Definition of ned in English:



  • 1A hooligan or petty criminal.

    • ‘‘There were neds bringing stones in and throwing them at us because of the way we dress,’ said one 15-year-old school friend.’
    • ‘Glasgow's neds, it seems, are a scourge of visiting goths - some of whom flock from as far afield as Airdrie, Clydebank and even Stirling to hang about with birds of their leather.’
    • ‘The MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley was heckled by a gang of swearing, shell-suited neds.’
    • ‘We are worried about neds targeting goths at Gig on the Green.’
    • ‘But why, if they can respond so zealously to this kind of pressure, can they not respond to the other kind, which requires them to deal with recidivist hoodlums, neds, antisocial juveniles or whatever the correct term is?’
    • ‘This has upset local residents, who are sick of their environment being vandalised and believe this packaging design glorifies the neds who are causing the trouble.’
    • ‘These include a crackdown on youths found with knives, forcing vandals to clean up the areas they destroy and setting up a hotline for members of the public to report neds.’
    • ‘Throw into the mix a few anti-social neds, winos and prisoners newly released from the three prisons up on Portland, and it's no wonder that the station has a reputation for trouble.’
    • ‘We have turned these low-life neds into personalities who are set to give Glasgow yet another dose of unwanted notoriety.’
    • ‘Nobody came up with anything, except Margaret Curran, who wanted birching brought back for the parents of neds who breached their anti-social behaviour orders.’
    • ‘We'll steer you clear of the neds, and of the people who are likely to cause a fight.’
    • ‘Alongside such worthy metaphysical dilemmas come great scenes, primarily involving terrified neds tied to chairs in basements while the Clint character threatens to cut up their kids.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, neds vandalised Arteta's £85,000 Porsche at a tenpin bowling alley in Glasgow.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there are a growing band of neds around and the reason for the growing ned culture is that it is being passed from one generation to the next.’
    • ‘That fool Peacock's great idea of disguising the real level of attacks on teachers by neds hasn't worked.’
    • ‘The settings are magnificent (a walk through a Victorian park is impressive - not a ned or a piece of litter is permitted to intrude) and the supporting cast delightful.’
    • ‘‘They want two kinds of Scottish programmes and features, Nessie and midges on the one hand, and Glasgow druggies and neds on the other’, the source said.’
    • ‘At least Jack McConnell can claim he decided to get tough on neds some time ago.’
    • ‘To add weight to my whole ‘Games don't make violence’ claim thing, I think it worth pointing out that I was jumped by five neds on the way home from the pub half an hour ago.’
    • ‘Ralph, our gamesmaster - i.e. the master of the universe, as it were - has long been bullied by Lennie, small-time crook and your archetypal ned about town.’
    1. 1.1A stupid or loutish boy or man.
      • ‘It was a festival to commemorate the tenth anniversary of punk and there were several more thousand neds in the audience than it would take to disfigure the National Curriculum for ever.’
      • ‘There's always been a weird duality at the heart of New Order: the fact that three druggy, lairy Mancs and the drummer's girlfriend can craft music of such awesome emotive power as to make grown neds weep.’
      • ‘So, Poor Nina, as a student in the Glasgow Caledonian University, she was required to suffer the neds of the Weedjie race pestering her with puns as witless and unintelligent as themselves.’
      • ‘But we all know that you're unemployable, because which job advertisement starts with ‘Seeking a stupid, inarticulate, aggressive ned.’’
      • ‘Because drinks cost £5 or more and the city centre hasn't been taken over by anti-social neds on the lash from Happy Hour onwards.’
      • ‘My English teacher used to say that our school motto should have been ‘It wisnae me’ (suitably translated into Latin of course), so often was that excuse proffered by young neds.’


Early 19th century: perhaps from Ned (see neddy).