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1. Browning


Definition

A black person (normally female) of light skin complexion


Example Sentences

(patois) Yow! a wah da browning deh name?
(english) Hey! what is the name of that light skin girl?



posted on April 25, 2013

2. Skoolah


English Translation

schooler


Example Sentences

Patois: Di skoolah dem nah act rite
English: The schoolers aren't acting right



posted on October 6, 2019

3. Mi deh yah


English Translation

l'm here


Definition

Mi deh yah means l'm here


Example Sentences

Patois: Dem think mi did gaawn but mi deh yah same way
English: They think I was gone but I'm still here



posted on July 29, 2014

4. Neegle


English Translation

Needle


Example Sentences

(patois) Pass mi di neegle
(english) Pass me the needle



posted on April 25, 2013

5. Ku deh


English Translation

Look there


Example Sentences

Patois: Ku deh! Yu nuh see a who dat?
English: Look there! Don’t you see who that is?



posted on July 15, 2013

6. Rasshole


English Translation

Asshole


Definition

Popular curse word commonly used throughout the Caribbean. It can take on a variety of meanings depending on the context in which it is used. For example, it can be used as a exclamation of shock(similarly to “f**k”), it can be used to refer to someone who is strongly disliked(similarly to asshole) or it can be used to refer to ones ass.


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh betta gi mi mi rasshole money if yuh know wah gud fi yuh!
English: You better give me my f**king money if you know what’s good for you!



posted on November 19, 2013

7. Skanking


Definition

A form of dancing originating in Jamaica, now most notably done in Ska/Reggae shows.


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh saw dat bwoy skanking to dis [riddim]?
English: Have you seen this boy dancing to the beat?



posted on February 26, 2017

8. Everyweh mi tun makka juk mi


English Translation

Everywhere I turn, I'm poked by torns


Definition

Everywhere I go, I encounter obstacles



posted on October 1, 2019

9. dem time deh


English Translation

those past time


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh memba dem time deh wen wi a did pickney an wi use to pretend leaf a did money?
English: Do you remember those past time times when we were kids and we’d pretend leaves were money?



posted on December 2, 2014

10. Jah guide


English Translation

God shall guide


Definition

Rastafarian phrase used to say farewell or good bye.


Example Sentences

Patois: Bless up yuhself and Jah guide
English: Blessings onto you and may God guide you



posted on February 24, 2019

11. Loodi


English Translation

Ludo


Definition

A board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to dice rolls.


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh deh play loodi likkle more?
English: Are you playing ludo later?



posted on November 23, 2016

12. Patois


Definition

Jamaican Patois (also known as “Patwa” or “Patwah”) is the language that is spoken by most Jamaicans. Jamaican Patois is a combination of an English based Creole language and West African based languages. Jamaican Creole came into existence as a medium for the slaves and their masters to communicate.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi know how fi chat patwah
English: I know how to speak patois



posted on October 19, 2013