-na or -nae:
The suffix -na when added to a verb forms the negative, as in dinna or
Dinna dae that.
...I cannae mind his name.
...He hasnae got the hang o it.
A nabbler is a Northwestern word for a fast and skilful worker.
nae (pronounced nay):
Nae means no or not.
There's nae mair.
...She'll nae be back yet.
naebdy (pronounced nabe-dee):
Nairn or Nairnshire is a former county in the North of Scotland, at the
western end of the Moray Firth east of Inverness. It is now administered by Highland
single-tier local council.
In the Edinburgh area to nash is to hurry or dash.
I'll just nash along to the shop for a paper.
In the ancient Scottish universities natural philosophy is the name used for physics.
the Natural Philosophy lecture theatre
A neb is a nose, beak, or projecting point.
nebby or nebbie:
A nebby person is nosey or inquisitive.
Nebby can also mean sharp-tongued or cheeky.
When a bottle of beer is served by the neck it is not poured into a glass.
Two bottles of lager by the neck please.
In the Glasgow area a ned is a young hooligan or petty criminal.
neebur (pronounced neeb-er):
Ne'erday (pronounced nayr-day):
Ne'erday is New Year's Day.
the Ne'erday television highlights
The legendary aquatic monster of Loch Ness is familiarly known as Nessie.
neuk (pronounced nyook):
A neuk is a corner or nook.
It may also mean an area of land that projects into the sea, as in the East Neuk of
nicht (pronounced niCHt):
Nicht means night.
The nicht means tonight.
We'll no go far the nicht.
nicky-tams (pronounced nick-ee-tamz):
Nicky-tams are straps or strings secured round trouser legs below the knee, formerly
worn especially by farm workers to keep the trouser bottoms clear of dirt.
nieve (rhymes with heave):
A nieve is a closed hand or fist.
In the Glasgow area nineteen-canteen means any undefined time in the distant past.
He's had that motor since nineteen-canteen.
To nip someone's heid is to irritate someone by constant nagging.
Ah had to get oot the hoose. She'd been nippin ma heid all day.
To nip a cigarette is a Glasgow term meaning to put it out before it is finished, usually
with the intention of finishing it later.
A nip is a partly-smoked extinguished cigarette.
In the Glasgow area an irritable sharp-tongued person may be described as a nippy
The term is an extended use of the original meaning, which was a sweet with a relatively sharp
or tart flavour.
nocht (pronounced noCHt):
Nocht means nothing.
It's nocht tae dae wi you.
The word is a Scots form of nought
Noo means now.
The noo or the now means just now, at this exact moment.
Hurry up, we're gaun the noo.
Nor is sometimes used to mean than.
The Orkneys, Shetlands, and Fair Isle are known collectively as the Northern
not proven (rhymes with woven):
In Scots Law not proven is a third verdict available in court, returned when there
is evidence against the defendant but insufficient to convict. In the case of such a verdict
the defendant is unconditionally discharged.
nowt (rhymes with shout):
In some parts of Scotland a nowt is a bullock.
Nowt can also be a plural word for cattle.
In the Glasgow area a numpty is a stupid person.
That's no the way to do it, ya numpty!
A nyaff is a worthless person, particularly a small one.
Never mind what that wee nyaff says.
The word is perhaps an imitation of the barking of a small dog.