Geordie slang is a language all to itself! We’re here to help!

Way aye! Calm doon and mek a cuppa, we’ve got a Geordie guide for beginners just below. Read up on some traditional Geordie lingo so you’re ready for your hen or stag weekend in Newcastle. It’s well known that Geordie’s are favourite for their quirky words and phrasing that are unique to Newcastle. Avoid feeling a bit daft when you don’t understand what people are saying, and show off some of your new vocabulary!

Wey Aye Man

Generic expression of positivity or agreement- because just saying ‘yes’ is too boring.

Howay man!

Proclamation of exhortation or encouragement (both positive and negative)

Haddaway

General exclamation of disbelief or negativity.

‘Haddaway man! I’m not spending that amount of money!’

Radgie

Temper Tantrum!

‘She’s proper radgie’

Gan yem

Going home.

‘I’m gan yem pet’

Purely belta/ beltas

Great. Very good. Proclamation of joy.

‘The weather is purely belta today!’

Hinny

Female life partner/ wife.

‘Grab us me coat hinny’

Hoy

Throw.

‘Hoy us me car keys pet’

Gannin on the hoy

Going on a night out.

‘Me and the gals are gannin on the hoy’

Clamming

Starving.

‘Howay man, I’m clamming’

Bait/ scran

Food.

“Let’s go grab some scran. I’m clamming’

Tab

Cigarette.

‘I’m just off out the back for a tab’

Canny

Good.

‘Aye she’s a canny lass’.

Netty

Toilet.

‘I’m busting for the netty’.

Twock

Steal.

‘Hoy me your hairbrush pet, someones twocked mine’

Doylem

Idiot.

‘Aye, he’s a right doylem’

Mortal

Drunk. Very drunk!

‘I’m gonna get absolutely mortal!’

 

We know there are hundreds more!

But we couldn’t possibly list them all here! Drop us a comment with your favourite Geordie quips, quirks and slang words. and share your Northern knowledge with our hen and stags to be!