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Trini Dictionary

A

A!
Expression of exasperation or indignation.
A-A
Expression denoting surprise, indignation. Said quickly or very slowly for effect.
Ah never see more
An exclamation of surprise, anger, bewilderment. (I've never seen anything like that)
All Foes
Card game played four, in which points are: high, low jack, or hangjack and game.
Allyuh
All of you
An' You Swallow Dat?
And you believed that?
Any time is trini time
Evolved from the alleged penchant of the Trini for arriving any ol' time for an appt.
Ax
Ask
Aye-Yah-Yaye
An expression of anticipation or pain.(ouch!)

B

Ba-John
Bully
Bacchanal
Confusion, scandal and/or arguing.
Bachac
A large red or black soldier ant.
Back Squeeze
To hold back.
Bad Drive
To swerve a vehicle inconsiderately or recklessly in-between moving traffic.
Bad Eye
An angered look.
Bamboozle
To confuse someone with smart talk. To con someone. To talk your way out. To confuse using propaganda.
Bamsee
Rear End
Bawl
To scream or yell
Bawl Dong De Place
To cry excessively. To be in a state of grief.
Bazodee
Totally confused.
Behin' God Back
A very distance place. Remotest part of the country. (Behind God's back)
Behin' Yuh Back
In your abscence.
Better Yuhself
To improve your financial and social condition.
Blight
A person who brings bad luck.
Blighted
Qualebay
Blood Eh Take
To instinctively dislike, or distrust someone.
Bloomin' France
An expression of anger, substitution for foul language.
Bol' face
A pushy person.
Brokes
To have no money. Used As: Phulbasia is brokes today.
Broughtupsy
Showing that a person was properly brought up.
Buh wait nah
Wait a minutes

C

Call that George
Finito. Kaput. Call it finished. End of the matter jus put that on it and call that george
Calypsonian
Someone who sings Calypso
Cheups (Steups)
The noise made by sucking your teeth.
Chillibibbi
A children's snack made from a mixture of ground parched corn and sugar Chinkee......Tiny portions of anything
Chinkee
Small, Tiny.
Chinksin
To hold back and give less than you should
Chupid
Stupid
Chupidee
A foolish person
Coki-eye
A cross-eyed person.
Colgate
Any brand of toothpaste.
Commesse
Scandal, confusion, arguments, gossip.
Cuff
To punch someone
Cut eye
To look menacingly or disapprovingly at someone.
Cyah
Can't, Cannot, Unable to.

D

Dais you?
Is that you?
Dan dan
Any sharp looking outfit
Dat
That
Dat good fuh yuh.
Serves you right.
Deck off
To wear one's best clothes
Doh
Don't
Dotish
Silly, stupid, foolish.
Dougla
A person that is mixed with East Indian and African parentage.
Dry so
Without rhyme or reason. A sudden or unexpected action out of the blue.
Dust it
Leave quickly

E

Eh-eh
No way, Oh no.
Eh-heh
Oh really? I understand. Yes.
Eh?
What did you say? or Can you repeat that?
Elbow grease
Extra effort, to try harder
Ent?
Is that not so? That's true, isn't it?
Every man jack
Everyone without exception
Eye Dong
To look intently at someone or something. To look over from head to toe

F

Faddah
Father
Fall out
Argument
Fete
A party or celebration. A party, loud music, lots to eat and drink, dancing to wee hours of the morning
Founkie
Foul-smelling, stinks
Fuh real
Is that true
Fuh true
Yes it is true
Full ah mouth
All talk and no action to back it up.

G

Goat Mouth
To put goat mouth on someone or something, to jinx something and make it happen by saying something bad will happen
Goin' orf
Someone who appears to be going out of there mind, acting strangely or getting mentally unstable.
Gone tru
Gone through. Past it's prime. No longer useful
Gundy
Crab claw
Gyul
Girl

H

Hambug
To pester or bother someone
Hard Back
Grown up and one who should know better.
Hard Back Indian
Person on indian ethnicity who grew up in the hard way of life, usually tuff.
Harden
Hard headed, someone who does listen or learn, disobedient.
Head Hot
Plenty of worries and pressing matters.
Horn
To cheat on your partner She hornin meh
Hornerman
A guy who makes love to someone's wife/woman.
Horrors
Everything going wrong, lots of problems.
Hototo
A very large amount of anything, a lot.

I

Iron
The brake hub from an auto wheel used as a percussion instrument in steelband music.
Iron Man
Person who beats the iron by striking the brake hub with a short steel rod.
Is so you stop
That's the way you normally behave.
Is so?
Is that so?
Is you to ketch
You will be the one left holding the bag. You will be outsmarted.
It take yuh
You look good in it. It looks good on you.

J

Jab Jab
A type of Carnival devil costume; jabs people with his fork and demands money from passersby.
Jack Spania
Wasp
Jagabat
A woman of questionable morals, one who haunts the seamier side of town.
Jail bud
Jail Bird. Someone who is constantly in and out of jail.
Jam
A big noisy party
Jam-Session
Any crowded occasion. A big 7-band party with many people, loud music.
Jamet
Like a jagabat but applies to both male female.
Jammin-Heavy
Heavy work load with no time to rest. To be under fire. Unpleasant condition.
Jingay
A hex on spell. To try to confuse an opponent with Mumbo-jumbo
Jokey
An amusing person or incident.
Jook
To stab at anything he jook meh in meh eye.
Jookin' Board
Wash-board. A board or frame having a corrugated surface to wash clothes.
Jouvert
Opening of the Carnival festivities. Instead of costumes everyone is covered in paint and oil.
Jub-Jub
Ju-jube. The gelatinous candy lozenge.
Jumbie
Spirit, ghost
Jump up
Dance to calypso
jus dey
Just there. Very near. Not far away.
jus now
In a little while, wait a minute. Just a little longer in time.
Jus so
Just like that?

K

Kaba-Kaba
Badly dressed. Dishevelled. Looking 'anyhow'
Ketch
Catch
Ketch A Vaps
To behave in a suddenly unexplicable or unexpected manner
Ketchin
Present continous of ketch
Kick and Stab
Shoes with very pointed toes.
Kicksin
Fooling around, having fun, being a source of amusement.
Klim
Any brand of powdered milk.
Knock About
Constantly on the move, looking for different ways to pass the time of the day.
Knockin Dog
Common place, cheap. Copious amount of anything. In full season, plentiful, a glut.

L

Leh
Let, let's
Leh Go
Let go of
Leh We
Let us
Lick Dong
To hit someone or something Doh lemme lick dong yuh mudda so and so
Lickrish
Greedy for food
Licks
To get beat-up, a beating
Like Bush
Plenty of something
Lil Bit
A small amount
Lime
To hang out in a group .
Long Eye
Envious of the possessions of others
Look nuh
An expression of annoyance
Low Fence
Someone always being taken advantage of. Easy to walk over

M

Maco
A person who minds other people's business for the purpose of gossip. d neighbour does only maco meh
Macocious
A person having the trait of a maco
Maga
Very thin, skinny check da lil maga bones dey
Mama Man
Male homosexual
Mama Yo!
Expression denoting shock and surprise
Mamaguy
To make fun of, to ridicule
Man
Added to the end of any sentence for emphasis Daz real good man
Maracas
The most beautiful beach in Trinidad, high waves, great scenery.
Mas
Carnival
Matter fix
Everything is well organized.
Meh hand slip
An expression used when too much of an ingredient is used
Moco Jumbie
Very tall ghost, spirit. Usually portrayed by a costumed man on stilts
Mooma
Mother yuh feel u is meh mumma or wha
Morish
Something tasty that leads you to eat more.
Mosquito Drumstick
Very thin legs
Mout'er
A boaster.
Much Up
To pamper, to butter up.

N

Nah
No Nah Jed
Never See Come See
Someone who has recently been exposed to something new and who overdoes it to ridiculous proportions
Ning Ning
Tired Eyes
Nowherian
A person who does not have any fixed place of abode.

O

Obeah
A form of witchcraft, voodoo, evil, etc used to cause harm to others Ah goin by d obeah man to wuk summin in he skin ◊ A form of religious belief practiced in some parts of the West Indies, Jamaica
Obzokee
Awkward in appearance, anything bent or twisted out of shape
Ochro
Plant whose green pods are much used for soups, stews, or pickles; gumbo
Oh Geed
An expression used when an offensive smell arises, Eww
Oh Shims Man
Expression denoting shock, surprise,indignation admiration.
Ole Talk
Idle chatter, social chit-chat
One set ah
A lot of anything
One time
Immediately.

P

Padnah
Trini for "homeboy" used by older Trini males.
Pallet
Frozen lolly
Papa yo!
Exclamation of surprise
Parang
Music played during Christmas time. Parang has a lot of Spanish influences
Parlour
Little cafeteria where snacks and drinks can be bought
Pesh
Money
Piarco
The international airport in Trinidad
Picong
To insult in a jesting manner
Pissin' Tail
A person of no class or importance
Planasse
To hit someone continuously with the flat part of a cutlass
Pong
Pound
PoPo
Very small child, baby.
Pothound
Mongrel dog of no specific breed, usually a stray.
Prim-Prim
Disgustingly proper and formal.
Puncheon
Homemade rum of very high potency

Q

Qualed Up
Withered, dried up.
Queff
Nattily dressed. To wear clothes with a theatrical.
Quenk
Wild pig or an irritating person

R

Rab
Obnixious person, uncouth, Member of the rabble
Rag Up
To verbally insult and/or make a fool of someone. He rag up d lil girl wee
RagaDang
Broken down, on the brink of decaence. That raggadang car yuh have dey Syn: RaggaDang
Rain Must Fall
Said when any long-outstanding thing is done.
Rake and Scrape
To take on any and everything - whether person or job, regardless of value.
Ram Cram
Packed to capacity. Cannot stick a pin. Like sardines in a can.
Ramsack
To search through every part of, to search for plunder, Chaotic condition.
Ratch
To arrive at an answer or end result using dishonest or dubious means.
Road March
Most popular calypso played during the carnival festivities.
Roti
East Indian dish made with flat baked dough resembling a tortilla filled with curried beef, chicken, goat, shrimp or other meat with potatoes, onions, tomato and spices.
Rude
"Nasty", sexually explicit Rude Boy
Rumfle
Ruffled or wrinkled

S

Saga Boy
Flashy dresser. Dandy. To walk with a stylish gait.
Saga Girl
Flashy dresser. Dandy. To walk with a stylish gait.
Sampat
One person being beaten by several.
Sapat
Chunky wooden clog with a canvas or discarded tyre upper.
Schupidee
Stupid person.
Scope Out
Check out, assess a situation.
Scrunt
Down and out. Penniless. Scrunting. On the scrunt.
Set Ah
Lots of
Sewine
Porridge-like mixture of rasins, noodles, milk etc, consumed at the Eid-Ul-Fitr festival.
Shim
An effeminate man or a masculine woman.
Shoes Laughing
Shoes bursting open, toes exposed, soles leaving the uppers.
Shut
Shirt
Skettel
Ugly woman or woman of loose morals.
Smart Man
One who tries clever schemes to arrive at a result.
Soca
Soul-Calypso, the modern version of calypso music. Hardcore political satire, scandals, sexual double entendre and comedy, wrapped up in dance music with an African beat and heavy baseline.
Soot
Cat call. Cheap or rude call at a person, particularly a woman.
Sprangalang
To be deliberately contrary.
Stand Pipe
Public supply of water, located on the side of the street.
Steups
Suck teeth. A sound of annoyance, contempt.
Storm
To gate-crash any paying function.
Suck Salt
Hard times.
Sucuyant
A Trini vampire that sheds it's human skin and flies at night as a ball of fire, sucking the blood of it's victims while they sleep.
Sweet drink
term used for soft drink, soda, pop.
Sweet Eye
To wink at someone saucily.
Sweet Man
A man who is kept by a woman.
Sweet Mouth
To have a preference for the choicest cuts. A sweet talker.
Sweetie
Any confectionery.
Swell Up Yuh Face
To look angry.

T

T.T.
Trinidad currency, as in "Does this cost $1.00 T.T. or $1.00 U.S.?"
Tabanka
The forlorn feeling that one gets when a love affair is over.
Tot Tots
Female Breasts

U

Nothing found.

V

Vaps
To behave in a suddenly unexplicable or unexpected manner like yuh ketch ah vaps or wuh
Vex
Angry.

W

Waltz in
To enter with airs, or enter uninvited.
Wine
A sexually suggestive dance using winding hip movements that can make the hula look tame, usually done to soca music.

X

Nothing found.

Y

Yang-Key
Trini pronunciation (Yankee) An American
Yuh faddah is ah glassmaker?
You are blocking my view.

Z

Zug up
A rough and uneven cutting of anything.
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