Scottish Words Glossary: K from A-Z
Scottish Word  Phonetic  Meaning  Word in Context
Scottish Word  Phonetic  Meaning  Word in Context
kabbelow ˈkabɪlʌu potatoes and cabbages mashed with butter, my granny a great cook used a lot of butter and made a mean mustard sauce that prepared me for any curry I would ever eat.  
kail | kale kel a broth usually of curly kale (a hardy type from the cabbage family), a soup but the term often means one's main meal as a whole in context
pea-kail | nettle-kail as a broth it is often prefixed by whatever other alternative main ingredient is used  
kail-bell dinner bell in context
kail-blade the leaf of the colewort (kale)  
kail-runt the stem of the colewort (kale)  
kail-whittle | kail-gullie kel ˈhwıtl  a cabbage knife  
kail-yard | kailyaird keljerd  a kitchen garden  
kailwirm caterpillar  
earn the salt fur yer kail make a living  
scaud yer tongue in ither folk's kail meddle, interfere when not welcome in context
kaim | kame ˈkem a comb, a long narrow steep sided ridge  
kain | kane ken a portion of produce given as rent, a quantity of cheese  
kaip | kep cap  
kaitie beardie woman with hairy lip or chin, playfully giving a child a scratchy stubbly cuddle, a loach  
katie-beardie from a very old Scots song; katie-beardie had a coo, black and white aboot the moo, wasni that a dainty coo, dance katie-beardy etc. replacing the animal to alter each verse. I remember my granny singing it to my younger sibblings  
kauch | kiauch kɑx care, worry, anxiety  
kebars rafters  
kebbock | kebbuck a whole cheese in context
kebbuck heel the last crust or end crust of a cheese  
keck a sharp noise made by the jackdaw, to draw back from a bargain, flinch  
kecks | keks kɛks trousers  
keckle kɛkl cackle  
keech | keich | kich ˈkix excrement, defecate in context
keechle ˈkixl  giggle  
ked | keb a sheep tick  
kedge stuff  
keek kik peep in context
keek o' day crack of dawn  
keeker kikər eye, a black eye in context
keekin gless mirror, a spy-glass. in context
keekit peeped  
keel red ochre soft chalk to mark sheep  
keelie | keilie tough male city dweller  
keelin | keilin ˈkilɪn a cod  
keelivine | keilivine ˈkilɪvəin a lead pencil  
keepie-in pupil kept in for detention  
keeroch ˈk(w)irəx a term for a horrible or strange mixture  
keest sap, pith, substance  
keetchin | keitchin kitchen  
keevie | keivee | kievie ˈkiˈvi on the alert, in high spirits  
keinin | keenin wailing  
kell spring, fountain  
kellach ˈkɛləx big conical basket that you can drop stuff out of the base usually for carrying dung  
kelp mischevious young person  
kelpie ˈkɛlpɪ water demon (in the form of a horse usually) lure the unsuspecting to their deaths  
kelt spawned salmon  
kelter ˈkjɛlər tumble headlong  
kelterin undulating  
kemp contend, competition, a champion fighter  
ken kɛn know in context
kenmerk | kenmark distinguishing mark, mark of ownership, in context
kenna know not  
kennin trace  
kenspeckle ˈkɛnˈspɛkl conspicuous, freckles  
kent knew, known in context
a kent face an aquaintance re-met  
a freend's never kent till he's needed you find you're true friends when you are in need of real help  
kennle | kinnle ˈkɛnl kindle  
kep catch, a cap  
kepper a good catcher, keeper in context
kerds kɛrds cards  
kerry | cairrie | cairry carry in context
kerry-oot collection of drinks being taken to a party, a collection of drink from a visit to an off-license in context
kert | cairt | cart kɛrt a cart, to carry, to convey something in context
ket the fleece on a sheep's body, carrion  
ketach ˈkitəx the left hand  
kettle | kettil large cooking pot  
keuch kjʌx cough persistently from a tickle in the throat  
kevel ˈkɛvl hold oneself awkwardly, scold, a big hammer  
kekx kɛks the cow parsnip  
key quay  
kibble ˈkɪbl well built, active  
kibbling a big stout stick for thumping  
kickmaleerie kɪkməˈlirɪ flimsy trifling thing  
kicher kɪxər cough, titter  
kiggle to wobble in context
kiggle-kaggle ˈkɪglˈkagl (curling) - stone zig zags off several other stones to reach its objective  
kil | kill kiln, a lime kiln  
kilfuddoch kɪlˈfʌdox a huddle and discussion in context
kill beat soundly, hurt badly, be exhausted - it's killin me  
killiecoup kɪlɪˈkʌup tumble head over heels  
killieleepie kɪlɪˈlipɪ common sandpiper  
kilt | killt killed  
kilt to overturn, to allow run off (stone), tuck up one's skirts, roll up one's sleeves, to string up, the proper way of doing something - the 'trick'  
kilt a garment like a skirt made of yards and yards of woolen tartan fabric, doubled and unpleated at the front where the hem just touches the ground if you kneel while keeping the thighs and torso upright. It's heavily pleated at the back (for men) worn with a belt and sporran - a womens kilt is a much more simple pleated skirt and definitely no sporran. A multi accessory garment for all ocassions, it can be worn at weddings, funerals (with black cover), barbecues, posh black tie do's and for hillwalking - even in winter. Ladies don't care for Scotsmen to be rock or tree climbing in it though.  
high-kilted having the skirts well tucked up - imodest  
kilter ˈkɪltər good spirits, balance and harmony in context
kilmarnock bonnet a flat broad woolen bonnet of blue, red or green  
kimmer a wench  
kimmers young women  
kin | kyn related, relation, same kind, same sort in context
kinch ˈkɪntʃ twist in rope, fall of the dice, opportunity  
king's-hood the 2nd stomach in a ruminant  
kink gasp spasmodically, choke with laughter  
kink-hoast whooping cough  
kinsch bar kɪnʃˈbar a lever used for quarrying stone  
kip | kype play truant, a peak of or on a hill, hurry  
kippage ′kɪpədʒ Disorder, confusion, fuss, predicament also pre 1700 the crew of a vessel in context
kirdandy kɪrˈdandɪ uproar  
kirk kɪrk church in context
kirkyaird kɪrkyerd churchyard  
kirkyaird deserter not looking in good health, coffin dodger in context
come awa intae the body of the kirk inviting a person to come and join the company or to move further in and commit to the comfort of one's home  
mak a kirk or a still do what the hell you like, good or bad, it's of no concern to me  
kirn | curn churn  
kirn noxtɪ A celebration with feasting and dancing, to mark the conclusion of cutting the corn or the end of harvest. A private celebration. in context
kirnel kernel, swollen gland  
kirstenin christening  
kirtle kɪrtt to clothe, dress  
kist kɪst chest in context
kist fu o whistles having a wheezy chest, church organ  
kith kɪθ relations, neighbours  
kithan ˈkɪθən rascal, blackguard in context
kittle tickle, stimulate, promote, (curling) give speed to the stone by sweeping the ice in front of it in context
kittle ˈkɪtl give birth (small animals)  
kittlie itchy, ticklish, intricate, in context
kittlin tickling in context
kittlin kitten  
kiver | keever | cuiver | kivver | cuver cover  
knackered exhausted, worn out in context
knackie | nacky | knacketie ˈknakı clever, ingenious, adroit, skillful in context
Klingoan Klingon in context
knag, knab, nabb, nag a knot or spur projecting from a tree, a person of importance, snob, nob, pine knot or root  
at the knag an the widdie at loggerheads  
knaggie knobby  
knap | nap kneecap, knock, knob, a strong sturdy boy  
knapdarloch knapˈdɑrləx a knot of crap and dirt hanging from the coat or tail of an animal, term of contempt for a person in context
knappin-hammers hammers for breaking stones.  
knapscap | knapskall ˈknapskap a metal shell worn defensively as a scullcap under a hat or bonnet in context
knar a knot in wood, a burly hardy person  
kned nɛd knead  
knee | kne | knie ˈni knee, a bend in the plough, a knee shaped angle in an implement  
kneevle | knievle | kneevil ˈknivl a bit, lump  
kneggum ˈknɛgəm disagreeable taste  
knewel a cross bar or toggle in context
knibloch ˈknıbləx small round stone  
knick | nick click, tick, break, snap  
knidge knɪdʒ rub, squeeze, press (with the knees)  
knip break off, snap, crop grass, mischevious little boy - nipper  
knitch a bundle, trussed up stuff  
knock | nock clock, nock-hoose - a steeple with a clock  
knock hillock  
knockle ˈknokl knuckle, any rounded lump of bone under the skin in context
knoit, noit a large lump, bunion, a sharp blow,a knock  
knot a knot, a lump  
affen the knot foolish, mad in context
a knotless threid, knotless futile, aimless, ineffective (the thread aye slips out of the needle) in context
knotty a name for shinty  
a knardy knotty a term for a tough resilient person  
knoud nʌud the grey grunyard  
knowe kno knoll, hillock  
knowpert ˈknʌupərt crowberry  
knurl a bump, lump  
knuse | knoose | noose | noozle nuz squeeze, press down, cuddle  
knype | knyp knəip nock, strike sharply, tie boats together in harbour as more secure than single mooring rope  
kosch hollow, full of holes  
kyauve kyɑv toil, wrestle laboriously, or toss restlessly  
kyaw | kae kjɑ jackdaw, its call  
kye kəi cows, cattle  
kyle kaɪl a narrrow strait or arm of the sea, or narrow part of a river, ninepin or skittle or the game, chance  
kype, kipe shallow scooped hollow for marbles  
kyte | kite belly, stomach  
kythe | kithe kaıð appear, show, display, reveal by words  
kythin manifestation, a brightening sky  

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