Understanding the Geordie Dialect

When you first move to Newcastle, you may find yourself scratching your head when you hear the local Geordie dialect. There’s no need to worry, however, as we’ve put together this handy guide to teach you some words and phrases you may hear when exploring the city and surrounding area.

Here are some of the basics:

Nee – no

Dee – do

Gan – go/going

Divvin – don’t

Doon – down

Toon – Newcastle city centre

Propa – very, really or significantly

Owa – over

Neet – night

Us – me

Once you’ve mastered these, you’ll be ready to incorporate them with some of the phrases below:

  • Geet walla
    Meaning: very, very large
    Usage: “There’s a geet walla queue at the shop”


  • Gadgie
    Meaning: man, adult male human
    Usage: “See that gadgie at the front of the geet walla queue?”


  • Radgie
    Meaning: temper tantrum
    Usage: “That gadgies having a proper radgie”


  • Howay man
    Meaning: proclamation of exhortation or encouragement, can be postivie or negative
    Usage: “Howay man! Look at that geet walla queue”


  • Wey aye, man
    Meaning: generic proclamation of positivity or agreement
    Usage: an exciting alternative to a boring “yes”


  • Yem
    Meaning: home
    Usage: “This queues got us proper radgie, I’m gan yem”


  • Hoy
    Meaning: please pass or throw
    Usage: “hoy it owa here”


  • Scran, bait
    Meaning: food
    Usage: “howay, man, let’s gan doon the pub for some scran”


  • Canny
    Meaning: good
    Usage: “This bait’s propa canny”


Howay man, we hope you have a propa canny time doon the toon!