Trini dictionary
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Ah Substitute for "I"
Allyuh All of you people. A group
Ax Ask. To ask a question
Aye-yah-yie An expression of anticipation or pain, etc.


Bacchanal Scandal, heavy quarreling, big party,
Back chat Insolent response, especially from a child to
an adult
Bad eye(cut-eye) A look of anger, especially when looking from
the  corner of the eye
Ba-John A bully or a really tough customer
Bamsee The rear end, what you sit on
Bam-se Lambe Rather attractive bamsee
Bol'face A pushy person, unreasonably demanding
Broughtupsy Showing that a person was properly brought up,
Buh wait nah But wait a minute, now hold on/it

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Callaloo A thick soup made from dasheen leaves,
coconut milk, seasoned to taste, invariably includes crab
Calypso A musical and lyrical comment on any subject,
usually composed for, but not limited to, the Carnival season
Calypsonian One who sings calypsoes
Cheups(Steups) A noise made by sucking your teeth
Chinkee Very tiny portions of anything
Chupid Stupid
Chupidee A foolish person
Coki-eye Cross-eyed
Commesse Confusion associoated with arguments, gossip
and slander
Cuff Hitting someone or something with a clenched
Cyah Can't

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Da is you? Is that you?
Dan-dan Any sharp looking outfit
Dat good for yuh Serves you right
Dat That
Doh Don't
Dotish Silly, stupid, foolish and dumb
Dougla Mixture of East Indians and African parentage
Drevait(dree-vay) Wayward person who likes to "knock about"
English is the country's only official language, but Bhojpuri, locally known as Hindi, is also spoken by a few Indo-Trinidadians and widely used in popular music such as chutney and chutney soca. The main spoken language, Trinidadian English is either classified as a dialect or variety of English or as an English Creole (Trinidadian Creole English). The major spoken language in Tobago is Tobagonian Creole English. Both languages contain elements from a number and variety of African languages; Trinidadian English, however, is also largely influenced by French and French Creole and by Bhojpuri/Hindi. The creole languages and other vernaculars are normally spoken in informal situations, and there is not yet a formalized system of writing (other than as in standard English). Short-term visitors need not be concerned about learning Creole, as virtually everyone speaks English. Although Patois (a variety of French Creole) was once the most widely spoken language on the island (and also on the Venezuelan Paria coast), it is now rarely heard.


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Eh What did you say?
Eh-eh No, no way, oh no
Eh-heh Oh really? I understand. Yes
En'less Plenty, endless
Ent? Is that not so? That's true, isn't it?

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Fall out To stop speaking with someone or to terminate
a  friendship
Faddah Father
Fed up The state of being bored
Fete A party, loud music, lots to eat and drink,
dancing  to wee hours of the morning
Flim Film
Foul-smelling, stink odour
Fuh true/troot? Yes that is true. Is that really so?

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Goin'orf Someone who appears to be going out of their
mind,  acting strangely
Gun talk Fighting words, to threaten verbally
Gyul Girl

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Harden Disobedient
Hototo(hotoetoe) A very large amount of anything

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I eh payin' tax fuh mih mout' I could say anything I want
In ting To be involved in current activity
Is so? Is that so?

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Jeez-an-ages Used for any reason where an outburst is
Jook To stab at anything
Jumbie Spirit, ghost
Jus'now In a little while
Jus'so? Just like that?
Jus'so Out of the blue, totally unexpected

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Ketch Catch
Klim Any brand of powdered milk

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Lef dat Leave that
Leh Let, let's
Leh go Let go
Leh we Let us
Lick dong To accidentally hit someone or something
Licks A beating, physical punishment
Like t'ing To be somewhat mischievous
Lil'bit In small meaningless portions
Lime When a small group of people engage in a
sometimes  pre-arranged activity
Long eye A person who is envious of the possessions of
Look nuh! An expression of annoyance

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Maco A person who minds other people's business for
the  purpose of gossip.
Macocious A person having the trait of a maco
Maga Very thin, skinny
Mamaguy To make fun of, to ridicule
Mama Yo! Expression denoting shock and surprise
Matter Fix Everything is well organized
Mih han' slip An expression used when too much of an
ingredient is  used
Mooma Mother
Mout'er A boaster
Much up To pamper, to butter up

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Nah No
Nastiness An expression of disgust applied to a
good-for-nothing person
Never see come see Someone who has recently been exposed to
something  new and who overdoes it to ridiculous proportions
Ning ning Tired eyes
Now fuh now Instantly
Nowherian A person who does not have any fixed place of

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Obzokee Awkward in appearance, anything bent or
twisted out of shape
Oh geed! An expression used when an offensive smell
OH gosh!-
Oh gorm man!-
Oh shimps man!
- These are all expressions denoting shock,
surprise,indignation and admiration
Ol' talk Idle chatter, social chit-chat
One set ah A lot of anything
Own-way Stubborn person

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Pallet Frozen lolly
Papa yo! Exclamation of surprise
Pesh Money
Pissin' tail A person of no class or importance
Planasse To hit someone continuously with the flat part
of a  cutlass
Playin' social Someone who pretends to be of a higher social
strata  than they are
Pong Pound
Po-po Very small child, baby
Prim-prim Disgustingly proper and formal

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Quenk An irritating person
Qualey Withered, dried up

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Raff To grab suddenly
Ragadang Broken down
Ram-cram Packed to capacity

Roti is a West Indian food showcasing a soft, thin pancake-like bread filled with crushed split peas and spices. But this is just the beginning. This stuffed pancake or "Dalpuri" is wrapped around your choice of meat and/or vegetable curries like a rich, savory burrito. Watch out for the chicken bones.

Rumfle Ruffled or wrinkled

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Saga boy/girl Flashy dresser, dandy
Shades Sunglasses

'Bake and Shark'  a shark fillet sandwich with a local twist. The bread or 'bake' is light and fluffy and the shark is seasoned with local herbs and battered. Both the bake and the shark are usually deep-fried

Shif' yuh carcass Move over, get going
Shub Shove, move or cast aside
Skinnin' yuh teet' Grinning
Skin up yuh nose To turn up one's nose at anything
Sometimeish Moody
Strims Shrimps
Sweetie Any confectionary
Swell up yuh face To look angry, to pout

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Tabanca The forlorn feeling one gets when a love
affair is  over
Tanty Aunt
Tight Intoxicated, drunk, stoned
T'ing Thing
To besides Besides which
Too-tool-bay A confused state,in a daze, also head over
heels in  love
Tot tots Female breasts

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Umpteen Plenty of anything

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Vampin' An offensive smell
Vaps To suddenly behave excitedly or in a strange

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Wajang A roudy, uncouth person
Warap A very weak mixture
Well yes! An expression of disbelief
Whappen? What's the matter with you?
Wha-happenin' dey? What's happening
Whey Where
Whey yuh say? What did you say

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Yampee Mucus, found in the corner of the eye
You an' all? You too?
You so People like you
Yuh faddah head An expression of annoyance
Yuh faddah is a glassmaker? You are blocking my view.
Yuh look fuh dat It's your own fault
Yuh makin' joke! You can't be serious!

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Zug-up A rough and uneven cutting of anything

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Thu, 05 Nov 1998