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Pat·ois

 (păt′wä′, pă-twä′)
n.
Variant of Patwa.

pat·ois

 (păt′wä′, pă-twä′)
n. pl. pat·ois (păt′wäz′, pă-twä′)
1.
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]

patois

A regional dialect, or a jargon belonging to a particular group of people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
heist, rip-off - the act of stealing
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
nookie, nooky, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
hand job - slang for masturbation
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
gat, rod - a gangster's pistol
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
dreck, schlock, shlock - merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
soup-strainer, toothbrush - slang for a mustache
bunghole - vulgar slang for anus
bay window, potbelly, tummy, corporation, pot - slang for a paunch
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
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"
hooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense, stuff - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
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"
bunfight, bun-fight - (Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion
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)
white trash - (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
whitey - (slang) offensive names for a White man
slant-eye - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
Injun, red man, Redskin - (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
sheeny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
ginzo, greaseball, Guinea - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent
Jap, Nip - (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent
spic, spik - (ethnic slur) offensive term for persons of Latin American descent
Boche, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Hun - offensive term for a person of German descent
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
babe, sister, baby - (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
bad egg - (old-fashioned slang) a bad person
boffin - (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
good egg - (old-fashioned slang) a good person
guvnor - (British slang) boss
old man - (slang) boss
out-and-outer - someone who is excellent at something
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
dialect, idiom, accent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

patois

noun
1. dialect, vernacular In France patois was spoken in rural regions.
2. jargon, slang, vernacular, patter, cant, lingo (informal), argot people from the ghetto who speak street patois

patois

noun
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
2. Specialized expressions indigenous to a particular field, subject, trade, or subculture:
Translations

patois

[ˈpætwɑː] N (patois (pl)) → dialecto m, jerga f

patois

[ˈpætwɑː] n (= dialect) → patois m

patois

nMundart f
References in classic literature ?
Their language is of the same piebald character, being a French patois, embroidered with Indian and English words and phrases.
GoGwilt's reading of his texts is illuminatingly alert to their complex linguistic formations: Conrad, the Pole, whose second language was French, and who first learned English in the maritime pidgin spoken by the polyglot crews of the ships in which he sailed; Rhys, growing up with Creole English and French patois; Pramoedya, writing in bahasa Indonesia, the nationalist language formed in 1928 from the lingua franca of the bazaar, a shared medium for the different languages spoken in the Malay Archipelago--the site, as GoGwilt points out, of another form of creolization.
Language: English (official); some French Patois spoken.