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 Glaswegian words beginning : W
 
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Wa' Wall  
Wabbit Tired out / knackered Ah'm real wabbit the night - Ah think Ah'll hit the sack afore midnight.
Wacky Baccy Cannabis

Cannabis Ice Tea - Scotland's other national drink . . .

Cannabis Ice Tea - Scotland's other national drink

Wae With Ur you going oot wae Sammy Gibson?
Wagon, or Meat Wagon Large Police van  
Walk, The Orange Parade The Orange Walk passes through the streets of Glasgow

Orange Walk passes through the streets of Glasgow

Wallies False teeth

Time for some wallies . . .

ugliest woman in the world False teeth

Wally Close A tenement close with tiled walls

Tiles from a Wally Close Glasgow

Tiles from a Wally Close Glasgow

Walopper Penis  
Wan  One See yon burds ober there - Ah don't fancy your wan.
Wance Once  
Wankered Drunk  
Wanner In one go. He knocked back his pint o' heavy in a wanner.

Wanton

Indulge in a carefree way of life  

Warl'

World  

War'ly

Wordly  
Washbacks Heather branches used to clean whisky stills.  
Watchie Watchman on a building site.  
Watter Water  
Wean Baby / child Willie Winkie by William Miller
Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun,
Up stairs and doon stairs in his nicht-goun,
Tirlin' at the window, cryin' at the lock,
'Are the weans in their bed, for it's noo ten o'clock?'
Wee G Glaswegians Glaswegians from Easterhouse, Castle Toward 1967

Glaswegians from Easterhouse, Castle Toward 1967

Wee man Small person. But a general term for anyone. See you wee man you'll never grow up if you don't eat yer porridge.
Wee                   Small / Short / Generic prefix to anyone's name - eg Wee Jimmy  
Weech Fling  
Wee donner To take a walk  
Weegi Protestant Glaswegian  
Weegie Roman Catholic Glaswegian  
Weegie A person who lives in Scotland's largest city - Glasgow Glasgow v Edinburgh

An Edinburger who’s handy with a blade is called a butcher – a Weggie who’s handy with a blade is called a thug.

An Edinburger who like flowers is called a horticulturalist – a Weggie who likes flowers is called a poof.

[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Weekender Arrested, Friday for court on the Monday.

Weekender Girl

girl arrested by police

Weel Well / In good health  
Welly-boot An ugly woman.

Winner of the Ugliest Woman in Scotland Contest 2009

Winner of the Ugliest Woman in Scotland Contest 2009

Wet Fart Unpleasant As funny as a wet fart in a spacesuit

Wha

Who  
Wha's Who's Here’s Tae Us – Wha’s Like Us – Damn Few And They’re A’ Deid      -  Author Unknown
Wham Whome  
Wheech Do something at speed / in haste  
Wheesht Be quiet Haud yer wheesht.


Please press the pause button on your larynx.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Whirley

Carriage used for transporting coal.  
Whit What  
Whitever  Whatever   
Whitey Sick  
Wi' With  
Wid Would  
Widden Wooden  
Wide-o Untrustworthy person  
Widnae Wouldn't  
Wifie A woman - usually of mature years. Thon wee wifie can fair down her whisky.
Willnae  or Wullnae Will not  
Winch  Kiss

Kiss?     It's just puppy love . . .

puppy love kiss

Winching Snogging / Kissing / Going out with someone Aye me and Big Ann ur winching

Ann and I have been out on a date, she thinks we're getting married, I think we're heading to bed for our next date.

Windae / Windie Window When poverty comes in at the door love flies oot at the windea.


It’s easier to love an asshole of a lawyer than a redundant plumber.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Windae licker Person with mental disabilities  
Wine Buckfast (Tonic wine)  
Wingnut A person with ears that stick out

Wingnuts - big ears baby

big ears baby

Wino A heavy drinker / alchoholic  
Wisnae              Wasn't  
Wiz / Wis Was  
Wizn't / Wisn't Wasn't  
Wopper A very big lie. This ranges from telling your mum that you went to school to telling your husband that you are just 'friends' with your personal trainer.  
Work There is no known use of this word in Glasgow.  

Wrang

Wrong He wiz goin' the wrang way doon a one way street.

He was stone cold drunk while doing 100 MPH down a pedestrian precinct.

Wud  Would  
Wulkie Do a summersault

Wulkies on the beach - summersault boys showing off . . .

Wull Will  
Wullnae / Willnae      Will not / Won't  
Wumman Woman  
Wunnabe Bunny A woman who his irrational desires to be a Playboy Bunny Girl (but sadly has not got the body) [smm]

Potential Playboy bunny girl - this Wunnabe Bunny

bunny girl costume Wunnabe Bunny

Wur Our or were  
Wye Way  
 


From No Rabbie Burns

by Stuart McLean

To a Tattie – on Turning Her Over and Putting Her in the Oven at Gas Mark Seven for Thirty Minutes


(An almost traditional St. Patrick’s Day dedication to the common potato.)
 


Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous tattie,
Plucked frae the ground ye little fattie,
Thou need na try to rin aff hasty,
Tae save yer life,
Cos I wid hae to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murdering knife.

I'm truly sorry man's cuisine,
Has broken Nature's social scene,
But efter awe, yer jist a spud,
Fruit o’ the earth, child o’ the mud,
Baked tae make ye o’ sae tasty,
Tae ony mortal!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
Even though I’ll eat you for my tea:
Wae baked-beans spread on top of ye.
What is your effect goin’ tae be?
I’ll fart all day – my wind blowin’ free,
I guess an' fear!

 

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Scottish / Glaswegian Word List - click for more details:

Wa'

Wabbit

Wacky Baccy

Wae

Wagon or Meat Wagon

Walk, The

Wallies

Wally Close

Walopper

Wan 

Wance

Wankered

Wanner

Wanton

Warl'

War'ly

Washbacks

Watchie

Watter

Wean

Wee G

Wee man

Wee                  

Weech

Wee donner

Weegi

Weegie

Weegie

Weekender

Weel

Welly-boot

Wet Fart

Wha

Wha's

Wham

Wheech

Wheesht

Whirley

Whit

Whitever 

Whitey

Wi'

Wid

Widden

Wide-o

Widnae

Wifie

Willnae or Wullnae

Winch 

Winching

Windae or Windie

Windae licker

Wine

Wingnut

Wino

Wisnae             

Wiz or Wis

Wizn't or Wisn't

Wopper

Work

Wrang

Wud 

Wulkie

Wull

Wullnae or Willnae     

Wumman

Wur

Wye

 

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