Jamaican Language Dictionary K - Q

KALI; COOLY: the herb;
KALLALOO: a dark, green leafy vegetable, very nutritious and cheap. 
KASS KASS: n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally 
KATA: a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. 
KAYA: see ganja 
KETCH UP : grapple 
KEMPS: a little bit, a tiny piece, from skimps. 
KIN TEET : see kiss teet 
KISS ME NECK!: common exclamation of surprise. 
KISS TEET: to kiss one's teeth or to suck one's teeth is to make the very common hissing noise of disappoval, dislike, vexation or disappointment. 
KOUCHIE: bowl of a chalice or chillum pipe 
KRENG-KRENG: an old-fashioned meat rack, hung up high over the fire to catch the smoke. 
KU  : verb, look! 
KU DEH!: look there! 
KU PAN: look at. 
KU YA!: look here! 
KU YU : To say "Look at you." To the person you are refering to. 
KUMINA: n. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with ancestors. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an ancestor 
KYA: 1. to care; "donkya", don't care, careless; "no kya" means no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where he turns; 2. to carry
KYAAN: can't. 
KYAI: to carry. 
KYAN: can. 

LABA-LABA: to chat, gab; gossip. 
LABRISH: gossip, chit-chat. 
LAGGA HEAD:  Dumb acts as if you have no common sense. Stupid.: "yu dam Lagga head bud" 
LAMBSBREAD: a form of high-quality marijuana 
LARGE: respected 
LET OFF: pay out 
LEGGO BEAS' : wild, disorderly, like a let-go beast. 
LICK: To hit 
LICKY-LICKY: fawning, flattering, obsequious. 
LILLY BIT: little bit, tiny. 
LION: a righteous Dread a great soul 
LITTLE MORE: see you later 
(TOO) LIKKY-LIKKY : title given to those who like to eat any food they encounter , without discretion 
MAAMA MAN: a gay person, an effeminate man, a weakling 
MAAS: n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class origin; a respectful form of address to an older man; chill out, be by ones self for a while 
MACA: thorn, prickle. 
MADDA: mother 
MAFIA: big-time criminals 
MAGA DOG: mongrel 
MAGA: thin (from meagre) 
MAMPI: Fat or overweight 
MANACLES: chains 
MANNERS: under heavy discipline or punishment. for example when Kingston is under "heavy manners", they have a curfew or call out the army. 
MARINA: a man's undershirt, guernsey; a tank-top style. 
MAROON: n. free black warrior-communities which successfully resisted British hegemony during eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. From Spanish cimmaron- untamed, wild 
MASCOT: denoting inferior status 
MASH IT UP: a huge success 
MASH UP, MASH DOWN: destroy 
MASSIVE: respected, used with LARGE to add emphasis 
MATEY: mistress 
MEK WE: Let Us. 
MENELIK, RAS: n. Ethiopian nobleman who rallied his troops to resist Italian aggression. Defeated Italians at Adowa 1896 
MONKS: amongst. 
MORE TIME: see you later 
MR. MENTION:  Talk of the town, originally talk of the females signifying someone with many female conquests 
MR. T: the boss 
MUS MUS: a rat 
MY BABY MOTHER/FATHER: the mother/father of my child (1,6) 
MYAL: n. a form of benign magic oposed to Obeah, hence myalman. From Hursa maye-wizard, person of mystic power. 
NAGAH: n. pejorative for a black person 
NAGO: n. Yoruba person, practice or language. From Ewe anago-Yoruba person 
NAH: adv. will not. Emphatic as in "Me nah do that" 
NANA: midwife; nanny or nurse. 
NANNY GOAT:  "What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly" is a cautionary Jamaican proverb which translated means: What tastes good to a goat will ruin his belly.  In other words - the things that seem good to you now, can hurt you later... 
NASH: female genatalia 
NATTY CONGO: 1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks 
NAZARITE: Ancient Hebrew meaning to "separate", consecrated, set apart by choice and devotion NIYABINGHI: 1. "death to all black and white oppressors"; 2. East African warriors who resisted colonial domination; 3. large Rastafarian meeting and spiritual gathering; 4. referring to orthodox, traditional Rastas; 5. a variety of drumming 
NIYAMEN: name for Rastas referring to Niyabinghi warriors of East Africa
NO KYA: no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where he turns
NO TRUE?: isn't it so? 
NOTCH : Don or top ranking badman 
NUH: interrogative at end of sentence; literally, "Is it not so?" 
NYAM: to eat. 
(TOO) NYAMI-NYAMI : title given to those who like to eat any food they encounter, without discretion 
NYING'I-NYING'I: nagging, whining. 
O-DOKONO : boiled maize bread. 
OBEAH: traditional African "science", relating to matters of the spirit and spirits, spells, divinations, omens, extra-sensory knowledge, etc. 
OHT FI: about to, on the vergeof, as in "it hoht fi rain", it is about to rain, it looks like rain. 
ONE LOVE: a parting phrase, expression of unity 
ONE-ONE: adjective, one by one, thus any small amount. 
ONGLE: only. 
PAKI: calabash, gourd. 
PAPAA: pawpaw, or papaya melon. 
PATTAN: pattern, style and fashion 
PATU: owl. 
PAYAKA: heathen 
PYAKA: tricky or dishonest. 
PEEL-HEAD: bald-headed, usually certain chickens or vultures. 
PEENYWALLY: a kind of large fire fly, actually a type of flying beetle. 
PEER: avocado pear. 
PHENSIC: JA equivalent to Tylenol, Excedrin, etc. 
PICKY, PICKY HEAD : brush haircut 
PICKY-PICKY: 1. finicky or choosy; 2. Used of uncombed hair just starting to turn into dreadlocks. 
PIKNY: pickaninny, child. 
PINDA: peanut. 
PIRA: a low wooden stool. 
PITY-ME-LIKL: a type of very tiny red ant whose bite is so hot and long-lasting it resembles a sting. 
POCOMANIA, POCO: christian revival, distinct drum rhythm 
POLYTRICKS: politics (by Peter Tosh) 
POLYTRICKSTERS: politicians (by Peter Tosh) 
POPPY-SHOW: from puppet show, it is used in the idiom, tek smadi mek poppy-show, which means to make fun of someone or shame them, making them look ridiculous. 
PUM-PUM: a woman's genitals 
PUNAANI or PUNNI: a woman's genitals 
PUPPALICK: somersalt. 
PUSSY CLOT:  A curse word ref. to a woman's sanitary napkin. 
PUTTIN' AWAY: a preposition, meaning "except for", or "except". 
PYAA-PYAA: sickly, weak; feeble, of no account. 
PYU: from spew; verb used of running sores or anything similarly dripping or oozing. 
QUASHIE: n. peasant, country bumpkin, coarse and stupid person; racial pejorative generic term for blacks; originally Twi name of a boy born on a Sunday 
QUIPS: 1. nouns (from squips) a tiny piece or amount; 2. verb, the Jamaican art of washing clothes making a "squips-squips" sound. 

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