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aboon - above
addle - earn
afower - before
agate - to do something
agin - again
ah - I
alike - similar
allicker - vinegar
allus - always
apiece - each
'appen - perhaps, maybe
'ard on - fast asleep
arran - spider
'as-ta - have you
'at - that
ax - ask
aye - yes

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backend - autumn
backword - to break an agreement or arrangement, cancel
bahn - going/been
baht - without
bairn - child
band - string
bawl - cry
beck - stream
belong - come from
belt - hit hard
biddy - louse
bide - 1. wait 2. like 3. put up with
blowed - amazed
blue murder - trouble
blubberin' - crying
bob - to go ie, just bobbin' out
boskin - stone/wooden/concrete division between tied up cows
brass - money
brossen - 1. full (after a meal) 2. big headed
by gum - by God

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cack 'anded - 1. left handed 2. clumsy
capped - surprised
champion - excellent
chimbly/chimly - chimney
chuffed - proud
chump - 1. gather wood for Bonfire Night 2. wood
chunter - grumble
coil - coal
cumly - good looking
cop - catch
cut - canal

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daft - stupid
dahn - down
dee - die
delf - quarry
din - noise
doff - take off (referring to clothing)
don - put on (referring to clothing)
dooar 'oil - doorway
durns't - dare not

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'eck - Hell
een - eyes
egg on - encourage
et/etten - ate/eaten

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fair - quite
feckless - useless (person)
fettle - 1. work 2. fix 3. condition
flaggin' - tiring
flag - paving stone
flibberty gibbet - chatterbox
flippin' - a mild expletive eg. flippin' 'eck
flit - to move house
flummox - to confuse
forced - necessarily (used in the negative eg. not forced to be = not necessarily)
foss - waterfall
fo'ty - forty
fower - four
frame - shape up (frame yer sen', lad = shape up boy)
fresh - 1. new 2. slightly drunk
fust - first

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gaffer - boss
gallivant - travel around
gallock - left
gallusses - trouser braces
gammy - 1. injured, lame 2. bad, off (food)
ganzy - pullover
gawp - stare
gear - clothes
gerr away - You don't say
gill - half a pint
gimmer - 1. young female sheep 2. an insult (eg. Y'owd gimmer = You silly old person)
ginnel - narrow passage between buildings
gip - to nearly vomit
gob - mouth
gob smacked - lost for words
gommeril - fool
goose gogs - gooseberries
gormless - 1. not intelligent 2. accident prone
grand - fabulous, very nice, great
gumption - common sense
gurt - big

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i' - in
idle - lazy
int' - in the
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jiggered - tired
jip - pain

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kayli - sherbet
kist - chest
kit - milk pail
knackers - testicles

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lahl - little
laik - play
laithe - barn
lame - painful
land - to hit (ie, Ah'll land one on yer = I'll hit you)
leet - light
lern - teech
let on - tell
lig - lay (eg, John's ligged out = John's lying down)
lip - answer back
lowsin' time - home time
lug - 1. ear 2. carry

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mad allik - reckless
maddled - confused
manky - off (as in food), dirty, smelly
mardy - bad mood
mashin' - brewing a pot of tea
mend - getting healthier
mi - me
middlin' - average
mind - take care (eg, mind yer sen' = take care of yourself)
missen - myself, me
mistal - cow shed
muck - dirt
muck 'oil - dirty room/house
mun - must

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na then - 1. hello 2. watch it
nay - no
neb - nose
nivver - never
nobbut - only
nowt - nothing

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'od - hold
'od on - wait
offcumden - a person from somewhere else
'oil - hole, doorway, place
'oss - horse
'ouse - 1. sitting room 2. house
owd - old
ower - over
owt - anything

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parkin - a type of ginger cake common at bonfire night
parlour - sitting room
pawse - kick

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quacken - to cure

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real - outstanding
reckon - believe
reek - bad smell
reet - 1. right 2. very
rive - tear
room - sitting-room
rue - regret

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sam up - gather
seg - metal stud for shoes
sharp - quick
shun - ignore
sickened - upset
side - clear up
sile - rain heavily
sin - since
sitha - see thee here
skeg - glance, look
slack - slow when referring to work/business
snap - packed lunch
soft - weak, cowardly, stupid
soz - sorry
spice - sweets
stalled - bored
starved - to be cold
suited - pleased
summat - something
sup - drink, sip

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t' - to
tarra - goodbye
teem - pour heavily as in rain eg. it's teemin' dahn
tha'/thou - you
thy - your
think on - remember
thissen - yourself, you
touched - simpleton
tyke - 1. Yorkshireman 2. dog

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'ummer - heck (NB always used with the and not t')
umpteen - a lot
us - me/my or our
usen' - ourselves

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wahr - worse
wang - throw
watter - water
wed - married
wekken - to wake
while - until
wuthering - blustery, windy

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y' - you
yon - that over there
yonder - over there
Yorksher - Yorkshire

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