American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
- n. A creole.
- n. Nonstandard speech.
- n. The special jargon of a group; cant. See Synonyms at dialect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dialect peculiar to a district or locality, in use especially among the peasantry or uneducated classes; hence, a rustic, provincial, or barbarous form of speech.
- n. A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.
- n. Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France.
- n. Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago& Haiti).
- n. A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
- n. Jargon or cant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.
- n. a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
- n. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
- 1635, from French patois ("regional dialect or language"). See patois. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, possibly from pate, paw, from Vulgar Latin *patta, perhaps of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The posts included a headshot of an African-American teenager and fake “quotes” written in patois rife with words like “dis” and “dat.””
“(That this mighty maternal figure speaks a Yiddish patois is an unlooked-for bonus.)”
“Matt sang bouncy little ditties in Creole patois or Caribbean dialect.”
“Moving, he shouted in Malay patois, a dialect he and Tak had agreed upon for future communication, rather than a Chinese dialect which might be understood by the tanjian.”
“The mere fact that you know the word patois shows that you must be mighty well educated.”
“They spoke to me in patois, which I did not understand, and seemed surprised to see us all in our nightgowns, forgetting that we had little else to put on till they had brought the luggage.”
“A little later a small herd of cattle passed, driven to pasture by a stolid Alsatian, who replied to the soldiers 'questions in German patois and shrugged his heavy shoulders like a Frenchman.”
“To which the guides responded with local songs in German patois: _Mi Vater isch en Appenzeller ... aou ... aou_ ...”
“Below them, in Cajun patois, he painted the slogan”
“Although some of the patois is non-grammatical, I wanted to retain it because that’s the rhythm of the region and if anyone has visited Singapore and reads the story, I hope they’ll get a smile from George Chua.”
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Words formed in imitation of the sound of the things they signify.
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Talking about talking, writing about writing, etc.
I checked, because I wasn't sure, but these words were coined and entered into a dictionary before I thought them up.
words on words. yyep.
A selection of words from the epic by Victor Hugo
Discombobulating the illiterate since the middle of the last century.
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