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Hillbilly Southern Dictionary was not created to offend our southern or hillbilly heritage. It was created for humor and to share a small part of the 'southern heritage'.

If you ever talk to a down-home southerner you probably won't know what hit you.  A southerner will talk to you like they've known you all their lives. We Southerners are friendly, charming, quick to smile and have a wonderful sense of humor.

If you know someone from the South or visit us and can't understand a word we say, look here and maybe you'll find some answers. You will not find any more prouder, hardworking, responsible and generous people on the planet ... we love like saints - hate like the devil, eat like pigs, and work like nobody's business.

Translating southern, hillbilly, redneck, words, slang, sayings, sass, and sentences into English.

Southronese:dialect of various southron peoples; an umbrella term for many different inflections and combinations of quaint sayings and words. Some may mistake it for uneducated; but it's really reflective.

Addled - Confused, disoriented, tongue-tied - "She gets right addled in front of cute boys."

Ain't got but - Have only, as in “He ain’t got but a dime.”

Aim to - Plan to do something - "I aim to mow that yard tomorrow."

All-fired - Extremely, very - “She’s so all-fired lazy no one wants to hire her.”

All tore up - Very disturbed, emotionally upset - "She got all tore up just because!"

Ahmagin - short for "I imagine"..."ahmagine yanks wont ever understand"

Aplenty - Plenty, an abundance, "I've had aplenty, thank ye."

Ary - None - "She aint got ary a cent."





Bad as I hate to - I don't really want to - "Bad as I hate to, I have to tell her the truth."

Bad sick - very ill - "Granma took bad sick real quick."

Best - Another Southernism that is usually used in the negative - "You best not bother Bubba bout his car. He just had to spend $500 on it."

Break - To induce the abandonment of an undesirable trait or habit - "I'm gonna break you from that if it's the last thing I do!"

Bound and determined - Irrevocably committed to do something - "He's bound and determined to go fishing even if it means misssing his mama's birthday!"

Burnt-out on - Tired or sick of - "I just got burnt-out on trying to please her."



Coming up a cloud - It is going to rain - "Looks like it's coming up a cloud"

Commence - To begin or start - "When y'all get quiet we'll commence the ceremony."

Contrary - Stubborn - as in 'contrary old kodger' - "If he gets any more contrary, we'll have to light a fire under him to get him to move."

Cotton Pickin' - Despicable, wretched - "Get your cotton pickin' self over here!"

Country Mile - Any long distance - "We drove a country mile before we knew we were lost."

Crack of day - Dawn or daybreak - "He's up at the crack of day."

Cub tryin to be a bear- Trying to be grownup - "He's a cub tryin to be a bear."

Cut off - To switch off - "Cut off that light over yonder, will you."



Dab - A small quanity - "Put a little dab of soda on that bee sting."

Didn't nobody - A common double negative - "Didn't nobody want to go."

Dinner and Supper - Dinner is what Southerners eat when others are having lunch, usually at 12:00. Supper is what Southerners eat when others are having dinner, usually around 6:00.

Directly - Before long - "I'll be along directly."

Dirty-up -To soil or get dirty - "Don't you dirty up them brand spankin' new pants, ya hear?"

Done and gone ahead - went ahead and did it - "He done and gone ahead without a word."

Don't got but - Only have - "I don't got but a penny to my name."

Draw up - To shrink - "If you wash it in hot water, it'll draw up."



"Eatin high on the hog".....meaning "eating good"

Egg on - To nag someone - "When I spend too much, you just egg on and on and on." - also to urge someone to do something - "They egged him on until he finally gave it a try."

Ever - Always - "She was ever a pretty one."

Everwhichway - In all directions - "He let go the hose pipe and it went everwhichway."



Fairly - Nearly, almost - "We're doing fairly well."

Fair piece - A long distance - "We came a fair piece to see you."

Falling-out - Disagreement - "He had a falling-out with his brother over their job."

Favor - To resemble - "I know that's your daughter 'cause you favor."

Feisty - to be frisky, high spirited - "Well ain't you feisty today!"

First light - Dawn - "We'll be on our way at first light."

Fixin' - Preparing - “I’m fixin' to get mad now.”

Fool thing - Foolish thing - "That was such a fool thing to do."

Fret - To worry - "Don't fret now, Mama's gonna take care of everything."



Get about - To move around - "She can't hardly get about anymore."

Get gone - To depart or to leave - "Well, I better get gone."

Get me - To get for oneself - "I'm gonna get me some of them apples."

Gimme - give me - "Gimme a hand."

Give out - Very tired - "I am plumb give out!"

Go in - To begin, especially a church service or schooltime. "School goes in at 9 o'clock."

Go to the house - To go to home. "Lets go to the house."

Gracious plenty - More than enough - "She always has a gracious plenty for company."

Gudnuf - short for "good enough"...aint no yank gudnuf fer one of my daughters"

Hadn't ought - Ought not, should not - "He hadn't ought to of said those things to her."

Hanker - To crave or desire "I've been hankering for some good ole grits."

Hear tell - To hear something said - "I hear tell Martha's getting married."

“He’s three sheets to the wind.” - If someone has had one too many drinks ~ sent in from Jake~ Argo,Alabama Hissy - A fit - "She's gonna have a hissy fit when she sees this mess!"

Hold your horses - be patient - "I'm almost ready! Hold your horses!"

How come? - Why? - "How come you went and done that?"

Hose pipe - water hose - "Wind up the hose pipe when you finish washing the car."

Hurt - To suffer or have need. - "We're hurtin' for money real bad."



Ill as a hornet - Angry, very irritable - "He came home from work ill as a hornet."

In a great while - In a long period of time - "I haven't seen him in a great while."

Is all - Sometimes used as a shortened form of "that's all" at the end of sentences. - "I just pushed him is all."



Keep your britches on - Don't be so impatient - "I'm coming! Just keep your britches on!"

Kin to - Related to - "Are you kin to the Bishops?"

Kodger - an old fool - "That old kodger almost lost his house in a bet."



Layin' up - Resting, or as Southern women usually put it, loafing. "Cecil didn't go to work today 'cause of a chronic case of laziness. He's been layin' up in the house all day, drivin' me crazy."

Learn - Teach - "I'm gonna learn you a thing or two."

Least one - The smallest or youngest child in a family - "Mama takes up for the least one."

Leastways - At least - "Leastways, he can pay half of it." Let alone - Much less - "He can't even hold a job and support himself, let alone support a family."

Let out - Dismissed - "What time does school let out?"

“Let it roll off you like water off a duck’s back”. To tell someone not to let life’s problems get him or her down ~ sent in from JSmith~Mobile,Al

Light out - To depart hastily - "He lit out like lightnin'."

Like for - To like, to desire, to wish - "I would like for you to do it."

Like to - Almost - "I like to of broke my leg gittin' outta there."



Make out; Make out like - To pretend - "He made out like he didn't see us."

Mamma - A mother is more often called "mamma" than "mom" in the South.

Mash - To press - "I mashed the 'play' button but it don't work."

Meet up with - To become aquainted with; overtake; meet by chance - "Guess who we met up with yesterday."

Mess - A large quantity, enough for a meal - "We have a whole mess of poke sallet." - also, one who carries on - "Ain't he a mess!"

Might could - Might be able to - "If you ask kindly, I might could."

Mind - To remind; remember - "You mind what I said."

Misery - An ache or pain. - "I've had misery in my back for two weeks now."

Much obliged - Thank you - "I would be much obliged if you would run me (take me) to the store."



Nairn - Not any; not one - "I ain't got nairn." (pronounced NARN)

Nary - Not - "I ain't got nary a one." Nary a one - none, not a single one

No-count - Good-for-nothing - sometimes said together for emphasis - "That no-count good-for-nothing expects me to wait on him hand and foot."

Nohow - In no manner; no way - "I can't do it nohow."

None - Sometimes used for "at all" as a form of double negative in sentences like "It shouldn't hurt you none."

Not about to - To have no intention at all of doing something - "I'm not about to clean out that nasty thing!"



Of - oftens sounds as if 'of' is substituted for 'have' in Southern speech, as in "He could of come," but of here is usually a weak pronunciation of have (uhv). Sometimes have is even reduced further, as in "He shoulda come."

Ornery - Mean; stubborn - "That ornery old mule is still sittin' around doing nothing."

Ought; ought to - Often used in preference of should - "I ought to go to the store now."



Pay no mind - To pay no attention - "Pay no mind to him. What does he know?"

Peeled out - Accelerated, drove off at high speed - "He peeled out of the parking lot with his wheels smokin'."

Pert near - Almost - "We pert near got struck by lightnin'."

Pick at - Annoy, pester, aggravate - "All you do is pick at me."

Piddling around - Fooling around, wasting time - "Johnny was piddling around when he should've been studying."

Piddling - doing small chores - "Mamma's piddling in the kitchen."

Play like - To pretend - "Let's play like we won the lottery."

Playing possum - Playing dead - "Don't believe it, he's just playing possum."

Plenty early - Be there ahead of time - "We'll be there plenty early."

Plumb - Completely - "I plumb forgot about it."

Poke - "Hey would y'all help me tote (to carry) in that poke of groceries?" Another fine use: "We is fixin to have a poke salad for supper. A poke is a bag; a poke salad is made from a kind of greens that grows wild along fence rows. I assume they are called poke greens on account of the fact they are gathered up in a poke.

Put him up - Put the dog outside, in another room, etc. - "Put up the dog, will you, he's giving me a headache."

Put out - Said of a plant, ready to make leaves or fruit - "That fig tree is getting ready to put out."



Raise -To rear or bring up - "We didn't raise no fool."

Rather -To prefer - "I would rather pull a tooth than work third shift."

Reckon - Guess - "I reckon I'll go with you."

Relish - To enjoy - "I relish the thought of a day off."

Right - Very - "She's a right pretty girl."

Rightly - Really - "I don't rightly know about that."

Run - take - "Run this over to grannie's house."

Running one's mouth - Talking to much - "He got in trouble for running his mouth."



Sack - A small bag - "Bring me a sack of candy."

Sass - To talk back to - "Don't sass your mama."

Sure don't - According to Fayetteville, Arkansas author Ervin Lewin: "One [Southernism] that I have encountered here and nowhere else is this: When I phone a store, such as a hardware store, asking about some tool or other product, the response is nearly always, if it's not available, an almost invariably cheerful, 'Sure don't.' ."

Shindig - dance or celebration - "They're having a shindig tonight at their house."

Singing - A religious gathering of people for the singing of songs. "Are you going to the singing tonight?"

Smack Dab - Squarely, exactly - "It hit him smack dab in the eye."

Sommers - Somewhere - "She's around here sommers."

Sop - To use bread, usually a biscuit, to get every last drop of gravy or sauce from the plate - "When you're finished, sop your plate."

Sorry - Worthless - "That sorry rope couldn't hold a flea."

Spell - An indetermined length of time - "Let's sit here and rest a spell.

Stay - Reside - "Do you stay with your folks?"

Stob - A stake or a stump - "He tripped over a stob in the dark."

Story - A lie - "I think you're telling me a story."

Study on - To think, ponder, consider - "I'll study on it and let you know tomorrow."

Sure - Often used emphatically instead of "certainly - "I'd sure like to have a new car."

Swimmy-headed - Dizzy - "That medicine made me swimmy-headed."

Switch - Thin branch of a bush or tree used in spanking - "I'm gonna take a switch to that youngun."



Tacky - Once an exclusively Southern expression, used mainly by women, for unfashionable or ugly clothes, tacky has in recent times become poular throughout the country.

Take leave of one's senses - To act crazy; to act without any common sense - "You'd think she'd took leave of her senses."

Taking up for - Defending, sticking up for - "They're always taking up for each other."

Talkingest - The most talkative - "She's the talkingest girl I've ever met."

Thanky - Thank you - "Well, I thanky."

Them there - Those specifically - "I'll have some of them there apples."

These here - These specifically - "Let these here ripen a while longer.

“They give me the heebie jeebies!” - To be afraid of

To git it - Get it - "I'll have him to git it for you."~from Daryl in Alabama

Took down with - Came down with - "He was took down with an awful case of the flu."

Tote - To carry - "I can tote it by myself."

Tuckered out - Tired - "I'm too tuckered out to go with you."

Turn loose - To let go - "Turn loose before it bites you."



Ugly - Disagreeable, mean - "Now, don't act ugly in church."

Used to could - Used to be able to - "He used to could dance up a storm when he was younger."



Wait on - To wait for - "I can't wait on you all day."

Wants up - Wants to get up - "The baby is crying. I reckon she wants up."

Washline - A clothesline - "Nothing like clothes hung on the washline to dry."

Ways - Distance - "It's a long ways from here."

Wear out - To spank a child - "I'm gonna wear out your little hide if you don't behave!"

Wore out - Tired - "These younguns done wore me out!"

Worry-wart - someone who worries excessively - "She can't be happy, she's such a worry-wart."



Y'all - A Southernism that is used when referring to more than one person. Can be used when speaking to one person, but only when the sentence imlpies plurality. No true Southerner ever pronounces y'all as you-all.

Yonder - over there; as far as is within reasonable reach; next to you, in the next room, in the next town, in the next state, but no farther - "Let's go down yonder to Alabama to visit Uncle Bill." - "I put the camera over yonder."

Youngun - A child - "A youngun needs a good home."

"Yer gonna whup him fer talkin' like that, aincha?"  Meaning:  You're going to spank him for talking like that to you, aren't you?

Yourn - Yours - "That cat of yourn dug up my flower bed!

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