hair do

Use: Haha get on to her barnet it’s a show!

#45 Grid

Definition: Face

Use: What’s up with your grid?

#46 Arr Ay

Definition: Why did you do that/ I can’t believe you just did that

Use: Arr Ay that’s arl arse that!

#47 Bladdered

Definition: Drunk beyond comprehension

Use: He’s bladdered come ‘ed we best swerve the next bar

 

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  1. I live in Liverpool and there is one phrase i hear alot “givin it toes” or “give it toes”

    definition run fast or running fast

    in a sentence “go down the Asda lad and give it toes”

  2. The baggy meaning the launderette.
    I’m going the baggy.
    Julie

  3. Home and bargain

  4. Come on guys, how about

    brewstered,

    Meaning wealthy, from the film brewsters millions,

    And minge bag, meaning tight with money,

    And compo, the money you receive after having an accident or insurance claim.

    Eg. Come on minge bag, go to the bar, we know you are brewstered since you got your compo, stop being a complete arl arse.

  5. How about brassic (no money left)?

  6. “Leg it” run away
    “On his toes” gone missing
    “This avy” this afternoon
    “Givin it toes” is to run

    Never heard of “abar” though. I’m from Liverpool and it sounds a bit Lancashire. Maybe “abou” coz we never finish our words !!!

  7. YE NO WARA A MEEN COMES TO MIND. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, YOU UNDERSTAND DONT YOU.

  8. Heavy

    Means that it is funny but bad at the same time
    Sentence: thats so heavy tha lad

  9. Arl arse means ‘sly’ not ‘cruel’!

  10. Turn it in!!!! – stop it

  11. Meff is normally a scruff not an idiot. An idiot would be a div or divvy, although not sure if it’s just a scouse saying.

  12. Swerve it Lid and bail, me heads chocka.

    ‘Judy’ is old school, you’d hear ‘Bird’, more.

  13. “Dead” meaning really and very. Use ” I’m dead made up”.

  14. I’ve also heard “geg” used as an alternative to “leave” Eg. I’m gegging – I’m leaving. And there’s also “Do one” – an instruction to someone else to leave, as in “Do one, you meff” – meaning “go away, you scruff/idiot/scruffy idiot” take your pick.

    But the best is “dead” meaning “very” Eg “dead good”, meaning “very good” . Dead dead means very dead.

  15. Minty meaning dirty, scruffy.

  16. BANG ON OR ON TOP- The wanna see how many bizzys are there its bang on/on top.

  17. Ive been here 7 years now and there’ are some on that list we use down south too like bevy, baltic, bifter and offie. some I’ve never heard anyone say yet and some that aren’t on there.
    ‘I’ll tell ya now’
    Actually means ‘I’ll tell you when I’m finished what I’m doing’
    ‘Our’ referring to a member of the family as in ‘our ma, our Sarah’ etc
    ‘Beaut’…down south this means a beautiful person, up here it quite simply means a dickhead lol
    Everything gets shortened too! Leccy for electric, lemo for lemonade, maccies for McDonald’s.

    • Beut is both. Depends what sentence or way you use it. as you know, there is around he’s a Beut him.

      Where as you have for instance.

      My friend got a new motorcycle so I would say.

      Ar lad belta, she’s a Beut.

  18. Hank marvin =starvin

  19. MINGIN! meaning its horrible. That top is mingin. (That top is horrible/ugly).
    Connie onnie is condensed Milk.
    Leccy means electric.
    Come Edd means Come on.
    Smart arsse. Meaning know all.
    The Jigger…alleyway / entry between houses or streets.
    Give it loads…means give your all.

    • Giz a brew eg give me a brew although my friend who is common as muck says j’brew(like jabrew )maybe just a kirkby lala thing Haha
      kirkby Haha kirkby sock robbers. The pigs meaning the police the matrix is also another word for the police lol

  20. If yer ‘aven’t Gorran perple wheelie bin, yer a wool.

  21. No4 wool is actually short for woolly back, anyone from surrounding areas of Liverpool,

  22. The one I use that everyone laughs at
    The kip of me Barnet need to get it sorted this week!

  23. What about ‘erm’ said when thinking or generally between every sentence when you take a breath

  24. What about -the jigger= the back entry, a jigger rabbit = a cat . A rumble up the jowley= a fight.

  25. Grid meaning face as in ” look at the grid on her la ! ”
    Bifters could also be ” givin’ it the bifters ” which means doing something vigorously .
    And don’t forget bellend meaning stupid as in “turn the sounds down ya bellend ! ”
    And while we’re on the subject of swearing is fuckwit a purely scouse saying or is it nationwide ?
    We’ve got that many slang words everyone else can barely understand us .

  26. Scatty – somewhat unpleasant in nature, whether it be by sight or by smell – “He must have had beans for his dinner, he proper stunk. Scatty him lad”

  27. The other day means abar last year and the other week is over a year. She said that the other day lad.. wot day kid? Erm erm think it was the other week lad like last June or sutin..

  28. Knock it off will yer!!
    Please stop what you’re doing

  29. **or pack it in!

  30. I’m 42 lived in Liverpool all my life and have never heard a girl referred to as a ‘judy’. I think that was mentioned on that cilla black programme so probably died out in the 60’s!

    • Me dad used to say it years ago. He’s 82 born an bred in south Liverpool Park lane. Not really a term used these days. Usually use
      ‘ me Bird’

    • I’m 58 and from Liverpool and I have heard women referred to as someone’s Judy although being referred to as someone’s tart is more usual.

  31. In bulk can also mean very ill or in pain.

  32. Poey.. post office

  33. “I pure had murder with him”
    I had ann argument with him

  34. Ya Ming = you dirty or permanently unwashed individual

  35. Gizz or gizza meaning give me or give me a ……. as in gizza fag meaning please give me a cigarette

    If my Dad saw someone afflicted with outwardly bent legs, he would say “Ay luk arrim ee cudd’n stop a pig in a jigger”
    translation “Hey look at him he couldn’t catch a pig in a back alley.

    Mank means a person from Manchester

    If yer carnt fight wearra big ‘at said when one sees a person wearing an overlarge hat.

    I was a teacher and often heard some great examples such as “Its eeze” meaning ” it is his” But a wonderful one was when a little boy came out and asked me how to spell “angle” when they were writing about hobbies. I said “Oh is your hobby fishing?” “Yes Miss” was his reply. I thought it was nice that he knew to fish was to angle. However when I came to mark his work the relevant sentence in the story was, “Me Dad bought me a fishing rod with a wooden angle” !

    Another common ( and often difficult thing to say) is to use “a” before all nouns even when it should be “an”. Try for instance saying
    “a elephant” or “a apple” or “a ‘oliday* not easy!

    For a good list check out a book called “Lern yerself Scouse” by Fritz Spiegel

  36. Born and lived here for 57 of my 63 years and never heard numbers 7,12,14,19,22,27,31ans 36. Also “la” is more Kirkby as in “Kirkby la las”

  37. When I was a child living in Liverpool, the back alleys were called ‘entries’ but generally referred to as ‘enogs’

  38. Jangle…..(means gossip),,,shes. A right jangler her queen id stay away from her
    Kite,,,,,,,,,(means a face),,,,get on the kite on her lads shes pure ugly
    Lifting,,,,,(means a head full of nits) dont sit by her in school shes lifting
    Reefing,,,(means,,pulling really hard) mam stop reefing me head with that brush will ye
    Cracker,,,(means,,great/brill) we had a cracker holiday didnt we
    Mazzy,,,,,(means,,,,mascara) hang on ive only gotta put me mazzy on then im ready
    Get on,,,,,(means,,,to look at) get on his trainees

  39. you missed out getting a takie / giz a mogga ( giving somebody a lift on the back / front of a bike ). You also missed out ‘ leggit or Bail ‘ ( to run very fast away from trouble ). also ‘ Jib it lad ‘ ( pack it in ). ‘ accross the pond / over the dark side / the sh1tty peninsular ‘ (through the tunnel to Birkenhead ). getting ‘ratt arsed / bladdered / legless / sh1t faced / off me Barnet ‘ ( having an Alcoholic drink )

  40. Scousers call people from areas surrounding Liverpool like the Wirral and St. Helens “Plastic” as in fake!

    “Hey La, your plastic you, your not from round ere”

  41. “You dozy sweat! “

  42. Just runnin the home an bargain need anything kid

    I’m going to home bargains do you need anything

  43. Lemmo meaning lemonade or a fizzy drink of any colour like a bottle of orange lemmo

  44. I have lived in Liverpool all my life n never heard of Judy or west they must of come of plazy scouders

    • Mary Pilgrim Lynch

      I lived in Liverpool all my life ( off Scotland Rd ) could not be moreLiverpool than thatNd ALL the girls got referred to as Judy’s by their boyfriends. eg .My Judy . Yes this was inthe. 60’s.

  45. Newziez – newsagents

  46. The “olla” meaning a piece of waste ground as in
    We played togger on the olla
    Togger being football

  47. Sutton meaning. Something #scousersruletheworld

  48. “This is our year mate” is another common Liverpool saying – it means “deluded”

  49. Trabs never heard of it im from Anfield too, the baggy is the laundrette but a baggy is also a smackhead heroin user too a baghead…

  50. Have you heard of BACK SLANG MY SISTER USED TO TEACH IT TO US SO COME ON ALL YOU TRUE Scousers lets here you talk a bet of it

  51. Trackie
    Pants
    Bevies
    Shockin
    Chocka
    Proper
    Bladdered

    Just a few I can think of

  52. On the lash , big night out on the beerr

  53. Doing me ed in!
    No way!
    Proper bad that
    Eee worra ya like?
    We could go on forever! Lol

  54. Just throwing it out there, blert does not mean idiot. It’s another insult yes, but it’ll 100% does not mean idiot.

  55. Lazzy band is the scousest word ever

  56. Leg it, Like leave me alone
    Ye Nan Insult

  57. Forgot
    ‘Scatty’ creepy\ wierd eg. Went scatty last night after a few bevvies
    ‘Wat is’ how’s it going. Eg. Wat is la
    ‘Job’ taxi. Eg. Mate ring us a job.
    ‘Blower’ phone Eg. Mate get on the blower its been bout 20 minutes.
    ‘Seater’ give a lift on a pedal bike.
    ‘Grid’ Face eg. Get on her grid proper show.
    ‘Railings’ teeth eg. Look at him, needs to get them railings sortex .

  58. How about ‘arr ay’. Pronounced like the letters ‘R’ & ‘A’? Use ‘arr ay la,…..’

  59. No, brassic lint

  60. Arl arse. Isn’t “cruel” and can be a noun or adjective. It’s just a general insult, often in jest, such as “State of arl arse there dead-‘eading me geraniums”.
    Antwacky is “Aunt Wacky” as in an old-fashioned maiden aunt.
    Wooly is short for wooly back, as in a sheep.
    Where I was brought up webs meant feet as in “He’s gone out in ‘is biir webs”

  61. You could also say ‘givin’ it beans’ for trying really hard instead of ‘givin’ it bifters’.
    Saying ‘like’ after a sentence which is to confirm the other person’s understanding for example –
    ‘D’yaknowwharimean (say quickly all together) like’?
    Seater for a lift on the back of someone’s bike (you stand up and peddle whilst the person you are giving a lift to sits on your seat).
    Scousers call 1/2 bitter and lager mixed in a pint Golden, Wirral Squirrels call it a Chinese.
    Scousers call Southern Comfort, lime and lemmo a Steamboat, the Wirrals call it a Steamboat.
    Finally, this might be old fashioned – pop for any fizzy beverage.
    I am born and bred Liverpool but have worked on the dark side.

  62. How about ‘He was giving me down the banks’. Heard a school girl saying after a teacher asked her for her homework.

  63. And “pure” is pronounced “peyaaaaaaa” if you really want to emphasise it. 😀

  64. Shit in a bag and punch it

  65. Always remember working with some lovely scouse ladies when I was younger . I remember one saying she’d “give him down the banks” .

  66. MARRERWACK
    Q: Wots a MARRERWACK?
    A: Nuttin – ahm ahr rice. Youse ahr rice?

  67. Face like burst balloon – someone who has a sad face when they don’t get there own way

  68. Lazy band can also mean bladdered (very drunk)

    ‘lad, get on me all fella last night, he was like a lazy band’

    ‘did you see the state my father was in last night? He was very drunk’

    Lemo can mean either lemonade or cocaine

    Lad or girl can mean any person of a particular sex
    ‘ey girl, your fit, I’d well smash you’

    Madam, I find you very attractive

    And the last one,
    ‘me heads chokker’/ ‘you’re burnin me head out’
    I am stressed/you are causing me stress.

  69. nin = old lady e.g. the old nins From Welsh Nain = grandmother

  70. What does ” if yer ‘avent Gorman people wheelie bin, yer a wool” mean?

  71. Never heard west or Judy being said and a meff is a scruff!

  72. Sort ye ed out
    R you messin
    Dont be like tha
    Oh fuckin-ell
    Leg it
    Behave ye divy
    Get on me later

  73. I teach in Liverpool. I think ‘pure’, as in ‘pure Baltic’ (or pure anything) is far more common than ‘absolutely’. One can be said, for example, to be ‘pure messin” or ‘pure fumin”. Occasionally ‘proper messin” or ‘proper fumin” may be used but I rarely hear the word absolutely.

    Also, nobody in Liverpool is ever embarrassed. They are ‘ashamed’ if their hair looks a ‘proper show’.

  74. Gigs=glasses, jiga=giro=Dole=social benefits, blurt=idiot, minge bag=selfish, bonce=head, on me lazzies=on my last legs, bashed=not pure, the cut=canal, twirly=elderly persons bus pass, jibbed=left before finishing, canoes=shoes for large feet, lamped=to get smacked, jaffa=cigarette but, jarg=fake, pegga=half smoked cigarette/joint, wabs=weed,

  75. What about Deydododatdoughdontdeydo meaning yes they do!

  76. Joke shop if job centre.

    Eeee worra ya like…….. what are you like.

    De …..the

    So many more

  77. Takey/mogger-to give someone a lift on a bicycle
    Meff-tramp
    Knoockadash-to knock on someone’s door and run away

  78. Let’s Gerra legger from the bizzies la

  79. Tidy;
    Meaning fit/handsome/attractive

    *oh my god dolls.. Look at him.. he’s proper tidy!!’

    My one;
    Referring to your fella/bird

    *Cant wait for a little scran with my one’

  80. Ya ma popular saying now in Liverpool…

  81. Sian Holland Clarke

    Day do doe dont day.
    They do though don’t they

  82. I remember stuff like going the cakey (sayers) and ah hey r ah.

  83. Heard someone on the tv claim ‘get your golly on’ is a scouse saying.What does it mean ?

  84. Me bird also know as girlfriend

    Home and bargain known as home bargains

  85. I grew up in Merseyside most of my life (I’m not a “wool” though, because I was born in Cambridge) so I am familiar with most of these – and I watched Brookside over the years lol! There are a few that I’ve never, ever heard though. “Judy” is one of them; I only ever hear Scouse guys refer to their girlfriends/wives as their “bird” or “missus”. Also, I’ve never heard trainers being called “trabs” or “webs”, I have only ever heard them being called “trainees”. Furthermore, where “arl” is concerned, I always thought it was “ald”, meaning old, and that “ald arse” meant old git. Also, I thought “cob on” was actually gob on; there is even a lyric in a Mansun song: “You’ve got a gob on, my desperate icon”. Mansun are from Chester, by the way. I know a few more Scouse terms too; “photies” means photographs, “avvy” means afternoon, “int” is used in the same way Americans use “Not!”, “odds” means spare change (“Gorrany odds?”), “schoolie” means school child, and “steg” means dork.

  86. Favourite saying “Bladdered ” drunk or Pissed,

  87. How about sarnie (sandwich) or do a bouncer
    (U-turn)

  88. How about it’s cracking the flags ?? Lived down South for years and no one had heard of that one before

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