There’s no denying that the North East is a rich epicentre of varied accents with their own phrases and inflections, but it’s safe to say the Geordie language takes the cake for being its own dialect.

Considering this, there’s no shortage of excellent, and historical, phrases and slang words that many in the North East use.

We’ve pulled together 20 of the best Geordie phrases used across the North East and what they mean and how they’re used.

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This is by no means a complete list and you’re more than happy to tell us if you agree or not and offer up your own favourite Geordie phrase – let us know below in the comments or using our form.

These are our top 20 Geordie words and phrases – do you agree?


Meaning: Yes

Usage: “Aye, you can have a piece of me fish”

This popular Geordie phrase has been picked up across the North East and is a well known addition to the North East dialect. Sometimes even reaching far beyond the North East.

Gan or gannin

Meaning: Going

Usage: “Aye, I’m gannin doon toon lata”


Meaning: Nothing

Usage: “There’s nowt gannin on today.”

Another popular phrase picked up by other areas of the North East this one.


Meaning: Don’t

Usage: “I divvent know like”


Meaning: Good

Usage: “That’s propa class bait like”

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Meaning: Beautiful

Usage: “That’s a bonny lass owa there”


Meaning: Tired

Usage: “Had a late neet last neet, so I’m knackered”

Lad and lass or laddie and lassie

Meaning: boy and girl

Usage: “That toilet is for laddies and that toilet is for lassies”

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Meaning: Right

Usage: “Put that doon reet now” sometimes used as “A ya alreet?”


Meaning drunk:

Usage: “Am gannin doon toon the neet, ganna get mortal.”

Cheers pet

Meaning: Thanks

Usage: “Pass me bait, cheers pet.”

He’s geet canny as oot

Meaning: He’s a really nice person

Usage: “A luv wor lad (boyfriend), he’s geet canny as oot like.”

A luv yee pet

Meaning: I love you

Usage: “Divvent be gannin, a luv yee pet.”

Howay man

Meaning: Come on!

Usage: “Howay man ref, that’s a penalty!”

Are yee daft?

Meaning: Are you stupid

Usage: “Na man, I divvent want it, are yee daft?”

Whey aye man

Meaning: Yes

Usage: “Dee I want a cuppa? Whey aye man.”

Canny good like

Meaning: Good

Usage: “That beer’s canny good like”

Divvent get is wrang pet

Meaning: Don’t get me wrong

Usage: “Divvent get is wrang pet, I like spicey food as much as any lad, but…”

He was gan propa radge

Meaning: He was getting really angry

Usage: “After having the curry he was gan propa radge.”

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Areet wor kid?

Meaning: Hello

Usage: “Areet wor kid, how ye doin’?”


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