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

cerfitikat: certificate
chaka chaka: very bad quality, disorganized, a big mess, poor quality
chatabax: Chatter Box, someone who talks too much, a gossip, a talker
chapareeta: a chain bracelet
chi-chi man: a homosexual male.
chimey: a metal chamberpot
cho: a term used to express disgust or regret
chobble: trouble
chowziz: pants
chuck: truck
chuck it: partner with, align with, friends with
chups: small kiss or what some may refer to as a peck
chupid: Stupid
cyan: cannot
cooyah, coohya, kuya: look here, see this now, a term used when some is surprise.
clath: diaper, in some case it is used as a strong expletive in combination with other words
controwl: ownership, be in control
cocobey , cocobe: It is the bumps or rough skin that is a result of the spit spewed from a bullfrogs defending themselves.  Some use the word to describe a person. Example  “Dem ugli laka cocobey”. It is from the word: kokobeh -  having a rough skin
craven: greedy
cree: Relax, Calm down, Chill out, Stop
criss or crissas: brand new, never used before
crosses: problems, causing trials
crewtial: crucial, very serious or important
cuvitchous: covetous
coodeh, kuydeh, kuh de: look there
Coal Stove: a small cast iron stove which uses coal for fire. It is used mainly in the country side
cum: come
cumfat: comfort. Some times use as a noun for an object that comfort someone one.
cuminyah: A ceremonial dance performed by members of the Pocomania cult
cumbolo: friends, group of peers (often used negatively)
cunoomunoo: fool, to be used
cuponyuh: look at you now. Used mainly as an exclamation of surprise

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