40 Best everyday words with totally different meanings in Scotland from 'Winch' to 'Poke'

If you live in Scotland or have Scottish friends then you likely know the alternative (and often colourful) meanings behind these everyday English words.

England is not too far away down South yet to English people Scotland can seem like a different planet as the colourful expressions and diversity of accents could leave any newcomer scratching their head.

Interestingly, this isn’t just a case of ‘slang’ or Billy Connolly-esque accents as Scotland is considered a multilingual country as official languages include Scots, Scottish Gaelic and of course English all come together with an array of beautiful accents and dialects.

If you’re from Scotland, or have lived there, then you’ll know well that we have (somehow) developed our own language when it comes to using English – and so certain words don’t mean what the Collins Dictionary told you so when you’re here.

To spare you asking for translations, here are 40 everyday English words and phrases with totally different meanings in Scotland.

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