Definition of Patois

1. Noun. A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves). "They don't speak our lingo"

Exact synonyms: Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Slang, Vernacular
Examples of language type: Bite, Swiz, Heist, Rip-off, Shakedown, Power Trip, Ass, Fuck, Fucking, Nookie, Nooky, Piece Of Ass, Piece Of Tail, Roll In The Hay, Screw, Screwing, Shag, Shtup, Blowjob, Cock Sucking, Hand Job, Jacking Off, Jerking Off, Wank, Dekko, Square-bashing, Shakedown, Caff, Deck, Gat, Rod, Mickey Finn, Nick, Dreck, Schlock, Shlock, Cert, Legs, Soup-strainer, Toothbrush, Arse, Arsehole, Asshole, Bunghole, Bay Window, Corporation, Pot, Potbelly, Tummy, Niff, Pong, Corker, Hooey, Poppycock, Stuff, Stuff And Nonsense, Baloney, Bilgewater, Boloney, Bosh, Drool, Humbug, Taradiddle, Tarradiddle, Tommyrot, Tosh, Twaddle, Applesauce, Codswallop, Folderol, Rubbish, Trash, Tripe, Trumpery, Wish-wash, Skin Flick, Dibs, Bun-fight, Bunfight, Burnup, Nosh-up, Hood, 'hood, Paleface, Poor White Trash, White Trash, Honkey, Honkie, Honky, Whitey, Gook, Slant-eye, Injun, Red Man, Redskin, Hymie, Kike, Sheeny, Yid, Chinaman, Chink, Dago, Ginzo, Greaseball, Guinea, Wop, Jap, Nip, Spic, Spick, Spik, Boche, Hun, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Airhead, Babe, Baby, Sister, Bad Egg, Boffin, Butch, Dike, Dyke, Good Egg, Guvnor, Old Man, Out-and-outer, Schlockmeister, Shlockmeister, Squeeze, Suit, Tripper, Wog, Juice, Big Bucks, Big Money, Bundle, Megabucks, Pile, Key, Skinful, Juice, The Shits, The Trots, Heebie-jeebies, Jitters, Screaming Meemies, Bitch, Give, Buy It, Pip Out, Feel, Hoof, Chuck, Ditch, Bunk Off, Play Hooky, Square, Straight, Besotted, Blind Drunk, Blotto, Cockeyed, Crocked, Fuddled, Loaded, Pie-eyed, Pissed, Pixilated, Plastered, Slopped, Sloshed, Smashed, Soaked, Soused, Sozzled, Squiffy, Stiff, Tight, Wet, Can-do, Freaky, Uncool, Butch, Grotty, Some, Mean, Bolshy, Stroppy, Pint-size, Pint-sized, Runty, Sawed-off, Sawn-off, Slam-bang, Clean, Plum, Plumb, Drop-dead, Baddie, Bennie, Cat, Stiff
Specialized synonyms: Street Name, Rhyming Slang
Generic synonyms: Non-standard Speech
Derivative terms: Slang, Slangy

2. Noun. A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.
Language type: French
Generic synonyms: Accent, Dialect, Idiom

Definition of Patois

1. n. A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.

Definition of Patois

1. Noun. A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France. ¹

3. Noun. Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago& Haiti). ¹

4. Noun. A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi. ¹

5. Noun. Jargon or cant. ¹

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Definition of Patois

1. a dialect [n PATOIS] - See also: dialect

Lexicographical Neighbors of Patois

patio chair
patio door
patio doors
patois (current term)
patria potestas

Literary usage of Patois

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Obeah: Witchcraft in the West Indies by Henry Hesketh Joudou Bell (1893)
"This patois is a most barbarous lingo, and is formed of a jumble of French most vilely corrupted, mixed up with a few words of broken English. ..."

2. Travels in North America in the Years 1841-2: With Geological Observations by Charles Lyell (1845)
"It is fast degenerating into a patois, and it is amusing to see many Germanized English words introduced even into the newspapers, ..."

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