The 'Jamaican Dictionary' consists of words that have been made up by Jamaicans and used by them while conversing with each other.
Even the most intellectual Jamaicans will use the 'Jamaican Dictionary'.
Over the years, words have continuously been added to this 'Dictionary'.
The spelling of some of the words in the 'Jamaican Dictionary' will differ among Jamaicans since there is no real 'correct' spelling of these words! Jamaicans will spell them in whatever way they feel the spelling should be.
I have listed below some of the words from the 'Dictionary' along with their meanings. I will list some more of these words in other posts from time to time.
Please enjoy learning the meaning of these words.... They are a part of 'The Jamaican Culture'!
Bandooloo: Swindle, con
Bashment: Dance, party, session
Boops: A man who supports a woman financially but receives nothing in return
Bootoo: Insignificant person, dumb person
Buck Up: Meet
Bun: Cheating on your mate, Act of infidelity
Bwoy: Young boy, To belittle someone, expression
Chacka Chacka: Disorder
Cho: Expression of impatience or disappointment
Craven: Greedy (mostly with food)
Criss: Looks good
Cyaan: Cannot, Can't
Dawtah: Girlfriend, Daughter, Woman
Don: 'King' of a territory
Dread: It is bad
Ease up: Forgive, give them a chance
Faast: fast, nosy
Fit: Ripe (as in fruits)
Inna: In the
Inna Di Morrows: Tomorrow
Irie: It is very good, greeting
Jah Know: The Lord knows
Jam Down: Jamaica
Ku Deh!: Look there!
Little More: See you
Mafia: Criminal, Crooked
Mash: Destroy, Step on
Missis: Used to speak to a woman instead of calling her name
More Time: See You
Mus Mus: A mouse
Nyagah: Black person, Used to degrade someone
Picknie: A child
Ram: Filled to capacity
Red Eye: Envious
Rahtid: Exclamation, Surprise
Rude Bwoy: Tough guy
Samfi Man: Trickster, Con man
Screw: To be angry
Seen: To understand, To agree
Seen?: Do you understand?
Sidung: Sit down
Sing Ting: Something
So-So: Weak, Not good
Stoosh: High class
Topanoris: A very important person
Trace: Curse someone
Oonoo: All of you
Up Town: The upper class
Vex: Get angry
Wah day: Recently, The other day
Wah Mek?: Why?
Wanga Gut: Greedy, Always hungry
Wicked: Bad, Evil, (Also used to mean 'Looking Good')
Winji: Thin, small
Wutless: Worthless, No good
Yah So: Here
Yank: Pull away
Yard: Home, homeland
Youth: A Young man
Zed: The Alphabet letter 'Z'
As Jamaicans would say: Until more time........!
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