Orkney-English results

wife noun

  1. wife
  2. woman (the plural of wife is weeman; ’woman’ is used only vocatively and familiarly in Ork dial when it is pronounced wumman or umman)   ☞ “Come on umman!” “Come on dear!”
  • owld wife
    1. used of a man who gossips and shows excessive interest in other people’s affairs  ☞ “He’s just a owld wife”
    2. hag or witch;
  • tae free the owld wife expression used at sea when fishing cuithes  ☞ “After three cuithes had been landed the fisherman had freed the owld wife