Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language. Also called contact language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Business; affair; thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages

Etymologies

From Pidgin English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pidgin English, from a Chinese attempt to pronounce the English word business during trades in the Far East. (Wiktionary)

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  • im in ur langwidge
    braking ur grammar

    April 24, 2007