Speak JA


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 B. If you don’t see a term, tell us and we’ll put it up.

baas: boss, sometimes used like the North American slang “bro” or “Chief”

babylon: police, any establishment

back-aff: back off, take off

backa: behind

Batchidally: See Skettel

backative: backing, support, buy in

bak chat: back talk

backside or baxside: bottom or buttocks, used as a curse term

backsiding or baxsiding: beat up, beating, whipping

backways: backwards

badda: bother, extremely bad person

badmine: jealous or having grudge

bafan: clumsy, awkward

bait: someone who trash talks and never delivers

bakra: overseer, superior, from the slavery term “back raw” from being whipped by the slavemaster

baldhead: anybody without dreadlocks, accepting the establishment

bandooloo: dishonest or dishonesty

bangarang: disturbance, noise

bankra: a big basket

bashment: a party

bat: a moth

bata: any cheap shoes, the name is derived from the popular but inexpensive brand of shoes called Bata.

batta: batter or battered, most frequently used to refer to battered fruit.

battabout: loose woman or something that has been around the block

bawn: born

bawn back a cow: a term used to describe being stupid.

bawn-ya: born here. Used to describe been born in Jamaica

bayfoot: barefoot

batty: bottom or buttocks

battybwoy: a homosexual male

bax juice: box drinks, small box drinks that is popular in Jamaica

beenie: small

beg: Please for, to ask

betta: better

bigga: bigger, Also a popular pet name

big up: a phrase which is used as accomplishment or praise to someone

bissy: cola nut that is sometimes dried and used as medicine.

bizniz: business

bling bling: diamonds, jewelry

blackheart man: used to describe some one who is a hooligan or a rascal

bly: to give a chance, giving some a break

boasie: boasty

bokkle: bottle

bonafide: an orginal, something that is sincere

boonoonoonoos: pleasant, nice

boops: a sugardaddy

boopsie: a woman that is being well kept by a sugardaddy

booguyaga: not worth anything. low class

Booyaka: A term used to emulate the sound of a gun shot salute. It is used in a celebratory tone.

bout: about

brawta: a gift, bonus, above expected. It is the Jamaican equivalent of “a baker’s dozen”

breda: brother

Bredrin: Friend, Brethren, Brother

bringle: being angry, upset

brinks: sugardaddy, having plenty money

browning: light skinned woman of African descent.

bruck out: wild, out of control.

bruck up: break up, battered, broken

bubu: nose naat (snot), an unintelligent person

bull bucka: butts heads with a bull, referring to someone who is a bully

bullah: a round Jamaican gingerbread

bun: burn, a Jamaican cake eaten mainly at Easter time, doing something with some expectations but getting nothing in return

bus: revealing a secret

Boottu: a loutish, vulgar person

bwoy: boy
Bumbo / Bumbo Clot – Swearword derived from a woman’s sanitary napkin.bunks: a nap or sleep at someone house. Catch a likkle one bunks

bad bad bad: very bad situation. extreme issue

bad mine: carrying a grudge

bad mout: bad mouth, to speak bad about someone, gossiping

bad wud: bad word

badda: bother

badda badda: bother bother, to constantly bother someone where it becomes annoying.

badderation: a big problem

baddest: worst

bade: bath

badi: body

baggy: panty, child’s underpants

ball an chain: strict control

bammy: a cake made of cassava eaten frequently with fish

bandooloo (bandulu): a swindle or racket

bangarang: commotion or noise

bans: plenty

batta: soften

battam: bottom

batty rider: mini shorts pants

bawl: to cry, a ball

bawl out: crying out

bwan: born

bax: to be slapped in the face, a box

bax juice: a boxed drink

baybee: baby

bear: only

beeny: small or tiny

behine: behind

ben dung: bending down

Ben Johnson day: the day before pay day

bench an batty: a term use to describe two people who are rarely seen without each other, inseparable. This term is derived from the relationship ones bottom (batty) has to their chair (bench).

Bendun maaket: a roadside market

betta: better

bex: vex

big tings a gwan: big things are happening

big up: hello or my regards

biggis: biggest

bickle: Food. Most often use as “likkle bickle”

black out: power outage

blouse an skirt: an exclamation similar to “Wow”

blow wow: an exclamation similar to “Wow”

blue drause: sweet potato wrapped in banana leaf an boiled- see recipe

boad: board

boas: boast

boasify: boastfully

BOAL: Jamaicans.com short hand for Bust Out A Laff

bobbo dread: broom selling dreadlocks

bogle: The dance bogle was named after and by its inventer the late popular Jamaican dancehall icon Gerald (AKA ‘Bogle’ or ‘Mr. Wacky’)Levy.

bout: about

bokkle: bottle

booguyaga/buguyaga: low rate, worthless, low class

boonoonunus: plentiful, beautiful

Boops: this is the term used to describe a man who financially supports a woman but gets nothing in return

boopsie: a well kept young woman

boots: a condom

Boun fi: sure thing to happen, must happen

box cover: an exclamation similar to “ooh goosh”

braata: extra

breda anancy: 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!!!

Breadfruit: a fruit that is boiled or roasted

breda: brother, friend

bredrim: brethren, friend

breed: being pregnant

brinks: a boops or sugar daddy

brook lac: Brooklax the laxative, the name used for any chocolate laxative

brought upsi: being brought up good mannerism

brownin: brown skin girl

bruck out: bad or unruly behavior

bruk: broke. Having no money

Bruk up: Break up

brukins: an occasion where food is served.

bubu: dunce or nose naat.

Buckup: lucky

bud: bird

buddy: penis

buff out: buldging

bugga: cheap sneakers.

buk shot: an exclamation

bulla: a jamaican cake made with sugar and ginger.

bully beef: corned beef

bumpa: car bumper or big buttocks

bumptious: a ruffian

bush: the country

bush docta: a herbalist

bush tea: tea made from herb

buss-out: burst out

Busta: a small molasses candy which is named after Jamaican National hero Six Alexander Bustamante Jamaica’s first Prime Minister

butoo: a low class person, to act low class

butooish:to act like a low class person

butterfly: jamaican dance movement where the legs move like a butterfly

buuf: a term that describes someone getting insulted

bwile: boil

About the author

Dulcimer "Peaches" Robothom