12 Scottish monsters a man and a turnip get ready to sally forth.
The Scottish Word:


Weel coo, it seems it’s jist you ahn me fur the guising.

Mind you there could be oniebody oot here in this mirk for aw the licht this tumshie lantern’s giein us.


tumshie: turnip, a foolish person.

Well cow, it seems it is just you and me out here in the darkness to go trick or treating.

Mind you there could be anybody out here in this darkness for all the light this turnip lantern is giving us.

The Scottish Word: tumshie with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

5 thoughts on “Tumshie.

  1. Nope, they are right. A tumshie is a turnip where I come from. It is also used to describe someone who is a bit of an idiot.

    1. When I was a wee boy in Glasgow in the 1950s, it was not unusual to be held down by older kids and not released until you said “I’m my mammie’s wee tumshie”.

      1. Same here George, I lived in Oatlands in Glasgow and that saying was used if someone was acting a bit silly or wimpish,

  2. Tumshie means idiot or stupid person. Don’t think this was written by a Scot. Spellings and use of tumshie is wrong.

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