From Philip A. Ramsay's edition, with additions by Chris Morrison.

The ch and gh have generally the guttural sound. The sound of the English diphthong oo is commonly spelled ou. The French u, a sound which often occurs in the Scottish language, is marked oo, or ui, and sometimes (as in gude) u only. The a, in genuine Scottish words, except when forming a diphthong, or followed by an e mute after a single consonant, sounds generally like the broad English a in wall. The Scottish diphthongs ae, always, and ea, very often, sound like the French e masculine. The Scottish dipthong ey, sounds like the Latin ei. With regard to words which have more meanings than one, we have, it general, thought it necessary to give only those meanings in which they are employed by the author.


I’, in.
Ill-faur'd, ill favoured.
Ilk, ilka, each, every.
Ingle, fire, fire-place.
Inmaist, inmost.
I'se, I shall or will.
Ither, other, one another


Jink, to turn suddenly.
Jirgum, to jerk as with a fiddle-bow, (a cant word.)
Joe, a sweetheart.
Jorum jirger, a player of tunes on the fiddle, (a cant word.)
Jouk, to bend, to turn suddenly.


Kebar, (cabbar) a rapacious person.
Ken, to know.
Kennin, acquaintance, a small portion, a slight degree.
Kimmer, a gossip.
Kintra, country.
Kirk, a church.
Kirkward, churchward.
Kirk-yard, a church-yard.
Knowe, a small round hillock.
Kyte, the belly.


Labster, a lobster.
Laddie, a boy; a fondling term applied to a young man.
Ladin’, a load.
Laigh, low.
Lair, to stick in the mire.
Laird, a landholder.
Laith, loath.
Lan', land.
Lane, lone, alone; lanely, lonely.
Lang, long.
Lang-kail, coleworts not shorn.
Langsome, tedious, longsome.
Lapstane, the stone a shoe-maker holds on his knee or lap to beat leather upon.
Lave, the rest, the others.
Laverock, a lark.
Lawin, a reckoning.
Lea, pasture ground
Lea', to leave.
Leal, loyal, true, faithful.
Lear, learning.
Lee-lang, live-long.
Leeze-me! (leif-is-me! ) dear is to me; a phrase of self-gratification.
Leuch, leugh, did laugh.
Licht, a light; ( adject.) light; ( verb,) to light.
Lift, the sky.
Lilt, a ballad, a tune ; to sing.
Lingel, shoemaker's thread.
Linn, a cataract ; the pool
under a cataract.
Lintie, a linnet.
Lo'e, to love.
Loof, (plural, looves,) the palm of the hand.
Loup, a leap ; to leap.
Lowe, a flame ; to burn.
Luik, a look ; to look
Lug, the ear.
Luggie, a small wooden dish with a handle.
Luit, loot, did let.
Lum, a chimney ; lum-pig, a chimney can.
Lyart, of a mixed colour, grey.


Mae, or mair, more.
Mailing, a farm.
Maist, most ; maistly, mostly. Mane,
Mane ; to moan.
Maun, must.
Maun na’, must not.
Mavis, a thrush.
Maw, to mow.
Meikle, much.
Mennoun, a minnow.
Messan. a small dog.
Minnie, mother.
Mirk, dark.
Mirly-breasted, speckled on the. breast.
Mischanter, mishanter, misfortune.
Mither, mother.
Mizzly, mizzled, having different colours.
Mole-ee’t, mole-eyed.
Mony, many.
Mool, to crumble.
Mou', the mouth.
Muckle, much.
Munonday, Monday.


Na, no, not, nor.
Nae, no, not, any.
Naething, nothing.
Nane, none.
Nappy, ale.
Neb, the nose, used ludicrously.
Ne'er-do-weel, one whose con­duct gives reason to think that he will never do well; a scapegrace.
Neist, next.
Neuk, nook, corner.
Nocht, nothing.
Norland, belonging to the North.