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Variant of Patwa.
n. pl. pat·ois (păt′wäz′, pă-twä′)
a. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
b. Nonstandard speech.
2. The special jargon of a group; cant.
[French, from Old French, incomprehensible or crude speech, local dialect, from patoier, to gesticulate (like one unable to speak), speak crudely, from pate, paw, from Vulgar Latin *patta, probably originally imitative of the sound of one object striking another, such as the footfall of an animal.]
patois(ˈpætwɑː; French patwa)
n, pl patois (ˈpætwɑːz; French patwa)
1. (Linguistics) an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
2. (Linguistics) the jargon of particular group
[C17: from Old French: rustic speech, perhaps from patoier to handle awkwardly, from patte paw]
pat•ois(ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ, pæˈtwɑ)
n., pl. pat•ois (ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz, pæˈtwɑz)
1. a regional form of a language, esp. of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
2. a rural or provincial form of speech.
3. jargon; cant; argot.
[1635–45; < French; akin to Old French patoier to handle clumsily, derivative of pate paw]
A regional dialect, or a jargon belonging to a particular group of people.
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|Noun||1.||patois - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
swiz - British slang for a swindle
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
fuck, fucking, nookie, nooky, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, shtup, ass, shag, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
|2.||patois - a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard|
French - the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form: