Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
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.
Switch to new thesaurus
|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
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: