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Title: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:06:11 PM
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Enjoy brothers an sisters

Rasta/Patois Dictionary

A                  :    prep. to as in "go a shop," from Spanish (7)
A GO               :    aux w/v. going to do, as in "Me a go tell him" (7)
A DOOR             :    outdoors. (5)
ACCOMPONG          :    n. name of Maroon warrior, Capt. Accompong, brother of
                       Cudjo; also name of town. From the Twi name for the
                       supreme deity (7)
ACKEE              :    n. African food tree introduced about 1778. From Twi
                       ankye or Kru akee (7)
AGONY              :    the sensations felt during sex (6)
AKS                :    ask (28)
ALIAS              :    adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent (7)
AMSHOUSE           :    poorhouse (29)
AN                 :    than (5)
ARMAGEDDON         :    the biblical final battle between the forces of good
                       and evil (1)
ASHAM              :    n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn. From twi
                       osiam (7)

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:07:38 PM
BABYLON            :    1. the corrupt establishment, the "system,
                       " Church and State 2. the police, a policeman (1)
BAD                :    good, great (2)
BAD BWAI           :    (bad boy) 1. refering to a bold man; a compliment 2.  
                  :    One who has committed a crime.
                  :    (rude bwai, ruddy, baddy) (31)
BADNESS            :    hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake (1)
BAFAN              :    clumsy; awkward (5)
BAFANG             :    a child who did not learn to walk the 1st 2-7 years. (5)
BAG-O-WIRE         :    a betrayer (1)
BAGGY              :    underpants for a woman or child. (5)
BALMYARD           :    n. place where pocpmania rites are held, healing is
                       done, spells cast or lifted (7)
BAKRA              :    white slavemaster, or member of the ruling class in
                       colonial days. Popular etymology:
                       "back raw" (which he bestowed with a whip.) (5)
BALD-HEAD          :    a straight person; one without dreadlocks;
                       one who works for babylon (2)
BAMBA YAY          :    by and by (7)
BAMBU              :    rolling paper (1)
BAMMY              :    a pancake made out of cassava, after it has been grated
                       and squeezed to remove the bitter juice. (5)
BANDULU            :    bandit, criminal, one living by guile (1)
                       a BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle. (5)
BANGARANG          :    hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance. (5)
BANKRA             :    a big basket, including the type which hangs over the
                       sides of a donkey. (5)
BANS               :    from bands; a whole lot, a great deal, nuff,
                       whole heap. (5)
BANTON            :   a storyteller (50)
BASHMENT           :    party, dance, session (3)
BAT                :    butterfly or moth. English bat, the flying rodent,
                       is a rat-bat. (5)
BATTY              :    bottom; backside; anus. (5)
BATTYBWOY          :    a gay person (6)
BEAST              :    a policeman (1)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:08:05 PM
BEENIE             :    little (36)
BEX                :    vex (verb), or vexed (adjective). (5)
BHUTTU (BUHTUH)    :    an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person
                       Use: Wey yu a go inna dem deh cloze? Yu fayva buttu (12)
BIG BOUT YAH       :    Large and in charge.  Superlative indicating status
                       (power, fame, money, talent, etc) within some social
                       group (12)
BISCUIT            :    a particularly attractive woman (46)
BISSY              :    cola nut. (5)
BOOPS/BOOPSIE      :    Boops is a man, often older, who supports a young woman;                        
                                      boopsie refers to a kept woman (46)
BLACK UP           :    To smoke weed. Like somene would ask "You Black up
                  :    today?" Meaning did you smoke today? (14)
BLACKHEART MAN     :    a rascal, a hooligan (38)
BLOUSE AND SKIRT   :    common exclamation of surprise. (29)
BLY                :    chance, "must get a bly", "must get a chance". (4)
BOASIE             :    adj. proud, conceited, ostentatious. Combination of
                       English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious (7)
BOASIN TONE        :    Swollen penis or testicles (13)
BOBO               :    fool. (5)
BOBO DREAD :   a rastafarian sect based on the teachings of Prince Emanuel Edwards
                           distinguished by turbin-like headdresses, flowing white robes and
                                 communal living (50)
BODERATION         :    Boderation comes from the word bother and that's
                       basically what it means.  If something is a boderation
                       then it's a bother. (29)
BONG BELLY PICKNEY :    a greedy child who ate too much. (29)
BOONOONOONOUS      :    Meaning wonderful. (13)
BOX                :    To smack or to hit in the face. (13)
BRAA               :    from BREDDA; brother. (5)
BRAATA             :    a little extra; like the 13th cookie in a baker's dozen;
                       or an extra helping of food. In musical shows it has
                       come to be the encore. (5)
BREDREN            :    one's fellow male Rastas (1)
BRINDLE            :    to be angry (6)
BRINKS             :    title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money
BUBU               :    fool. (5)
BUCKY              :    home-made gun (2) slave (29)
BUCKY MASSA        :    master over the slaves (29)
BUD                :    bird. (14)
BUFU-BUFU          :    fat, swollen, blubbery; too big; clumsy or lumbering.(5)
BUGUYAGA           :    a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp. (5)
BULL BUCKA         :    a bully (1)
BULLA              :    a comon sugar and flour cookie or small round cake,
                       sold everywhere in Jamaica. (5)
(TO GET) BUN       :    to have one's spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on
                       oneself, to be cheated out of something (6)
BLOOD CLOT         :    curse words (1)
BUCK UP            :    meet (28)
BUMBO              :    bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in
                       combination with CLOT (cloth),
                       a reference to the days before toilet paper. (5)
BUN                :    burn (29)
BUNGO              :    n. racially pejorative. Crude, black, ignorant,
                       boorish person. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop (7)
BUNKS              :    to knock or bump against, from "to bounce",
                       BUNKS MI RES, catch my rest, take a nap. (5)
BWOY               :    Boy (13)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:08:57 PM
(THE) CAT          :    a woman's genitals (6)
CALLALOU           :    A spinach stew. (18)
CARD               :    to fool someone (6)
CEASE & SEKKLE!    :    stop everything and relax! (6)
CEPES              :    (n.) - beard (35)
CERACE             :    a ubiquitous vine used for boiling medicinal tea,
                       and for bathing. It is proverbial for its bitterness.(5)
CHA! or CHO!       :    a disdainful expletive (1) pshaw! (2) very common, mild
                       explanation expressing impatience, vexation or
                       disappointment. (5)
CHAKA-CHAKA        :    messy, disorderly, untidy. (5)
CHALICE or CHILLUM :    a pipe for smoking herb, usually made from coconut shell
or CHALEWA         :    and tubing, used ritually by Rastas (1)
CHANT              :    (v.) - to sing, especially cultural or spiritual songs (35)
CHEAP              :    just as cheap, just as well. (5)
CHI CHI MAN          :    a gay man (6)
CHIMMY             :    chamber pot. (5)
CHO                :    very common, mild explanation expressing impatience,
                       vexation or disappointment. (5)
CLAP               :    hit, break, stride (1)
CLOT               :    1. cloth, an essential part of most Jamaican bad words,
                          such as bumbo clot, rass clot, blood clot, etc.
                          The essence of Jamaican cursing seems to be nastiness
                          , rather than the blashemy or sexuality which is
                          characteristic of the metropolitan countries.  
                       2. to hit or strike - from the verb "to clout". (5)
                       3. literally means a used tampon (31)
COCO               :    a potato-like edible root, known elsewhere as the taro
                       or the eddo.  
                       It was brought to Jamaica from the South Pacific.
                       This is completely distinct from cocoa, usually called
                       chocolate. (5)
COIL               :    money (6)
COLD I UP        : humiliate or be-little (29)
COME DUNG          :    come down, get ready (as to prepare to play a tune) (6)
COME EEN LIKE      :    to seem as if; to resemble. (5)
CONTROL            :    to be in charge of, responsible for, to own; to take (1)
COO 'PON           :    v. (origin unclear) Look upon! (7)
COO YAH            :    v. (origin unclear) Look here! (7) pay attention (17)
COOL RUNNINGS      :    usually used at a time of departure on a long journey
                       meaning have a safe trip (31)
COOLIE             :    the traditional Jamaican epithet for East Indians.
                       It is never used It is never used for Chinese Jamaicans.
                       Usually in the form coolie-man or coolie-oman.
                       It is not considered polite today anymore than the term
                       nega, but it is still used widely in rural areas. (5)
COLLIE             :    n. (urban slang) ganja (7)
COME YAH (cumyu)   :    come here. (17)
CORK UP            :    jammed, filled, crowded (2)
CORN               :    1. marijuana 2. money 3. a bullet (1)
COTCH              :    verb (cotch up), to support something else, as with a
                       forked stick; to balance something or place it
                       temporarily; to beg someone a cotch, can be a place on
                       a crowded bus seat or bench; or it may mean to cotch a
                       while, to stay somewhere temporarily. (5)
COTTA              :    a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
                       to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
CRAB               :    aside from it's usual meaning, it is a verb meaning to
                       scratch or claw. (5)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:09:31 PM
CRAVEN             :    greedy (5)
CRAVEN CHOKE PUPPY :    someone who wants everything but when
                    they get it , they can't manage it.

CREATION STEPPER   :    means you step it in and throughout Babylon without
                       fear - cuttin' edge, livin' on the edge, fear no foe.  
                       Lookin justice in the eye and saying, What are you doin ?"!! (29)
CRIS               :    crisp; popularly used for anything brand-new,
                       slick-looking. (5)
CRISSARS           :    crisp, brand-new (2)
CROMANTY           :    adj. from Corromantee, Blacks from the Gold Coast
                       believed to be rebellious (7)
CROCUS BAG         :    a very large sack made of coarse cloth, like burlap (10)
CROSSES            :    problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes. (5)
CRUCIAL            :    serious, great, "hard,", "dread" (1)
CU                 :    verb, look! (5)
CU DEH!            :    look there! (5)
CU PAN             :    look at. (5)
CU YA!             :    look here! (5)
CU YU              :    To say "Look at you." To the person you are refering to. (14)
CUBBITCH           :    covetous. (5)
CUDJO              :    n. name of famous Maroon warrior; mn born on Monday,
                       from Fante, Twi kudwo (7)
CULTURE            :    reflecting or pertaining to the roots values and
                       traditions highly respected by the Rastas (1)
CUSS-CUSS          :    a quarrel or fracas, with lots of cursing. (5)
CUT YAI            :    to cut your eye at somebody is a very common means of
                       expressing scorn or contempt, for example; one catches
                       the other person's eye, then deliberatly turns one's
                       own eyes as an insult. (5)
                       You can also cut your eye at somebody in a friendly way. (29)
CUTCHIE            :    pipe for communal smoking. (5)
CYA                :    1. to care; "donkya", don't care, careless; "no kya"
                          means no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun",
                          no matter where he turns.
                       2. to carry. (5)
CYAAN              :    can't. (5)
CYAI               :    to carry. (5)
CYAN               :    can. (5)

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:10:00 PM
D.J.               :    a person who sings or scats along with dub music,
                       sometimes called "toasting" (2)
DAAL               :    split peas, usually a thick soup, from Indian cuisine,
                       from Hindi. (5)
DADA               :    father (6)
DALLY              :    executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2) or on foot (6)
                       to ride a bicycle or motorbike with a weaving motion,
                       as when ones weaves around potholes. (5)
DAN DADA           :    the highest of DON'S (6)
DAN                :    than (5)
DARKERS            :    sunglasses (6)
DASHEEN            :    a big soft yam-like root, often slightly greyish when
                       cooked. It is related to the coco, but one eats the
                       "head" instead of the tubers. (5)
DAWTA              :    a girl, woman, "sister," girlfriend (1)
DEAD HOOD          :    (the H is silent) = A man that can't perform sexually. Impotent.
DEADERS            :    meat, meat by-products (1)
DEESTANT           :    decent. (5)
DEGE or DEGE-DEGE  :    adjective, little, skimpy, measly, only, as in a two
                       dege-dege banana. (5)
DEH                :    there (place) (6)
DEY                :    v. to be, exist, as in "No yam no dey". From Ewe de or
                       Twi  de - to be (7)
DEY 'PON           :    (aux. v.) - to be engaged in action or continuing
                       activity (35) literally "there upon"  As in "it dey pon de table". (29)
DI                 :    the (6)
DILDO MACCA        :    dangerous macca or thorn that will bore you up (29)
DINKI              :    a kind of traditional dance at funerals or "nine nights"
                       ("set-ups"); now popular among school children. (5)
DIS or DIS YA      :    this (6)
DJEW               :    as a verb, rain a djew; as a noun, djew rain.
                       It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)
DOGHEART           :    a person who is especially cold and cruel (6)
DOLLY              :    executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2)
DON                :    one who is respected, master of a situation (6)
DONKYA             :    from "don't care"; careless, sloppy, lacking ambition,
                       etc. (5)
DOONDOOS           :    an albino. (5)
DOWNPRESSOR        :    preferred term for oppressor (1)
DOTI               :    "Dutty" means dirty, dirt or earth (19)(29)
(TO) DRAW CARD     :    the act of fooling someone (6)
DREAD              :    1. a person with dreadlocks
                       2. a serious idea or thing
                       3. a dangerous situation or person
                       4. the "dreadful power of the holy"
                       5. experientially, "awesome, fearful confrontation of
                          a people with a primordial but historically denied
                          racial selfhood" (1)
DREADLOCKS         :    1. hair that is neither combed nor cut 2. a person with
                          dreadlocks (1)
DREADY             :    a friendly term for a fellow dread (1)
DUB                :    a roots electronic music, created by skillful,
                       artistic re-engineering of recorded tracks (2)
DUB PLATE          :    A pre-release copy of a record, often produced
                       exclusively for a specific sound system (see "sound system"). (46)
DUCK-ANTS          :    white ants, or termites. (5)
DUKUNU             :    sweet corn-meal dumplings boiled in wrapped leaves. (5)
DUNDUS             :    an albino. (5)
DUNGLE             :    n. legendary West Kingston slum surrounding a garbage
                       dump, now cleared.  (7)
                       : From English dunghill
DUNS,DUNSA         :    money (1)
DUPPY              :    a ghost (1)
DUTCHY             :    dutch cooking pot, low round-bottomed heavy pot. (5)

DUTTY              :    dirty (17)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:10:28 PM
EASE-UP            :    to forgive, to lighten up (6)
       & CURRY    :    all is well, all is taken care of (6)

FALLA FASHIN       :    Copycat (13)
FAS'               :    to be fast with, meaning to be rude, impertinent,
                       to meddle with sombody's business, to be forward, etc.
FASSY              :    eczema-like scratchy sores on the skin;
                       also a verb meaning to cause oneself to be covered with
                       fassy by scratching. (5)
FAASTI (FIESTY)    :    impertinent, rude, impudent (35)
FAYVA              :    to favour, resemble, or look like; "fayva like"
                       also means "it seems as if". (5)
FE (FI)            :    the infinitive "to" as in "Have fe go" (7)
                  :    "a fe" Have to (28) "fe dem" their (28)
FEEL NO WAY        :    don't take offense, don't be sorry, don't worry (1)
FENKY-FENKY        :    (from finicky) choosy, proud, stuck-up. (5)

FENNEH             :    v. to feel physical distress, pain. From Twi
                       fene-to vomit; Fante fena-to be troubled; Lumba
                       feno-to faint (7)
FI (FE)            :    possessive. "fi me"-"mine" (7) Can also mean
                  :    "for" or "to", as in "I ha' fi", I have to.
                  :    Yu num fi du dat = You are not to do that. (12)
                       Fe is Fi  as in fi ar means hers
                       fi im - his
                       fi dem - theirs
                       fi you - yours
                       fi me - mine (29)
FIESTY (FAASTI)    :    impudent, rude, out of order, cheeky. (5)
FIRST LIGHT        :    tomorrow (1)
(HIM A) FISH       :    a gay person (6)
FIT                :    when used of fruits and vegetables,
                       it means ready to pick, full grown,
                       though not necessarily fully ripe. (5)
                       also means in good shape.  ("You haffe fit!") (31)
FORWARD            :    1. to go, move on, set out 2. in the future (1)
FRONTA             :    tobacco leaf used to roll herb (1)
FUCKERY            :    wrong, unfair (6)
 TO THE FULLNESS  :    completely, absolutely, totally (1)
FUNDS              :    Money (6)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:10:59 PM
GAAN A BED         :    an adverbial phrase; following a verb of liking or
                       loving, it has a superlative meaning;
                       Can be used in any context,
                       such as "I love hafu yam gaan to bed!". (5)
                       means very much as in liking very much (29)
GALANG             :    go along. (23)
GANJA              :    herb, marijuana (1)
GANSEY             :    t-shirt, any knit shirt (2)
(TO) GET SALT      :    to be thwarted, to encounter misfortune (6)
GATES              :    home, yard (1)
GENERAL            :    cool operator (1)
GI                 :    give (28)
GIG                :    spinning top. (5)
GILL               :    unit of measure like pint. (42)
GINNAL             :    n. trickster, con-man, an Amnancy figure as in "Sunday
                       Ginnal"-a preacher or clergyman (7)
GLAMITY            :    a woman's genitals (6)
GORGON             :    outstanding dreadlocks (1) a dragon (29)
(DON) GORGON       :    outstanding dreadlocks, a person who is respected (2,6)
GRAVALICIOUS       :    greedy, avaricious. (5)
GRINDSMAN          :    one who displays great prowess in bed(6)
GROUNATION         :    large, island-wide meeting and celebration of Rastas (1)
GROUND             :    home, yard (4)

HACKLE             :    to hassle, bother, worry, trouble. As a noun, hackling.
HAFFI              :    to have to... (6)
HAIL               :    a greeting (1)
HARBOUR SHARK      :    "Mr. Want-All"  glutton, greedy, someone who wants it all. (29)
HARD               :    excellent, proficient, skillful, uncompromising (1) tough (29)
HARD EARS          :    stubborn, doesn't listen (37)
HEETCH             :    itch. Many such words could be listed under H,
                       as initial H is added to scores of words at will. (5)
HEAD MAN JANCRO    :    n. albino buzzard (7)
HERB               :    marijuana (1)
HIEZ-HAAD          :    ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or unable
                        to hear. (5)
HIEZ               :    ears. (5)
HIGGLERS           :    higglers, who are primarly woman who buy and sell goods
                       that they have imported into the country. Some higglers,
                       however, do not make trips out of the country to buy
                       goods, but sell the goods that others import.  The
                       connection between higglers and dancehall culture is
                       crucial as they form one of the strongest international
                       links between JA, North America, and the Caribbean. (16)
HITEY-TITEY        :    upper class, high tone, "stoosh". (5) someone who pretends to be better
                       than they are (29)
HOMELY             :    to be relaxed, comfortable, enjoying your home surrounding. (14)
HOOD               :    penis. (5)
HORTICAL (DON)     :    respected, acclaimed (6)
HOT-STEPPER        :    fugitive from jail or gun court (1)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:11:33 PM
I-DREN             :    (n.)- male Rastafarian (35)
I-MAN              :    I, me, mine (1)
I-NEY              :    a greeting (2)
I-REY              :    1. a greeting 2. excellent, cool, highest (1)
I-SHENCE           :    herb (1)
I-TAL              :    vital, organic, natural, wholesome; refers to way of
                       cooking and way of life (1)
                       in colors, red, green and gold (2)
I                  :    replaces "me", "you", "my"; replaces the first syllable
                       of seleted words (1) I and I, I&I: I, me, you and me,
                       we (1)
                       Rastafari speech eliminates you, me we, they, etc.,
                       as divisive and replaces same with communal I and I.
                       I and I embraces the congregation in unity with the
                       Most I (high) in an endless circle of inity (unity). (3)
IEZ-HAAD           :    ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or
                       unable to hear. (5)
IEZ                :    ears. (5)
ILIE               :    adj. literally, "highly", valuable, exalted, even
                       sacred (7)
IGNORANT           :    short-tempered, easy to vex, irate. (5)
INNA DI MORROWS    :    tomorrow (6)
INNA               :    In the (4)
IRIE               :    A Greeting. excellent, cool, highest (1)
                  :    adj. powerful and pleasing (7)
ISES/IZES/ISIS     :    praises (11) Praises to the almighty given by Rasta
                  :    when calling on the name of Jah for strength and
                  :    assistance for achieving progress in life. (30)

ISMS and SKISMS    :    negative term denoting Babylon's classificatory systems
ITES               :    1. the heights
                       2. a greeting
                       3. the color red (1) great (2)
                       4. another word for irie.  Or you use it to mean "OK"
                          as in when someone asks you to do something
                          for you, you would reply, "Ites." (29)
IWA                :    certain time or hour (43)
JA, JAM-DOWN       :    Jamaica (1)
JACKASS ROPE       :    homegrown tobacco, twisted into a rope. (5)
JAH KNOW           :    Lord knows (1)
JAH                :    God; possibly derived as a shortened form of Jahweh or
                       Jehovah (1)
                       Jah Ras Tafari, Haille Selassie, King of Kings, Lord of
                       Lords, conquering Lion of Judah; rastas revere Haile
                       Selassie as the personification of the Almighty (2)

JAMDUNG            :    Jamaica, "Jam" to press down "dung" down. Ironic
                       reference to social and economic conditions of the
                       masses (7)
JAMMIN             :    to be having a good time, to be dancing calypso/soca (6)
JANCRO             :    n. literally John Crow, buzzard (7)
JANGA              :    shrimp, crayfish. (5)
JELLY              :    a young coconut, full of jelly. (5)
JON CONNU          :    n. (John Canoe). Bands of elaborately masked dancers
                       appearing around Christmas. They ressemble the
                       ancestral dancers of West Africa, but the ety. of the
                       word is unclear. (7)
JOOK               :    to pierce or stick, as with a thorn or a long pointed
                       stick. (5) also used in a sexual context (29)
JOOKS              :    hangout, relax (29)
JUDGIN'            :    adjective, everyday or ordinary clothes or shoes worn
                       in the yard or in the bush, as in "judgin' boot".
                       Also as a verb, to judge, with a similar meaning. (5)
JUU                :    as a verb, rain a juu; as a noun, juu rain.
                       It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:12:09 PM
KALI; COOLY        :    marijuana (1)
KALLALOO           :    a dark, green leafy vegetable, very nutritious and
                       cheap. (5)
KASS KASS          :    n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English
                       curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally (7)
KATA               :    a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
                       to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
KAYA               :    see ganja (4)
KETCH UP           :    grapple (28) get in a fight (29)
KETCHY-CHUBY       :    It can be a sexual term meaning the man throw
                       it and the woman catch it!  It can also mean a game
                       - life's game, how to see through today to meet tomorrow
                       and all the games of life as in "life is just a ketchy-chuby game." (29)
KEMPS              :    a little bit, a tiny piece, from skimps. (5)
KIN TEET           :    "skin teeth"  to laugh at someone or give them a
                       plastic smile, sometimes used derogatorily as in
                       "A little kin-teet bwoy." (29)
KISS ME NECK!      :    common exclamation of surprise. (5)
KISS TEET          :    to kiss one's teeth or to suck one's teeth is to make
                       the very common hissing noise of disappoval, dislike,
                       vexation or disappointment. (5)
KOUCHIE            :    bowl of a chalice or chillum pipe (1)
KRENG-KRENG        :    an old-fashioned meat rack, hung up high over the fire
                       to catch the smoke. (5)
KUMINA             :    n. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with
                       ancestors. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an
                       ancestor (7)

LABA-LABA          :    to chat, gab; gossip. (5)
LABRISH            :    gossip, chit-chat. (5)
LAGGA HEAD         :    Dumb acts as if you have no common sense. Stupid.
                  :    "yu dam Lagga head bud" (14)
LAMBSBREAD         :    a form of high-quality marijuana (1)
LARGE              :    respected (6)
LET OFF            :    pay out (28)
LEGGO BEAS'        :    wild, disorderly, like a let-go beast. (5)
LICK               :    To hit (13)
LICKY-LICKY        :    fawning, flattering, obsequious. (5)
LIKKLE             :    little (29)
LILLY BIT          :    little bit, tiny. (5)
LION               :    a righteous Dread (1) a great soul (2)
LIKKLE MORE        :    see you later (2)
(TOO) LIKKY-LIKKY  :    title given to those who like to eat any food they
                       encounter , without discretion (6)

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:12:44 PM
MAAMA MAN          :    a gay person, an effeminate man, a weakling (6)
MAAS               :    n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class
                       origin; a respectful form of address to an older man.
                       chill out, be by ones self for a while (24)
MACCA              :    thorn, prickle. dangerous. (29)
MACCA BACK         :    boney fish used to make fish soup (29)
MADDA              :    mother (6)
MAFIA              :    big-time criminals (1)
MAGA DOG           :    mongrel (4)
MAGA               :    thin (2) (from meagre) (5)
MAMPI              :    Fat or overweight (13)
MANACLES           :    chains (11)
MANNERS            :    under heavy discipline or punishment. for example
                       when Kingston is under "heavy manners", they have a
                       curfew or call out the army. (10)
MARINA             :    a man's undershirt, guernsey; a tank-top style. (5)
MAROON             :    n. free black warrior-communities which successfully
                       resisted British hegemony during eighteenth century
                       and early nineteenth century. From Spanish cimmaron-
                       untamed, wild (7)
MASCOT             :    denoting inferior status (2)
MASH IT UP         :    a huge success (1)
MASH UP, MASH DOWN :    destroy (1)
MASSIVE            :    respected (6), used with LARGE to add emphasis
MATEY              :    mistress (12)
MEK WE             :    Let Us. (4)
MENELIK, RAS       :    n. Ethiopian nobleman who rallied his troops to resist
                       Italian aggression. Defeated Italians at Adowa 1896 (7)
MONKS              :    amongst. (5)
MORE TIME          :    see you later (1)
MR. MENTION        :    Talk of the town, originally talk of the females
                       signifying someone with many female conquests
MR. T              :    the boss (2)
MUS MUS            :    a rat (4)
      /FATHER     :    the mother/father of my child (1,6)
MYAL               :    n. a form of benign magic oposed to Obeah, hence
                       myalman. From Hursa maye-wizard, person of mystic
                       power. (7)

NAGAH              :    n. pejorative for a black person (7)
NAGO               :    n. Yoruba person, practice or language. From Ewe
                       anago-Yoruba person (7)
NAH                :    adv. will not. Emphatic as in "Me nah do that" (7)
NANA               :    midwife; nanny or nurse. (5)
NANNY GOAT         :    "What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly" is a
                       cautionary Jamaican proverb which translated means:
                       What tastes good to a goat will ruin his belly.  In
                       other words - the things that seem good to you now,
                       can hurt you later... (10)
NASH               :    female genatalia (6)
NATTY CONGO        :    1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks (1)
NAZARITE           :    Ancient Hebrew meaning to "separate", consecrated,
                       set apart by choice and devotion (1)
NICE UP:  to promote and foster a positive feeling. to "nice up the dance"
                                             means to get the party going (50)
NIYABINGHI         :    1. "death to all black and white oppressors"
                       2. East African warriors who resisted colonial
                       3. large Rastafarian meeting and spiritual gathering
                       4. referring to orthodox, traditional Rastas
                       5. a variety of drumming (1)
NIYAMEN            :    name for Rastas referring to Niyabinghi warriors of
                       East Africa (1)
NO CYA             :    no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where
                       he turns. (5)
NOTCH              :    Don or top ranking badman (33)
NUH                :    interrogative at end of sentence; literally, "Is it
                       not so?" (7)
NUH NUTTIN         :    not a big deal (17)
NUH TRUE?          :    isn't it so? (1)
NYAM               :    to eat. (5)
(TOO) NYAMI-NYAMI  :    title given to those who like to eat any food
                       they encounter, without discretion (6)
NYING'I-NYING'I    :    nagging, whining. (5)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:13:56 PM
O-DOKONO           :    boiled maize bread. (5)
OBEAH              :    traditional African "science", relating to matters of
                       the spirit and spirits, spells, divinations, omens,
                       extra-sensory knowledge, etc. (5)
OHT FI             :    about to, on the vergeof, as in "it hoht fi rain",
                       it is about to rain, it looks like rain. (5)
ONE DROP           :    A popular type of rhythm pattern used on countless reggae records (46)
ONE LOVE           :    a parting phrase, expression of unity (1)
ONE-ONE            :    adjective, one by one, thus any small amount. (5)
ONGLE              :    only. (5)

PAKI               :    calabash, gourd. (5)
PAPAA              :    pawpaw, or papaya melon. (5)
PATTAN             :    pattern, style and fashion (39)
PATU               :    owl. (5)
PAYAKA             :    heathen (11) craven, want it all (29)
PYAKA              :    tricky or dishonest. (10)
PEEL-HEAD          :    bald-headed, usually certain chickens or vultures. (5)
PEENYWALLY         :    a kind of large fire fly, actually a type of flying
                       beetle. (5)
PEER               :    avocado pear. (5)
PHENSIC            :    JA equivalent to Tylenol, Excedrin, etc. (26)
PICKY, PICKY HEAD  :    brush haircut (3)
PICKY-PICKY        :    1. finicky or choosy
                       2. Used of uncombed hair just starting to turn into
                          dreadlocks. (5)
PIKNY              :    pickaninny, child. (5)
PINDA              :    peanut. (5)
PIRA               :    a low wooden stool. (5)
PITY-ME-LIKL       :    a type of very tiny red ant whose bite is so hot and
                       long-lasting it resembles a sting. (5)
POCOMANIA, POCO    :    christian revival, distinct drum rhythm (2)
POLYTRICKS         :    politics (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POLYTRICKSTERS     :    politicians (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POPPY-SHOW         :    from puppet show, it is used in the idiom,
                       tek smadi mek poppy-show, which means to make fun of
                       someone or shame them, making them look ridiculous. (5)
PUM-PUM            :    a woman's genitals (6)
PUNAANI or PUNNI   :    a woman's genitals (6)
PUPPALICK          :    somersalt. (5)
PUSSY CLOT         :    A curse word ref. to a woman's sanitary napkin. (14)
PUTTIN' AWAY       :    a preposition, meaning "except for", or "except". (5)
PYAA-PYAA          :    sickly, weak; feeble, of no account. (5)
PYU                :    from spew; verb used of running sores or anything
                       similarly dripping or oozing. (5)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:14:27 PM
QUASHIE            :    n. peasant, country bumpkin, coarse and stupid person;
                       racial pejorative generic term for blacks; originally
                       Twi name of a boy born on a Sunday (7)
QUIPS              :    1. nouns (from squips) a tiny piece or amount.
                       2. verb, the Jamaican art of washing clothes making a
                          "squips-squips" sound. (5)

RAATID!            :    a common mild expletive of surprise or vexation, as in
                       "to raatid!".  It is likely a polite permutation of
                       "ras", a la "gosh" or "heck". (5)
RAGGA              :    A style of reggae that uses digital rhythms exclusively.
                       A term sometimes used interchangably with dancehall,
                       since the latter music has become heavily digitized as well. (46)
RAGGAMUFFIN        :    jamaican ghetto dweller (46)
RAM                :    full up (28)
RAM GOAT           :    slang for someone who deals with nuff ladies (17)
RANKING            :    highly respected (1)
RAS or RASS        :    backside, rump; a common curse is to rass! or rass clot!
                       a title used by Rastafarians meaning "lord" or "head" .
(TO) RAAS          :    "really?", "damn!"(6)
RASTA, RASTAFARIAN :    a follower of Marcus Garvey who worships the Almighty
                       in the person of haile Selassie
RAT-BAT            :    bat, the night-flying rodent. (5)
RATCHET            :    a switchblade knife popular in Jamaica (1)
RED                :    1. very high on herb 2. mulatto color (1)
RED EYE            :    to want another persons belonging, envious. "You too red eye",
                  :    meaning, you're too envious. (14)
RAHTID             :    expression of surprise, or to be enraged. From
                       biblical"wrothed" (7)
RENK               :    1. foul-smelling, raw-smelling.
                       2. out of order, impudent, as in a rank-imposter.
                          "Yu too renk!". (5)
                       fiesty (29)
RHAATID            :    a curse-exclamation, similar to "what the hell" (6)
                  :    To rahtid ---> Exclamination!!, i.e Wow! a milder form
                  :    to Rass...excitement!! (40)
RHYGIN             :    adj. spirited, vigorous, lively, passionate with great
                       vitality and force; also sexually provocative and
                       aggressive. Probably a form of English raging. (7)
RIZZLA             :    brand of rolling paper. (3)
ROCKERS            :    reggae music (1) reggae music as it is played today,
                       the latest sound (2)
ROOTS              :    1. derived from the experience of the common people,
                          natural indigenous
                       2. a greeting
                       3. name for a fellow Rasta (1)
ROTI               :    flat Indian pan breads. (5)
ROYAL, (RIAL)      :    n. offspring of some other race and black, ass in
                       "Chiney-Rial," "coolie-rial"; humorous as in
                       "monkey-rial" (7)
RUDE BOY           :    a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy (6)
RUN-DUNG           :    food cooked in coconut juice, obtained after grating
                       the dry coconut meat and squeezing it in water,
                       thus extracting the coconut cream. (5)
RUNNING BELLY      :    diarrhea (12)
RYAL               :    royal. (5)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:15:02 PM
SAL'TING           :    1. dishes cooked with saltfish or meat.
                       2. that part of the meal which is served with the "food"
                          (starchy food, ground food).
                       3. by some strange extension, the female organ, often
                          simply called "sal". (5)
                       the food that goes with the rice, potatoes or starchy food; like calalloo,
                       fish and sauce, sauces or gravy (29)
SALT               :    adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food,
                       as in "tings salt" or "i' salt". (5)
SAMBO              :    the colour between brown and black; someone who is a
                       cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black. (5)
SAMFAI MAN         :    trickster, conman. (5)
SHAMPATA           :    n. sandal of wood or tire rubber. Span. zapato (7)
SANFI              :    A manipulator - dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you
                  :    out of love and money. "Dam Sanfi Bitch". (14)
SANKEY             :    n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone,
                       sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David
                       Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist (7)
SATA               :    to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise. (5)
SATTA              :    sit, rest, meditate (1) relax (6)
(GO) SATTA         :    claim how spiritual you are (11)
SCIENCE            :    obeah, witchcraft (1)
SCIENTIST          :    occult practitioner (2)
SCOUT              :    denoting inferior status (6)
SCREECHIE          :    to sneak by (6)
SCREW              :    to scowl, to be angry (1)
SEEN               :    I understand, I agree (1)
SEEN?              :    Do you understand? (6)
SHAG               :    home-cured tobacco, straight from the field. (5)
SHAKE OUT          :    leave without haste, casually (2)
SHEG (UP)          :    verb, to bother, as in "all sheg up",
                       all hot and bothered, or or spoiled up (as of work). (5)
SHEG-UP            :    to be messed up, ruined (6)
SHEPHERD           :    n. leader of revivalist cult; also proprietor of
                       balmyard, healer and prophet (7)
SHOOB              :    to shove. (5)
SIDUNG             :    sit down (6)
SIGHT?             :    do you understand? (1)
SINKL-BIBLE        :    the aloevera plant. (5)
SINSEMILLA, SENSIE :    popular, potent, seedless, unpollinated female strain
                       of marijuana (1)
SINTING            :    something. (5)
SIPPLE             :    slippery; slimy. (5)
SISTER, SISTREN    :    a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians (1)
SITTIN'            :    something. (5)
SKANK              :    to dance to reggae music (1) to move with cunning,
                       ulterior motives (2)
SKIL               :    kiln, as in "limeskil". (5)              
SKIN               :    rolling paper (1)
SKIN YOUR TEETH    :    smile (1) plastic smile (29)
SLABBA-SLABBA      :    big and fat, slobby, droopy. (5)
SLACKNESS          :    lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing (4)
SLACKY TIDY        :    unkept or messy (29)
SMADI              :    somebody. (5)
SO-SO              :    only, solely, unaccompanied. (5) weak, pallid (6)
SOFT               :    not well done, amateurish; unable to cope (1)
                       broke, no money (2)
SOUNDBWOY          :    usually a derogatory way to refer to the selecter or
                  :    other personality in another sound system. This term is
                  :    most often employed in clashes, on dub plates built for
                  :    clashes, and so on. Sometimes it is not used in such a
                  :    negative manner, but most of the time one refers to the
                  :    someone in the crew as a soundman, not a boy. (17)
SOUND SYSTEM       :    Huge mobile stereo setups manned by DJs, who became
                       celebrities as they traveled Jamaica to host open-air dances (46)
SPLIFF             :    large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette (1)
SPRING             :    to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible.
STAR               :    common term of affection, camaraderie (1)
STEP               :    to leave, to depart (1) briskly, quickly (2)
STOOSH/STOSHUS     :    upper class, high tone, "hitey-titey". (5)
STRING UP          :    a muscial rehearsal (2)
STRUCTURE          :    body, health (1)
SU-SU              :    gossip, the sound of wispering. (5)
SUFFERER           :    a poor person stuggling to survive (2)
SUPM, SINTING      :    something (6)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:15:56 PM
TACK               :    bullet (2)
TACUMAH            :    n. character in Anancy tales. Said to be the son of
                       Anancy. Twin'ticuma (7)
TAKARI/TANKARI     :    stewed spicy pumpkin. (5)
TALL               :    long (1)
TALLOWAH           :    adj. sturdy, strong, fearless, physically capable.
                       From Ewe talala (7)
TAM                :    deep woolen hat, used by Dreads to cover their locks
TAMBRAN SWITCH     :    n. a flail made from the wiry branches of the Tamarind
                       tree, braided and oiled. Effective and much feared in
                       the hands of Babylon. (7)
TAN'               :    to stand; usually used in the sense of "to be".
                       "A so im tan", "that is what he is like";
                       "tan deh!" or "yu tan deh!" means "just you wait!".  
                       "Tan tedy", stand steady, means "hold still". (5)
TARRA-WARRA        :    a polite way of expressing omitted bad words, a verbal
                       asterisk. (5)
TATA               :    n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an old
                       man. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N'gombe (7)
TATU               :    a little thatched hut, often made of bamboo. (5)
TEETH              :    bullets (2)
TEIF               :    a theif, to steal (6)
THE I              :    (pron.) -you, yourself, yours (35)
THRU'              :    because (28)
TOAST              :    (v.) - to rap or sing spontaneously over a dub track (35)
TOTO               :    coconut cake. (5)
TOPANORIS          :    uptown snobby person. (10) wealthy but mean behind it (29)
TRACE              :    to curse or speak abusively to someone. (5)
TRANSPORT          :    vehicle (1)
TUMPA              :    from stump, as in "tumpa-foot man", a one-foot man. (5)
TUNTI              :    female organ. (5)

UNO/UNU            :    you-all. (5) pron. you, plural. In usage close to
                       Afro-American y'awl. From Ibo unu, same meaning (7)
UPFUL              :    postitive, encouraging (2)
UPHILL             :    positive, righteous (1)
UPTOWN             :    the upper classes (1)

VANK               :    (v.) - to vanquish, conquer (35)
VEX                :    to get angry (1)

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ras on May 01, 2004, 03:16:43 PM
WA DAY             :    adverbial phrase, the other day. (5)
WA MEK?            :    why?
WHAFEDOO           :    we'll have to (make) do or we'll have to deal with it (37)
WAKL               :    wattle, a kind of woven bamboo work used to make house
                       walls. (5)
WANGA-GUT          :    hungry-belly. (5)
WARRA-WARRA        :    politely omitted bad words, same as "tarra-warra". (5)
WENCHMAN           :    a kind of fish, "hail brother john, have you any
                  :    wenchman?" (from "Row Fisherman Row"). (10)
WH'APPEN?          :    what's happening? (4)
WHATLEF            :    What's left over (7)
WHEELS             :    vehicle (6)
WHOLE HEAP         :    a lot (1)
WINE               :    "wine" appears in every West Indian dialect, and is
                       literally a corruption of "wind." It means to dance,
                       sometimes seductively. (17)
WINJY              :    thin and sickly looking. (5)
WIS                :    vine, liana, from withe. (5)
WOLF               :    a non-rasta deadlocks (2)
WOOD               :    penis. (5)

YA NUH SEE?        :    you know? (1)
YA                 :    hear, or here. (5)
YABBA              :    a big clay pot. (5)
YAGA YAGA          :    Dancehall slang. a way to big up a brethren; to express
                       a greeting or attract attention, i.e. yo! or yush!
                       true friend; bonafide; brethren. (9)
YAHSO              :    here (place) (6)
YAI                :    eye. (5)
YARD               :    home, one's gates (1) tenement (2)
YOUTH              :    a child, a young man, an immature man (1)
YUSH               :    Yush talk is bad boy talk. Or it can be a way of saying
                  :    "YO". In other words it is a way for rude boys to hail
                  :    each other up. (27)

ZION               :    Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land (1)
ZUNGU PAN          :    zinc pan. (5)

one love
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Zi0n on May 01, 2004, 03:49:30 PM
i dont hav much to add :) thanks Ras ;)

Jah Bless
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: robmarley22 on May 04, 2004, 06:53:39 AM
Cool dictionary! What is a back slidder, or back sidder though?
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Major Scorpion on November 17, 2004, 11:59:27 AM
To know why they speak Patois in JA, Idrens must know that this is the language that the slaves spoke if the boss didn't may hear it.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: GanjaBreedGyul on November 17, 2004, 12:29:05 PM
Umm Major Scorpian , I am from Trinidad & Tobago , the first lanuguage that I ever spoke was Patois . Patois is Broken french . I doubt it highly this is why people spoke patois , because if I speak in broken English , obviously someone that speaks proper english will know what I am speaking about . It won't be that hard to understand . Seen . I have a book here on Patois ...the roots of it ...and a couple phrases , slangs , words and their meanings ...when I get some time , I shall post it for you all .

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Major Scorpion on November 17, 2004, 12:37:17 PM
I learned it the way I said, but if the I says it is that way then I take that as truth because the I says that the I has the information out of a book. Could the I explain how the Patois came in JA?

each one, teach one...
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: GanjaBreedGyul on November 17, 2004, 08:29:44 PM
I can't say how Patois reached Jamaica . I can only speak about Trinidad & Tobago . I will show you some of the things I have here , later on this evening .
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Amish2 on November 17, 2004, 09:18:23 PM
Cool dictionary. I need to read up on sum o that.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Major Scorpion on November 18, 2004, 05:28:18 PM
alright sister Jasmine,

I shall wait for I teachings.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: GanjaBreedGyul on November 20, 2004, 01:47:00 AM
Major Scorpian ,
I am so sorry that I took so very long to post this for you . Well atleast I am doing it now right ! LOL

In the summer of 1498, when the Garini citizens of Cheleide & Aloubaera (Trinidad & Tobago) went down to the seashore of Moruga to lime and boucaner wild meat, they discovered Christopher Columbus , the first European tourist on their beach . Since then , de natives have been res'less , busy inventing such wonders as a prodigious Street Carnival , Calypso , The Steel Pan , Limbo , Roti , perfecting Angostura Bitters , and a philosophy of the life that spreads ambience and goodwill wherever its people go.

The Language , while Brittanic in essence , is thouroughly marinated in Aboriginal defiance , the elusive Spanish gold , French assaults , steeped with East Indian Massala , a History rich from the cross-mingling of the sweat from the Negue Jardin, the bus'-head blood of the Batonye , seasoned by the colorful expletives of the Jamettes and finally , sauteed over the fires of the retaliatory Cannes Brulees by the vicissitudes of aristocracy . Spanish speaking pockets still exist , and remote villages continue to use Patois (rustic French) and strongly flourish through their music and folk dances inherited from the Bamboula drum yards .

The culture of the majority of its inhabitants appears to be equilatterally of African and East Indian Heritage . French-Creole, Middle East , Chinese , Portugese and other exotic tongues (along with their culinary delights and customs) are also well represented . Further - The Creator's palette of colors is enjoyed through coalessence , rendering some of the most beautiful  people in the universe - all reflections of these multi-faceted irridescent sparklers .

Much of this copious pot-pouri is derived from an interchange with Tobago , the sister isle , making the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago , furthest south of the Caribbean Islands , among the most charming and blessed in the world.  [smiley=rolleyes.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=cheesy.gif]

*I haven't read all of the previous  words and meanings , so if I may have repeated anything from before ...I am quite sorry .*


ACCOUTREMENT -- Garb, dress, especially when ridiculous , absurd . Dressed to the hilt . Bits & pieces .

AIYO -- Goodbye , farewell .

AH FUS AH --Too much overdone

BABASH -- Rum soaked sponge cake

BACRA JOHNNY -- Ferry , boat (Johnny-Journey)

BAGANANYA -- Trifling , frivoulous , chatter . Bagatelle --Trinkets , trifles , bits & pieces .

BAHUT -- Cabinet , chest , trunk .

BAMSEE (Bamboula) -- African Dance .

BACHAC -- Jovial , living together .

BATI --Saddled with a pack .

BATTAI -- Stick , staff .

BAZODEE -- To daze , dumbfound , stun .

BEAU YELLE -- Beautiful , handsome

BEH-BEH -- Baby , baby doll .

BELAIR -- Prettily , charming , softly , gently .

BETOUGE --Beast Savage .

BETTY GOATEE -- Animal , fool , stupid creature .

BICHE -- Hide in the Bush .

BISQUANKAY -- Outlandish , odd , strange .

BOBBOL -- Lie , tall story .

BOBOLEE -- Hurt , pain .

BOIS -- wood .

BOLEE -- Bowl , basin .

BOMBAY -- Convex , arched , hump-backed .

BONCHEZ -- Too much , expensive .

BOUF -- To puff the cheeks in anger .

BORDAGE -- Border

BOSE , BOSE BACK -- Hump , hunch , lump , bump .

BO-TAY -- Boots , To kick (up heels) .

BOUGE -- Middle class , master , mistress .

BOU'EILLE D'FEU -- Bottle of Fire .

BRAM -- To make noisy , sound (bell) of deer in heat .

BRAVE-DANGE -- To be brave in the face of danger .

BUFOOTOO -- A young buffalo .

BULL-DE-MAS -- Bubble of the stock

CADENCE -- Rhythm , time in dancing .

CALLALOU -- Mangle (LOURD-Thick lumpy).

CALINDA -- Cajole, coax , bait .

CALPET -- To box the ears of

CANBOULAY -- Cane Burning

CARGO -- Tramp , vagrant

CARRE -- Square "La Couray" . The squaring off to fight .

CASCADOUX -- Helmet , shell (DOUX--sweet , soft) .

CATSPRADDLE -- Waterfall

CATTA -- Knot of hair on head .

CHANTWELL -- Sing , read in a sing song tone .

CHINEE -- Caterpillar

CHATAIGNE -- Chestnut , Breadnut .

CHIRRUP-CHIRRUP -- Driblet , bit , shred .

CHOOF-CHOOF -- Breath , puff of air .

CHOOK , JOOK (African CHOC) -- Blow , conflict , oppositition . Remove by force .

CHOU POULE -- Hole , orifice (POULE --hen , chicken).

CHOUTAH -- To pet, cuddle, spoil rotten .

CHUT -- Hush .

COCOTTE --Chicken .

COLIBRI -- Humming Bird .

COMME CI COMME CA -- So-so , Indifference .

COMPERE -- Crony , pal , partner in crime .

COUNOU MOUNOU -- Well known , animal for riding .

COMMESSE -- Gossip .

CORBEAU -- Carrion Crow .

COSKEL -- Odd , laughable , comical .

COSKOROB -- Lazy .

COUPE CI COUPE LA -- Cut both ways .

COTE CE COTE LA -- (ce) this, that (la)The, her (ci) Here, now (la)There then

COUPION -- Rump .

COUYON -- Stingy, disgusting .

CANAILLE -- scum of the earth .

COVERTE POCHAM -- Hidden secret . Pot .


CRAPAUD -- Toad, flaw in diamond, ugly

CRAVATE -- Ruffle of neck feathers of birds, neck tie

CRENNEH -- To crush, squash, bruise, overwhelm

CREPSOLE --Thin syntethic rubber

(to be continued)
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: GanjaBreedGyul on November 20, 2004, 02:54:16 AM


DAME LORRAINE -- (DAME) Married Lady . (LORETTE) Woman of easy virtue .

DANJAY -- Last finishing .

DATWAN -- Dental .

DAVEN -- Nincompoop .

DIRE-DIRE -- To stay on course , slow but sure .

DEMBLEE -- Immediately , repeat (In whe-whe) .

DEPUIS -- Since , for; from , after .

DERIVE -- To drift , go off course .

DIMANCHE GRAS -- Sunday; Fat, rich .

DINGOLAY -- Mad , crazy .

DINGUER -- To fling away .

DOR DOR -- To sleep .

DOUEN -- (Eastern Nigeria ) Gifted , endowed with .

DOUX DOUX -- Sweet Sweet .


EH BIEN OUI DON DON -- Allyuh listen to dis . Yeh lemme give yuh dis good one .(excitement when starting up and interesting story , usually a gossip) .

EBLOUIR -- To dazzle , fascinate

EVAOUIA -- Ruffled .

EXANTE -- Skin rash (to behave rashly) S'exposer --To expose oneself .


FATIGUE -- Tiring , wearisome .

FETE -- Feast , etertainment , merry-making .

FINI -- Fine , thin, slender .

FLAMBEAU -- Torch , candle , link . FLAMME/flame . BEAU/beautiful , nice , good .

FOUINE -- To show off .

FOUFOUYEH -- Frivolous .

FOUNKIE -- Funky

FUMET -- Dung of deer .

FOUTIE -- A good chance .

FOUTAISE -- Nonsense , rubbish .

FROUPSY -- A thin wash of color . Scum .


GAMBAGE -- Skip , antic , gambol .

GAREBO -- Tighten , strangle .

GASKANE -- To brag

GI-GI/REE -- Restless , Jittery .

GILL-GILL -- clown , ninny , simpleton .

GINGUER -- To jump , fling , gambol .

GRAPPE -- cluster of , Bunch

GRATATAN -- Extra(pay)

GRE-GRE -- African  amulet .

GROS JEAN -- Country man , bumkin

GROS MICHELLE -- Man who pays for a short time .

GUABIN -- Spawned Herring .

GUFF -- To inflate .

GUILPIN -- The head chopper offer .

GUNDY -- To go around , to embrace .

GENER -- To squeeze .

HALE -- Tow rope .

HAPOSITE -- About turn ,opposite .

HASECARA -- To hatchet .

HECRIE --hectic .

HOTOTO -- Basketful

HOUNCH -- Blow from elbow

HUILLE -- Oil . To move like oil .

IRON DOUGLE -- Spanish Pistol (shot).



JAGABAT -- Old time , Bat is nocturnal .

JAMET -- Employ , Enjoy .

JOOK -- Remove by force . A blow .

JOUVAY -- Daybreak , Opening .

JUMBIE -- Phanthom , ghost .

KABA-KABA -- Peajacket ; Hooded oilskin raincoat .

KILKETAY -- Tilted , sloped .

KISKADEE -- What's the matter ? What did he say ?

KYOW -- Marble quarry .

(to be continued )
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Speed on January 03, 2005, 11:41:37 PM
I read that because so many africans were from different tribes that they couldn't communicate with eachother so the only language they could use was those of the slave master's. But I think one of the most dominent tribes spoke a certain french dialect so thats why alot of words are similar to french...
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Buffalo_Solider on January 23, 2005, 11:41:31 PM
where u guys git dis stuff
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: herbsman on March 25, 2005, 04:02:35 PM
we trod  JAH earth  to allways advance I and I  wisdom
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: BLING_BLAOH on April 14, 2005, 04:08:08 PM
I learned how to speak patois from both sides ah I family. Mi mom speaks Patois and mi fadda used to speak Creole. So when I speak Patois, I sound more like a Belizean dan a Jamaican.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: trini_chindian on April 17, 2005, 07:53:17 PM
nice posts of glossaries.  very useful stuff.

i just wanted to add one thing here.  the term "patois" is used differently in different territories.   in trinidad, "patois" refers to what linguists call a French creole.  in jamaican, "patois" is not french based, but more english based in terms of lexicon.  structurally, there is evidence from african languages which comprimise the grammar of jamaican patois (known as jamaican creole in linguistic terms).  in trinidad, we also have what people call "broken english" which is in fact trinidadian creole english.  the thing is, in trinidad, the trinidadian creole english is moving closer toward a standard variety, whereas jamaican creole english has been less resistant to change (although this might vary in more urban settings).  in the case of jamaican creole english, there is a stronger case for arguing that it could be considered a language all entirely, whereas such an argument for trinidadian creole would be weak because of decreolization (ie. moving toward standard variety).  so i would say that trinidadian creole english is a dialect more than a separate language. my point is, the word "patois" speaks differently to various speech communities and can employ a multiplicity of meaning.


trini chindian
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Positive_Vibration on May 31, 2005, 10:19:23 PM
Cool dictionary! What is a back slidder, or back sidder though?

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: soljie on June 10, 2005, 08:44:50 AM
anybody who waan know weh patois come from has to listen to the tune Jamaica from macka B on the columbus riddim that seh it all!!! when mi can find the lyrics me will post dem 2...

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Keyno on June 24, 2005, 10:48:14 PM
RasTafari is a amharic word, and has been around before the english God concept.
RasTafari is ancient for saying GOD THE head creator.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: newrasta on June 28, 2005, 05:43:51 AM

Now since I've started reading this I wanna learn fluent Patois now!!! Anyone wanna help I??? [smiley=wink.gif]

Jah Bless.

Ras Evan
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: RastaEvan11 on July 18, 2005, 06:54:48 AM

learning a lot one this goood dictionary [smiley=grin.gif]

peace be ur journey
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Positive_Vibration on August 07, 2005, 06:31:53 AM
Anyone know a good method to solidly learning Pataois?

I was thinking of maybe setting up an e-mail address that sends one word, its definition, and it used in a sentence on the daily. ... Anyone interested?
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Rastadog on August 07, 2005, 07:13:04 AM
         I have taken interest in this dictionary and have already started using it to my full advantage with my friends and is working greatly in reality.

Jah Love
[smiley=smiley.gif] [smiley=smiley.gif]
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: newrasta on August 07, 2005, 08:26:43 AM
Anyone know a good method to solidly learning Pataois?

I was thinking of maybe setting up an e-mail address that sends one word, its definition, and it used in a sentence on the daily. ... Anyone interested?

I'm interested! I've been dying to speak Patois with someone! Maybe an addition to that could be someone who knew Patois, very solidly, could perhaps set up live chats where ones interested in learning could go in the chat and further learn it! [smiley=smiley.gif]

Jah Love!

Ras Evan
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Positive_Vibration on August 08, 2005, 05:55:21 AM

I'm interested! I've been dying to speak Patois with someone! Maybe an addition to that could be someone who knew Patois, very solidly, could perhaps set up live chats where ones interested in learning could go in the chat and further learn it! [smiley=smiley.gif]

Jah Love!

Ras Evan

Seen...I'll get a full thread for it so all peoples interested could say so and then I'll set it up. Thanks be given
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: SmG on August 20, 2005, 09:24:10 AM
Yah, I'd love that!

Jah Bless
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Post by: FussingnnFighting on September 26, 2005, 02:41:29 AM
does anyone know of a title or author, or company or site or something that sells a Rasta/Patois Dictionary? i would appreciate it.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: nattydreadman on November 24, 2005, 05:17:21 PM

I'm interested! I've been dying to speak Patois with someone! Maybe an addition to that could be someone who knew Patois, very solidly, could perhaps set up live chats where ones interested in learning could go in the chat and further learn it! [smiley=smiley.gif]

Jah Love!

Ras Evan

I-Ney, Irie

Iman also interested in learnin Patois. i know some but would love tro learn more

One Love.
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: aspiring_rasta on December 07, 2005, 04:21:52 PM
very cool! this will be help. thank you
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: bushdoctor12001 on December 19, 2005, 05:15:41 PM
i am in the uk can anyone advise where in the uk or on the net i can buy Fetha Nagast
if so please mail me on stephen.stokes1@ntlworld.com
jah blessings
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: BadGyal on January 23, 2006, 01:30:20 PM
hey people out there . [smiley=huh.gif]. i really need some help!
can someone tell me what the meaning of [glb]'Rah'[/glb] is ... i coulndt find it anywhere ... i appreciate it a lot if somebody could find out the meaning

Thx A Lot And Much Love
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Ash-Tree on January 23, 2006, 02:48:04 PM
i know rah comes from the egpytion god,
something to do with rahmuses.
maybe sun.

jah Ashley
Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: Snake_Eater on June 11, 2006, 01:39:26 AM
Jon, if you do set that email thing up, include the-I.

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: lm123 on May 13, 2009, 03:23:33 PM
ash tree rah means really example datz rah big meanz thats really big

Title: Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
Post by: fluke on October 31, 2009, 04:27:08 PM
UKSUSclan : words.  what me and amigos tell at meeting.  he-he