All Hands: Everyone


Back-biter: a individual who talks negatively about others


Batter:  Get lost,


Bawkity: uncoordinated. Trips on thin air.


Bitten Stick: Used for tying wood on a slide


Blustery: windy, rainy, miserable weather.


Bockety: Unsteady


Bollocks: generally means same as football.


Bore: as in the speed of water “keen bore in the gut”


Boxcar: used for hauling various things on a horse that would otherwise fall

off a draycar


Bulk: area in a stable for storing hay


Brazen: Smart mouthed


Bresney: bundle of firewood, load of dry twigs


Cape Ann: Fisherman’s hat


Chainies: Pieces of coloured glass that have been shaped and smoothened out and deposited by the movement of the ocean. Round chainies were called “glassy rocks” 


Christer:  the same as a Jo Jeezler.


Chronics:  Twisted wood


Chuckle: To give a gentle blow under the chin, to grasp someone by the throat


Church Key: Bottle opener.


Clout: a smack


Codding: joking, unbelievable


Crackie:  small mixed breed dog, generally barks a lot.


Crit: To stoop/squat 

Croodle: To stoop/squat 

Crossackle: To vex by argument

Cruisheens:   Homemade stilts. The name comes right from Ireland.

Cubby:  Playing house with second hand dishes, chainies and pretend food. Sometimes the girls would make a sort of lean-to “house” with boards or pieces of wood.

Dale:  a long plank

Dairy: Storage Shed

Darby: Hard Case or troublesome.


Dart: a short quick trip


Day Bed:  Particular shape of small bed or couch usually situated in the eating room.


Dipper: small pot for dipping up water


Dodge:  to stroll casually

Dozen: 12 beers or a case of beer.


Duckish:  dark and gloomy, end of the day

Dunghell:  Derived from “dunghill”. “Dung” was the manure from the stable animals. It was pitched out through a hole and, over time, it formed a mound or hill. Eventually, it would be removed to spread on the gardens as a fertilizer.


Drawers:  Long Underwear.


Draycar:  used for hauling hay on a horse.


Dresser: An old-fashioned kitchen cupboard

Droke: Tuck or Knap of woods

Dyke:  an open ditch

Eating Room: Informal Dining Room

Foolie Ollie:    A person acting in a silly manner.


Football:  Generally someone who is good for nothing or that has fouled something up “He’s a keen football”.


Frankum:  Turpentine from a tree


Front Room: the part of the house that’s all done up but nobody was allowed to go, usually covered in plastic. Aka Parlor.


Gaff: Long or short pole with a hook used on boats.


Gadrock: a right sized rock to use in a wooden grapple anchor used for fishing nets and traps.


Gamebag: Rucksack or knapsack




Glauvaun/Glawvawn:  To complain.


Glitter: Coating of ice deposited on exposed objects by freezing rain.


Gly: baited instrument used to catch gulls.


Gommel:  A foolish Person


Goowitty, Goody, Goulworthy:   a type of weed


Grand: Big ways.


Gulch: Small stream and valley.


Gulley:  Small Stream


Gulley Jumpers: Cutoff Rubbers


gurry: blood or slime from fish

Gut: Small waterway entrance


Gruff: Pick-axe with  one flat side.


Half: six pack of beer.


Hand-cart/Hand-cat: Small sled used to haul wood


Hare’s Ears, Hazures, *: A pair of pointed rocks protruding above the surface, twin peaks (of a hill), Seary, 1971 Two rocks, known as Hare’s Ears 40 Feet high, lie close eastward of Branch head. Source:  Dictionary of Newfoundland English pages 241-242  Hasures (note another spelling is used by Seary in this instance) is the name given to a rock split in the middle looking like hare’s ears. 1971 Seary 87 Hare’s Ears… Is a descriptive which occurs in at least seven localities in Newfoundland to describe two steep adjacent pinnacle-like rocks. Standing offshore Please Note The Canada Gazette notes the official name as Hare’s Ears  therefore everyone’s individualized spelling is correct for them!

Hayper: Nothing

Helf: Axe handle


Hip Rubbers:  Hip waders


Hollywood: an exceptionally good looking woman—a favourite word of Joe Mooney—”She’s a keen Hollywood”


Hot Toddy:  Hot water mixed with rum and sugar


Hotten: To heat up


Hove: to lean or produce “ he hove up his guts”


Igjit: (E-jit) – Idiot


Jingler: Small cod fish


Jink: One who brings bad luck, cast a spell on


Jinker: a person who wore grey or coloured nippers


Joog: To drink or drain completely

Jowls: the lower cheek bone of a cod fish.


Jo Jeezler: A mischievous person


Junk: a piece of wood, cut to fit a stove, or a junk of salt meat

Keen Dose: A lot of


Kersheens: Homemade stlits


Knob: stund person.


Lacing: a beating or a physical punishment

Laddio: a mischievous boy

Landwash: Beach, generally rocky.


Lassy: molasses

Lifter: Tool for lifting the lid on a wood stove.


Lolly: Loose Ice


Lots: enough - “That’s lots” as opposed to give me more “ give me a lot of it”, often confuses mainlanders.


Log-loaded:  fully laden with fish, very drunk

Longer: a fence rail


Loop or lube: Rabbit Snare made of wire

Linney:  A storage room or a shed attached to the back of one’s house.

Link ‘um: Join together

Maggoty: mean a lot of, very or much. “ maggoty drunk”.


Maul:  big wooden hammer for driving stakes.


Mauzy: Misty

Mawkish:  A silly, foolish person

Maw Mouth:  A person who had a lot to say: braggart. A loud mouth.

Millering: Matchmaking

Mind: Watch your manners

Mouth Organ: harmonica


Mug-up: a light snack

Multitude: A large amount

Nippers:  white knitted hand protectors padded with wool or other material. Nippers were slipped over the palm of fishermen’s hands to help prevent chaffing.

Noentoff:  derived from “no end of”


Offal: discarded fish Guts and bones


Paddy Keefe:  near


Parlour-End: Living Room

Pick-a-ninny:  bubble gum.


Pitch-black:  Very dark (like tar)


Plock:  Fill


Pound: Hold for the fish in a skiff. Also stall for a horse.


Puncheon: Large measure of rum,


Prate:  a lot of talk, chatter


Proper:   Often used to magnify an adjective.


Prise: to lift open


















Branch Come Home Year

August 9-19, 2007