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Here’s another selection of Norfolk words – taking us from E to H – now that you’ve mastered the earlier selection.

If you still want to sound like a real local, wherever you are in Norfolk, you’ll ‘hatta larn ’em orf b' haart’! Then, whether you’re gorn frum Alshum to Windum (I coon’t find one a-startin’ with ‘Z’), Hearsbruh or Hunny, you’ll know what we’re a-talkin’ about!

So, come yew on, tergether, an’ git these inta yar hids an’ orl – ’corse there’ll be questions axed at the end onnit!


Dialect word(s) Meaning
Elijahs String tied around labourer’s trousers, just below the knee.
Erriwiggle Earwig.
Ewe Owed: “My mawther ewe the Milkman two weeks!”


Dialect word(s) Meaning
Fare To be, feel or seem: “That fare like rearn, an’ I dun’t fare too well!”
Fierce A state of health: “My Martha ent tew ferce terday.”
Finnicky Fussy, too particular (over food).
Floater Type of dumpling.
Fourses Tea break in the afternoon (traditionally in the harvest field).
Fosey Stale, mildewed (food): “My apple wuz fosey!”
Frazzled Frayed, worn (garments); worried, anxious (nerves).
Friz, frooz Frozen: “That hoolly frooz laarst night, an’ the pond was friz.”
Fumble-fisted Clumsy.
Furriner Someone from furrin (foreign) parts.
Fy-out Clean out (ditches) - but: “He gev his snout a good ole


Dialect word(s) Meaning
Gansey Fishermen’s jersey or heavy jumper made of oiled wool.
Garp, gorp To gape: “That Missus Smith dew gorp outta har net cartins.”
Gret, greart Great: “Thass a greart ole lobsta yew’re got there, bor!”
Grizzle Cry (with pain): “The littl’un grizzled orl night, what with har teeth a-comin’.”
Gurn To grin, make faces.
Guzunder Chamber pot: goes under the bed.


Dialect word(s) Meaning
Ha and hacker To stutter.
Haller Shout loudly.
Hamper To damage or hinder: “I woulda bin hare sooner, but the rearn hampered me!”
Harnser Heron.
Hedge Betty Hedge sparrow.
Het Heated: “Hent yew het the kittle yit?”
Hid Head: “I thacked my hid on that there tree!”
Higgle To bargain or argue.
Hin A chicken.
Hitch up To make room: “Hitch up, bor, then there’ll be room fur me an’orl on the seat!”
Hold yew hard! Listen a minute, hang on a moment.
Hoss Horse, also be boisterous: “Yew hatta hoss about, dun’t yew? Yew hoolly cearme hossin down the rud on yar scoota!”
Howsomever However.
Huh (On the) Uneven, not level: “That wall yew built wuz on the huh!” Alternatively: “On the sosh.”
Hull To pitch or throw: “He hulled the ball at me and it hit me in the gut; what med me hull up!”
Hunnycart Vehicle for collecting night soil: “Thass afore the days o’ water closets, tew yew, mileardy!”

How are you getting on? Ready for some more? ’Course you are, so click the link to I–L and continue!

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