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1. Batty Gyal


English Translation

Dyke


Definition

Derogatory term used to refer to a homosexual female; it is derived from “batty man”, which is used to refer to a homosexual male


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi neva know seh Mary a batty gal until she try fi kiss mi last nite
English: I never knew that Mary was a dyke until she tried to kiss me last night



posted on July 15, 2013

2. Bringle


English Translation

Agitated


Example Sentences

Patois: Di man get bringle all of a sud’n.
English: The man became agitated all of a sudden.



posted on December 9, 2013

3. Happy Eastah


English Translation

Happy Easter


Example Sentences

Patois: Happy Eastah mi fren
English: Happy Easter my friend



posted on April 4, 2021

4. Suck yuh madda


English Translation

Suck your mother


Definition

A very offensive curse phrase used to disrespect someone while indirectly, also disrespecting their mother. Although the literal meaning of this phrase is to go and suck one’s own mother, the actual meaning is similar to the curse phrase “Go f**k yourself”. Directing this phrase at some Jamaicans is often taken personally and will probably result in a fight.


Example Sentences

Patois: P**syhole, go suck yuh madda
English: Motherf**ker, go and f**k yourself



posted on September 24, 2013

5. Wah bout yuh, Wah deh gwaan


English Translation

How about you, How are you doing?



posted on September 14, 2019

6. Bong belly pickney


English Translation

Greedy Person


Definition

Slang expression used to refer to a greedy person .


Example Sentences

Patois: Wah mek yuh haffi nyam off alla di food? mi neva know seh yuh a bong belly pickney
English: Why did you have to eat all of the food? I didn’t know you were a greedy person



posted on February 27, 2014

7. putus


English Translation

sweetheart


Definition

Term used to call someone their sweetheart.


Example Sentences

Patois: Koffee a mi putus
English: Koffee is my sweetheart



posted on February 18, 2019

8. too faas


English Translation

too nosy;


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh nuh need fi know about dat, yuh too faas
English: You don’t need to know about that, you are too nosy



posted on October 6, 2016

9. Wah sweet nanny goat ago run him belly


English Translation

What tastes good to a goat will later upset his stomach


Definition

This suggests that the things that seem fine to you now can hurt you later.



posted on September 1, 2014

10. Ras


English Translation

Dreadlocks Man


Definition

Someone who wear’s dreadlocks (may also practice Rastology)


Example Sentences

(patois) Di rass deh inna di mango tree
(english) The dreadlocks man is in the mango tree



posted on April 25, 2013

11. Up suh


English Translation

Up there


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh deh guh up suh likkle more?
English: Are you going up there later?



posted on February 23, 2017