Glossary Of Scottish Words Used By Robert Burns: B-Words
by Robert Burns
- Ash boards, as pieces of backet for removing ashes.
- Comin', coming back, returning
- Private gate.
- The belly.
- Endured, did stay.
- Having large bones, stout.
- A child.
- A family of children, a brood.
- Hansel drink.
- Ballets, ballants
- To swear.
- To beat, to strive, to excel.
- Flat, round, soft cake.
- Diminutive of bard.
- Barley-bree, Barley-broo
- liquor of barley, malt liquor.
- Of or like barm, yeasty
- a crew, a gang.
- The bat.
- The cat.
- A cross beam.
- A piece of unploughed land among corn.
- Having a white stripe down the face.
- To let be, to give over, to cease.
- Barley with its bristly head.
- Diminutive of beast.
- Beet, Beek
- To add fuel to a fire, to bask.
- Boots, nourishes
- By and by, presently, quickly
- Into the spence, or parlour.
- The remotest hole, the innermost recess.
- Grace after meat.
- A book
- A kind of wooden dish; a short rapid race.
- Careering, hurrying with quarrelsome intent.
- Bie, or Bield
- Shelter, a sheltered place, the sunny nook of a wood.
- Wealthy, plentiful
- Big, Biggit
- To build, built
- Building, a house
- The bull.
- A brother, a young fellow, a companion
- A heap of grain, potatoes, etc.
- Young cocks, still belonging to the brood.
- A clever, a forward, conceited fellow.
- Birchen-wood shaw, a small wood.
- Birnie ground is where thick heath has been burnt, leaving the birns, or unconsumed stalks, standing up sharp and stubbley.
- The noise of partridges when they rise.
- Crisis, nick of time, place.
- A bustle, to buzz.
- Black's the grun'
- As black as the ground.
- A shrivelled dwarf, a term of contempt, full of mischief.
- Bashful, sheepish.
- A flat piece of anything, to slap.
- Blaudin shower
- A heavy driving rain. A blauding signifies a beating.
- To blow, to boast, "blaw i' my lug", to flatter
- Bedimmed, eyes hurt with weeping.
- Bleer't and blin'
- Bleered and blind.
- Bleer my een
- Dim my eyes.
- Bleezing, bleeze
- Blazing, flame.
- Idle talking fellow.
- Blether, bleth'rin
- To talk idly; talking idly.
- A little while, a smiling look, to look kindly, to shine by fits.
- A term of contempt; it means, too, a lively engaging girl.
- Smirking, smiling with the eyes, looking lovingly.
- Blirt and blearie
- Outburst of grief, with wet eyes.
- One of those beggars who get annually on the king's birthday a blue cloak or gown with a badge.
- A shred, a large piece.
- The obeisance made by a lady.
- Bock, Bocked
- To vomit, to gush intermittently, gushed.
- A copper coin of the value of two pennies Scots, or one-third of an English penny.
- A small morass.
- Spirits, hobgoblins.
- Bonnie or bonny
- Handsome, beautiful.
- A kind of thick cake of bread, a small jannock or loaf made of oatmeal. See bannock.
- A board.
- The shrub elder, planted much of old in hedges of barn-yards and gardens.
- Behoved, must needs, wilfulness.
- A hole in a wall, a cranny.
- Botch, Blotch
- An angry tumour.
- Bouk, bowk
- Drinking, making merry with liquor.
- Out-knee'd, crooked at the knee joint, We say bow-beaked of a hawk.
- Bowt, bowlt
- Bended, crooked.
- A declivity, a precipice, the slope of a hill.
- An instrument for rough-dressing flax, a kind of harrow.
- To run rashly forward, to churn violently.
- "The horse brainget," plunged and fretted in the harness.
- Broke, became insolvent.
- A kind of wooden curb for horses.
- A sudden illness.
- Course clothes, rags, etc.
- A short race, hurry, fury.
- noisy onset.
- Fine, handsome.
- Brawlys, or Brawlie
- Very well, finely, heartily, bravely.
- Diseased sheep.
- Diminutive of breast.
- Did spring up or forward; the act of mounting a horse.
- A horse-collar
- Bree, Brie
- Juice, Liquid
- An invulnerable or irresistible spell.
- Bright, clear.
- Brewing, gathering.
- A bridge.
- The breast, bosom.
- A brother.
- A badger.
- A hum, a trick.
- Broth, liquid, water.
- A race at country weddings; he who first reaches the bridegroom's house on returning from church wins the broose.
- A kind of thick pottage made by pouring boiling water or broth on oatmeal, which is stirred while the liquor is poured.
- Ale, as much malt liquor as is brewed at a time.
- A burgh.
- A broil, combustion.
- Did burn, burnt.
- To burst, burst.
- The boiling of the sea among the rocks on the coast of Buchan.
- An inhabitant of Virginia.
- Buff our beef
- Thrash us soundly, give us a beating behind and before.
- A Pea
- The time of collecting the sheep in the pens to be milked.
- Stout-made, broad built.
- The humming beetle, that flies in the summer evenings.
- Humming as bees, buzzing.
- Bummle, Bummler
- To blunder - a drone, an idle fellow, one whose noise is greater than his work.
- A window seat.
- Diminutive of bird.
- Did bear.
- Burn, Burnie
- Water, a rivulet, a small stream, which is heard as it runs.
- Burn the wind, a blacksmith. The bellows blow wind into the fire, hence burn the wind.
- The thistle of Scotland.
- Buskie, Buskit, Busks
- Bushy, dressed, dresses
- An ornamented residence
- A Bustle, to bustle.
- But, Bot
- But and ben
- The country kitchen and parlour.
- By himself
- Lunatic, distracted, beside himself.
- A bee-hive; a wild bee-nest.
- A cow-house, a sheep pen.
Source:The Poetical Works Of Robert Burns
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