Dictionary of Cornish Words and Phrases

original compilation by Mike Waterfall
(Mike@mwaterfall.demon.co.uk)
and supplemented by
Carys Morgan
(CMorgan@stratusconsulting.com)

(my thanks to Mike for permission to publish it on my web site)

ANGON FURWE Please wait for us
AREE GAWN? Are you going?
AVEE? Have you?
AVEEDUNUN? Have you taken the necessary steps to complete your course of action?
AVEEGOTUN? Have you found what you were seeking?
AVEESEENUN? Have you seen that for which you seek?
AWRIGHT 'N AREE? All right then are you?
BETTERGOGITUN I had better depart and fetch the article for which I was sent
BINUNDUNUN I have been and carried out my allotted task
BOROWUN KANEE? Can he borrow him/her/it?
CAIN TELLY I cannot, or will not, give you the information you seek
COSTY MUCH DIDA? Are you prepared to tell me how much it cost you?
CUMUZ ON NOW Let's go!
DEAROVIM or DEAROBM How nice of him
DIDDY ABM? Did you have it?/ Did he/she have it?/Did anyone have it?
DIDDY NAWN? Did you know the person of whom we speak?
EAVYIZZA Heavy is it?
EDGE Hedge or wall
ELLYDOINOV What are you doing/trying to do?
EZ Yes
EZYAU I am in agreement with you on this matter
EZYAW (see EZYAU)
FAITHURGOTUN My father has that which you seek
FARIZA? How far away is it?
FERCRISAEIK For goodness sake!
GAWN AREE (see AREE GAWN)
GIBMEREMIT Give the item to me for a short while
GIBMTHABOY Give it to the boy/Delegate the job to the boy
GOTUNAVEE (see AVEEGOTUN)
GOYNARY? Are you going?
G'SONUPANGIDDEN Please go up and get it for me
GUSSON I don't see your point, get on (your way)
HOFFIZER (Police) Officer, no other Cornish dialect word start with an 'aitch'
IDN Is not / hidden e.g. IDNIZZA = hidden is it or
IDNIDNIIZZA? It isn't hidden is it?
ILLY Extremely steep or mountainous
IZZA Is it / are you
IZZE (see IZZA)
IZZUN (see IZZA)
KILLUN DIDDY? Did you terminate his/her/its existence? also used for all animals
LEEBM DIDDY? Did you leave him/her/it?
LEEBM ERE? Do you want to leave it with me?
LEEBM LAWN Leave him/her/it alone
LIKUN DIDDY? Did you like him/her/it, see previous
LIKUN DOEE? Do you like him/her/it?
MADDERDOIT Does it matter?
MAITHER Mother
MEENUN DOEE? Do you mean it?
MENTUT DIDDY? Did you mean it?
MUMSMAIDDUN It was made by my mother.
MYGAR Good heavens above! / Good gracious me!
NAWN DIDDY? (see DIDDY NAWN)
NAWTHUN WIDDEN Nothing with him/her/it e.g. Whisky, NAWTHUN WIDDEN
OLLER TUEN DIDDY? Did you try to attract their attention by calling?
OWAREE? How are you?
OWAREE PARD? How are you, friend?
PALLY WIDDEN IZZY? Is he a friend of yours?
PALLY WIDDEN WAZZA? Were you a friend of his?
PARD Close friend/acquaintance/stranger of either sex.
PASTY DIDDY? Were you overtaken?
PICHER Picture
PIDDLETOWN DIDDA? Heavy rain, is it?
PIZEN DAWN Very heavy rain
PURDY IZZA? Is he/she/it beautiful?
PURDY SAPICHER Pretty as a picture
PURDY WANNA? Wasn’t that beautiful?
RONG WAZZA? Were you incorrect?
RUFAZRATS Feeling poorly, also used to describe anything not working correctly
SEENUN AVEE? Have you seen him/her/it?
STAYLUN Borrowing something, with no intention of returning it!
TEEON IZZA? Is the tea on? (could also be TEEON IZZE or TEEON IZZUN)
TELLUN DIDDY? Did you tell him/her/it?
TIZZARDLEE ON! You can't be serious!
TOSSNEER Will you thrown it to me?
ULLON YAW Hold on you! e.g. "ULLON YAW" ZED HOFFIZER PENBURTHY
ULLONAMINIT Please wait a short time
VELLENS Those which HOFFIZERS seek
WERZETOO EN? Where is he/she/it?
WEARMTOO See WERZETOO EN
WOZELIKE? How are you, How is it, also used when someone has done something silly
WOZMAR WIDDEN? What’s wrong with him/her/it?
WOTEEGOYNDOWIDDEN What are you going to do with it?
WURZTOOEN (WURZNTOO) Where is it, then?
YAW You
ZED Said e.g. EZEDUN - He said it

 
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