Definition of neep in English:



Northern English, Scottish
  • A turnip.

    ‘haggis and neeps’
    • ‘‘Mashed neeps and taters’ is English for mashed parsnips and potatoes and, to hear it from them, nothing tastes as sweetly of England as a good parsnip boiled with potato and mashed with butter.’
    • ‘Main courses range from sandwiches and burgers to well-presented comfort food such as haddock and chips and haggis, neeps and tatties.’
    • ‘The unfussy menu provides hikers' staples such as home-made steak pie, melt-in-the-mouth macaroni cheese and haggis neeps and tatties, with a variety of sturdy, wholesome soups and daily specials.’
    • ‘Anyway, a few of us had arranged to gather for the traditional Burns supper: haggis, neeps, and tatties; followed by a bit of traditional Burns entertainment, with recitation and singing of some of his poetry.’
    • ‘Quite whether it was the nutritional qualities of fish suppers or haggis, neeps and tatties which appealed to the fastest swimmer in the world never became clear, although the reasons for his interest in football did.’
    • ‘In Ayr and environs, from whence the Bard hailed, the poor burghers eat nothing but haggis and neeps marinated in whisky for months on end.’
    • ‘It's true a lot of people still think it means haggis, neeps and tatties but we are shifting that perception by emphasising the use of local produce, rather than traditional dishes.’
    • ‘The starters and small bites menu include soup of the day, beef samosas, seared scallops with coriander and garlic, and haggis, neeps and tatties.’
    • ‘Haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce is perhaps a tad dry and extraordinarily hefty, served up in a slab-like nut roast, but decent enough.’
    • ‘Whatever the truth of the matter, the grace is faithfully repeated annually at Burns Suppers across the land before the feast of haggis, neeps and tatties begins.’
    • ‘Things such as haggis, neeps and tatties are interpreted in a modern way.’
    • ‘Alternatively all three - haggis, neeps and tatties - can be served as a side dish to a more standard dish like lamb shank.’
    • ‘But today is Burns Day, when haggis, neeps and tatties are uppermost in our minds.’
    • ‘One well-known dish in which they have a prominent part is the Scottish neep purry or bashed neeps which are traditionally served with haggis.’
    • ‘The traditional dish of haggis, neeps and tatties was also on the menu along with cock-a-leekie soup.’
    • ‘They were followed by Scotch broth, venison casserole, haggis with neeps and tatties, farmhouse cheese and oatcakes, roast lamb, clootie dumplings and baked salmon.’
    • ‘The haggis samosa - to be launched on Friday to coincide with Burns Night - consists of vegetarian haggis, neeps, tatties and spices, and comes complete with tasteful yellow tartan packaging.’
    • ‘The food is resolutely Celtic in design - highlights include sturdy Stornoway black pudding with caramelised apples and a mustard dressing and waistline-stinging Dingwall haggis accompanied by neeps and tatties with a whisky cream.’
    • ‘Granny Lean's Cornish pasties contained layers of carrots, neeps, potatoes and onions.’
    • ‘The other common cliché is the kilted bagpiper who eats haggis, neeps and tatties when he's not munching shortbread, and sips wee drams of whisky.’


Old English nǣp, from Latin napus.