Hey Jamaican Patois to English ~ Dictionary

 

A

ah  =  is ahrite =  alright aal, allah =  all
appen =  happen,   happened aringe =  orange arredy = already
Arry = Harry arse = horse, ass ax = ask
amassy = almighty asham = powdered corn &   sugar

B

baan = born bakkayaad =  backyard baddah = bother
bredda, bredrin, brotha, bredder, breder = brother bust up = burst, bust up, split up blabbamout =  very talkative, talks too much
bly = favor, chance bokkle =  bottle booboo = nose nought
bout = about biznis = business bud = bird
bups = financing a ooman bawl = cry like a baby Black billed Parrot
bop = hit, slug, beat, punch brawta = extras Busta = stagga bak
bruk, brukup = break buckup = found, came across

C

caad = cards caan, kaan = can’t Chewsday = Tuesday
chi-chi = bus Chiney = Chinese choopid, chupid = stupid
choopidness, chupidness = stupidness cooyah = look at that crass = crossed, cross
cuddah, kuddah = could cunnu, kunnu = canoe crufty = tricky, no manners, crass
calabash = gourd cool runnings chimmy   = bed pan
calves feet jelly clammy cherry cerassee = bitter melon
Chebby Chase game chimmy = bed pan clappers = thunderbolts
cobweb = spider web cool runnings calaban = bird trap

D

dandymite = dynamite dats = that’s dawg, daag = dog
dawta = daughter ded = dead deh, dehsuh = here, there
degge-degge = skimpy, not enough, only one dem = them deppan, pon = on top of, upon, on
dere = dare deyah, deyasuh = here, there di = the
dideh = is here, is there, over there, over here dis, disyah, disyasuh = this doan =don’t
dread = rasta dreadnut = coconut du  = do
Duchie, dutchy = Dutch pot dukunu =  cassava dessert, coco, sweet potato, cornmeal dumplings dun = done, finished,  stop teasing
dundoos = dunce dung = down duppy = ghost
dutty = dirty dween = doing dweet = do it
dah, dat= that daise = days dash wey = throw away
dey yah = right here, here dese = these diadda = the other
dem deh, dose = those dikans = dickens doan = don’t
diffrant = different disyah = this thing doah = although
docta = docter duck anse = termites dundus = albino person
dun = done did guh = went dray = animal cart
dis ‘n dat = this and that don gorgon = don man dutty whine
deh deh = emphatic ‘there’ dis an’ dat = this and that dray = donkey/mule cart

E

eaz = ears ezeup = relax, take it easy ebry = every
eediat = idiot eena =  in, into, inside eetiota apple = otaheiti apple
eze = easy earso, earsuh = hear say, rumour eze up = give me a break, ease up
een = in etioti = otaheite apple eye wata = tears
escabeche = escovitch

F

faam = form, acting fah = for fak = fact
fambly = family farin = foreign fass, faas = nosey
fava, favah = favor, looks like fi = for fiah, fiyah = fire
figet =  forget fikkle = fickle fimi = my, mine
fit = ripe flik = flick flim = film, movie
fling = throw flit = chemical spray pump (circa 1950s) flowah = flour
flowas = flower foo, foo foo = fool, foolish football = soccer
fram = from fren = friend fresh = out of order, annoying
frak =  woman’s dress fussy = never satisfied, dissatisfied facety, feisty  = cheeky, fresh
fada = father fedda = feather frocks
fi dem = theirs fi har = hers fi im = his
fi mi = for me, mine fi wi = ours figga, figgah = figure
foo foo = foolish, fool, idiot fraidy fraidy = coward flittas = fritters
fus = first feefee = tin whistle feel up feel up
fudgecicle fobs fresh = facety, forward
fatty boom boom = obese person

G

gaan = going, leaving genst = against ganja, weed, mj, isense = marijuana
gih = give gimmi = give me gingy fly = fruit fly
ginnal, jinnal = wiseguy, smart ass gleena = gleaner news paper, tabloid grass quit =  tiny Jamaican bird
gud = good guh  = go, went, is guhdeh = go there, went there
gwaan = go on gweh, guhweh = go away, get out of my face gwine = going to
Gaad = GOD galang = go along with guh = go
giddy house gulge = big marble guzoom = curse, bad omen

H

haad = hard hab = have haffi = have to
hallah =  holler, shout, yell han = and hangah = clothes hanger
hangle = handle hannah = honor hantruk = handtruck, dolly
har = her hexpects = expect higglah = street vendor, higgler
hit = it hoffisah = officer hoi-ti-toti = snob
hul = hold hush = don’t cry hushup = shut up
hut = hurt hevy mannahs = heavy manners How yuh mean?
How yuh mean suh! = Why are you so mean? haad ah hearin = pretending to be
deaf, not understanding/comprehending

I

I an I =  Rasta for me, myself and I im = him iditate = Rasta for meditate
idren = Rasta for bredren ih, eee = is ilaloo = Rasta for callaloo
iman, imon = Rasta for me, I, you iney = Rasta greeting informa = informer, witness
inna, eena = in the iree = Rasta for irie (HAPPY) irie = Everything is Alright, good, positive, nice
is = are isense = Rasta for marijuana isiree = Rasta for desire
it = hit ital = Rasta for vital, pure, no salt ites = Rasta for heights
iwah = Rasta for hour iyah = Rasta for me, I , you Irish Moss = algae  jelly dessert

J

Jamdung, Jamdown = JAMAICA Jah = God, Lord, Jesus janga = crawdad, crayfish
jine = join jonny cake ó=saltfish & skallion fritter juk, jook = poke, pierce
jus, jest = just juz = juice Jamaican yellow BOA snake
jalousie = wooden slats window Jippi Jappa hats Jeyes = germicide
jancro = John Crow, turkey vulture

K

kaan =  can’t kall = call ketch = catch
kibbah yuh mout = shut yuh mout kno = know konducta = conductor
kraven = greedy kuddah = could kum = come
kunnu = canoe kuyah, cuyah, cooyah = expression of surprise, wow kwar = car, vehicle, auto
kwatty, kwattie = penny half penny

L

laag = large laas = last labba-labba =  chatterbox, talkative
labrish = gossip, chit-chat lambsbred = Rasta for high grade marijuana (ganja) lang = long
lawd = Lord lef = left leggo = let go
liad = liar liddle, likkle = little lik = lick
likka = liquor Luncheon Tongue louse
Linseed oil for cricket bats  Lignum vitae = tree of Life

M

Maches = Matthew makka, macca =  prickle, thorn mash, mashup = destroy
Massah, missah = mister mattah = matter mawgah, mawga = real skinny, thin
mek = make membah = remember mi = me, I
missus = Miss, Lady moh = more mon = man
mose = most mout = mouth mout-a-massy = loud mouth,
mudda, mummah = mother mungst = among, amongst muss = must
mussa = must muss muss =  mouse, mice mussi = must be, probably is
made in dah shade messaround money fly = large fly
Moo Kee Lin = Chinese Dragon dance

N

naa = no nanny goat = female goat natty dred = Rasta hairdo
nayga, naygah, negga, neggah =  Negro, black man nebba, nebbah, nevva = never neegle = needle
nex = next nize = noise nosenawt = nose nought
nuff = enough nuh =do not; Du sumting nuh! nuh = depends on the sentence
nutten = nothing; Mi nuh kno nutten, man! nwam, nyam = eat nuhbaddy = nobody
nuh suh = is this not so; Ah nuh suh it guh! naago = not going to

O

Obeah = Voodoo, black magic odda, oddah = other ole = old
ongli, ongle = only owu = who ooman = woman
ova = over ow = how opin = open
Ow yuh mean? Ow yuh mean suh!

P

pakkabeow = Chinese game of chance

pappy show, puppy show, poppy show = showing off

paw paw = papaya

peeney wallie = firefly

picheri, piccheri, petchary, pittire, = one of Jamaican birds

pigin = pigeon

pikaninny, pikney, pickney, chillun = children

poas, pose = post

pon = upon, on

pop = football soccer term for excellent ball control

priors = prayers

pupalik = somersault

paapa = paper

Potted Meat 

Patoo = Owl 

Patwa, Parwah = Patois

pwakka pwakka 

pennyhaepenny = quattie

Q

quashi, quassi = peasant, no class, low class

quattie, quatty = of low value, penny and a half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

radda, rawda, rawdah, raddah = rather raggamuffin = ghetto person rahtid, rhaatid, rhatid = Jamaican slang word for all   superlatives
rawcha = crass, uncouth, no class, low class rispek   = respect roun   =   around
rown di kaanah = around the   corner, nearby rukus = ruckus, noisy Race   Course
rackin mi brain = trying to   recall

S

sa, sah = sir samfi = trickster, conman sey = say
sey wat = what are you saying? shudda = should shuga daddy = sugar daddy, rich male escort
si = see si deh now = so there sidung = sit down
sinail = snail sinake = snake sinapper = snapper fish
sinting, sintingy = something sistren = women friends siyah = see here
skallion, skellion = green onion smady, smaddy =  somebody splif, spliff = smoking, smoke
stoosh =  rich person, extravagance, prim and proper suh = so suk = suck
sumting, summuh = something sweety, sweetie = candy stocious = glamorous
stay suh = you are like this; How kum yuh stay suh, bro? Sandwich Spread sinting = ting = thing
Swallow tail Butterfly speaky spokey stringers = small drop dumplings
Steel pans = steel drums Shame Lady plant Senseh Fowl
single bible = Alo Vera springe = bird trap

T

taak = talk tallawa,tallawah = strong, sturdy tap = stop
tap yuh nonsense = stop fooling around teif, teef = thief tek = take
tekking = taking terrahrist = terrorist tho= though
tikki-tikki  = baby fish ting, tingy = thing tin pan ó tin can
tramcar = rail trolley trang = strong tru = true
trubble = trouble trus, truss = trust truut, troot = truth
tukey = turkey tun = turn, become tuff = tough
teeney weenie = very tiny tomatis = cherry tomatoes

U

unda, undah = under undastan, unnastan, unnahstan = understand unnu, unnuh, unno = you all, all of you
ungry = hungry usban, usband = husband use to = accustomed to
undah hevy mannahs = under heavy manners

V 

vex = mad, angry, upset, furious Vienna Sausage  viragah = vulgar person

W

waak = walk waan = want wan = one, a
weh, wheh = where wha, wa = what whappen = what’s happening
wha appen man = what’s happening man? wi = we, will wit = with
wutliss, wutless = worthless, useless wuz = was Winda = window
wash = lemonade  Wha gwan man! = What’s going on man! Willy penny = large size copper penny

Y

yaad = yard yabba, yabbah = earthenware pot or vase yandah = yonder, far away
yasuh = here yeh, yah = yes yey man = yes man
yeye = eye, eyes yuh = you yute = youth
yah man = yes man

Z 

zinc sheet = corrugated metal roofing material

Miscellaneous speaky-spokey = Jamaican trying to speak like a Brit or American, putting on airs trace = talk angrily or disparagingly or shabily about parents, relatives, siblings wingy = exceedingly small, tiny, shriveled, wrinkly, shriveled wishy-washy = fickle, never serious, aloof, can’t be trusted, can’t make up one’s mind or decide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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