Patois Words Dictionary


Do all your Jamaican friends laugh at you every time you open your mouth and try to speak Jamaican? Jamaicanize your vocabulary here with our words that start with A. If you don’t see a term, tell us and we’ll put it up.

a: to be, am.

a-doors: outside.

a-fe: It’s for.

aan: on

aaty: hearty

abeng: Horn instruments which Maroons made from a cow horn to warn them of attacks.

Accompong: One of the Maroon towns in Jamica.

Actoba: October.

agany: agony.

a-go: I am going, to go.

ah good: serve you just right.

ahoa/aoah: an exclamation similar to Oooh or Aaaah.

aldoah: although.

all fruits ripe: an expression which means “everything is going well”.

alla wi: all of us.

alms ouse: nonsense.

an: and

anda: under

anaodda/anedda: another

anancy/anansi: The name of the main character of the Jamaican folklore stories of the man-spider named Anancy/Anansi. The stories can be traced back to Africa. See stories now!!!

ansah: answer

ar: or

areddi: already

aringe/arinj: orange

artical: respected

ascordin: according

asham: A popular Jamaican snack made with crushed roasted corn, salt and pepper

ave: have

awile: awhile

awight: alright

axe: ask

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