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1. Criss


English Translation

Good


Definition

Slang expression for stating that everything is good/alright.


Example Sentences

Patois: (Person 1): Yow! Yuh need help wid di homework? (Person 2): No, mi criss
English: (Person 1): Hey! Do you need help with the homework? (Person 2): No, I’m good



posted on September 10, 2013

2. Dread


English Translation

Dreadlocks Man


Definition

A person who wears dreadlocks, not necessarily a Rasta.


Example Sentences

(patois) Di dread inna di ackee tree
(english) The dreadlocks man is in the ackee tree



posted on April 25, 2013

3. Weh yah guh


English Translation

Where are you going?


Example Sentences

Patois: Weh yah guh nex?
English: Where are you going next?



posted on January 15, 2021

4. Yack


English Translation

Eww


Definition

Expression of disgust


Example Sentences

Patois: Yack! Yuh start nyam widout washin yuh han
English: Eww! You started to eat without washing your hands



posted on October 8, 2013

5. a cum


English Translation

coming


Example Sentences

Patois: Dem a cum now
English: They're coming now



posted on September 5, 2019

6. At steppa


English Translation

Hot stepper


Definition

to be a notorious thug; a criminal; someone who has escape from jail.


Example Sentences

(patois) mi a hot steppa
(english) I am a hot stepper.



posted on April 25, 2013

7. Big up


English Translation

Give respect


Definition

To give respect, encouragement or to acknowledge someone


Example Sentences

(patois) Big up to mi frenz dem.
(english) Give respect to all my friends.



posted on April 25, 2013

8. hanna


English Translation

honor


Example Sentences

Patois: Wi a di guess a hanna
English: Wi a di guess a hanna



posted on July 6, 2020

9. Low dem


English Translation

Leave them


Example Sentences

Patois: Nuh seh nuh'n, low dem
English: Don't say anything, leave them



posted on December 31, 2020

10. Yamabella


English Translation

Silly Female


Definition

A woman who is publicly being made a fool of by their significant other.


Example Sentences

Patois: Him a gi har bun, shi a yamabella
English: He's cheating on her, she's a silly female



posted on January 2, 2021

11. A nuh everything gud fi eat gud fi talk


English Translation

Not everything that's worth eating is worth talking about


Definition

Not everything one hears should be repeated



posted on July 14, 2019

12. Babylon


English Translation

Police man


Definition

Rastafarian word for the police or the corrupt government system.
May also be used to describe any person or organization that oppresses the innocent


Example Sentences

(patois) Waah Babylon bwoy a cum.
(english) A police man is coming.



posted on April 25, 2013