Jamaican Language Dictionary K - Q

RAATID!: a common mild expletive of surprise or vexation, as in "to raatid!".  It is likely a polite permutation of "ras", a la "gosh" or "heck". 
RAM : full up 
RAM GOAT : slang for someone who deals with nuff ladies 
RANKING: highly respected 
RAS or RASS: backside, rump; a common curse is to rass! or rass clot! a title used by Rastafarians meaning "lord" or "head" . 
(TO) RAAS: "really?", "damn!" 
RASTA, RASTAFARIAN: a follower of Marcus Garvey who worships the Almighty in the person of haile Selassie 
RAT-BAT: bat, the night-flying rodent. 
RATCHET: a switchblade knife popular in Jamaica 
RED: 1. very high on herb 2. mulatto color 
RED EYE: to want another persons belonging, envious. "You too red eye": meaning, you're too envious. 
RAHTID: expression of surprise, or to be enraged. From biblical"wrothed"
RENK: 1. foul-smelling, raw-smelling; 2. out of order, impudent, as in a rank-imposter. "Yu too renk!".
RHAATID: a curse-exclamation, similar to "what the hell" 
RHYGIN: adj. spirited, vigorous, lively, passionate with great vitality and force; also sexually provocative and aggressive. Probably a form of English raging. 
RIZZLA: brand of rolling paper. 
ROCKERS: reggae music reggae music as it is played today, the latest sound 
ROOTS: 1. derived from the experience of the common people, natural indigenous; 2. a greeting; 3. name for a fellow Rasta 
ROTI: flat Indian pan breads. 
ROYAL, (RIAL): n. offspring of some other race and black, ass in "Chiney-Rial," "coolie-rial"; humorous as in "monkey-rial" 
RUDE BOY: a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy 
RUN-DUNG: food cooked in coconut juice, obtained after grating the dry coconut meat and squeezing it in water, thus extracting the coconut cream. 
RUNNING BELLY:  diarrhea 
RYAL: royal. 

SAL'TING: 1. dishes cooked with saltfish or meat; 2. that part of the meal which is served with the "food" (starchy food, ground food); 3. by some strange extension, the female organ, often 
  simply called "sal". 
SALT: adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food, as in "tings salt" or "i' salt". 
SAMBO: the colour between brown and black; someone who is a cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black. 
SAMFAI MAN: trickster, conman. 
SHAMPATA: n. sandal of wood or tire rubber. Span. zapato 
SANFI : A manipulator - dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you: out of love and money. "Dam Sanfi Bitch". 
SANKEY: n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone, sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist 
SATA: to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise. 
SATTA: sit, rest, meditate relax 
(GO) SATTA:  claim how spiritual you are 
SCIENCE: obeah, witchcraft 
SCIENTIST: occult practitioner 
SCOUT: denoting inferior status 
SCREECHIE: to sneak by 
SCREW: to scowl, to be angry 
SEEN: I understand, I agree 
SEEN?: Do you understand? 
SHAG: home-cured tobacco, straight from the field. 
SHAKE OUT: leave without haste, casually 
SHEG (UP): verb, to bother, as in "all sheg up", all hot and bothered, or or spoiled up (as of work). 
SHEG-UP: to be messed up, ruined 
SHEPHERD: n. leader of revivalist cult; also proprietor of balmyard, healer and prophet 
SHOOB: to shove. 
SIDUNG: sit down 
SIGHT?: do you understand? 
SINKL-BIBLE: the aloevera plant. 
SINSEMILLA, SENSIE: popular, potent, seedless, unpollinated female strain of marijuana 
SINTING: something. 
SIPPLE: slippery; slimy. 
SISTER, SISTREN: a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians 
SITTIN': something. 
SKANK: to dance to reggae music to move with cunning, ulterior motives 
SKIL: kiln, as in "limeskil". 
SKIN: rolling paper 
SLABBA-SLABBA: big and fat, slobby, droopy. 
SLACKNESS: lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing 
SMADI: somebody. 
SO-SO: only, solely, unaccompanied. weak, pallid 
SOFT: not well done, amateurish; unable to cope broke, no money 
SOUNDBWOY: usually a derogatory way to refer to the selecter or other personality in another sound system. This term is most often employed in clashes, on dub plates built for clashes, and so on. Sometimes it is not used in such a negative manner, but most of the time one refers to the someone in the crew as a soundman, not a boy. 
SPLIFF: large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette 
SPRING: to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible. 
STAR: common term of affection, camaraderie 
STEP: to leave, to depart briskly, quickly 
STOOSH/STOSHUS: upper class, high tone, "hitey-titey". 
STRING UP: a muscial rehearsal 
STRUCTURE: body, health 
SU-SU: gossip, the sound of wispering. 
SUFFERER: a poor person stuggling to survive 
SUPM, SINTING: something 
TACK: bullet 
TACUMAH: n. character in Anancy tales. Said to be the son of Anancy. Twin'ticuma 
TAKARI/TANKARI: stewed spicy pumpkin. 
TALL: long 
TALLOWAH: adj. sturdy, strong, fearless, physically capable. From Ewe talala 
TAM: deep woolen hat, used by Dreads to cover their locks 
TAMBRAN SWITCH: n. a flail made from the wiry branches of the Tamarind tree, braided and oiled. Effective and much feared in the hands of Babylon. 
TAN': to stand; usually used in the sense of "to be". "A so im tan", "that is what he is like"; 
 "tan deh!" or "yu tan deh!" means "just you wait!". "Tan tedy", stand steady, means "hold still". 
TARRA-WARRA: a polite way of expressing omitted bad words, a verbal asterisk. 
TATA: n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an old man. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N'gombe 
TATU: a little thatched hut, often made of bamboo. 
TEETH: bullets 
TEIF: a theif, to steal 
THE I : (pron.) -you, yourself, yours 
THRU' : because 
TOAST : (v.) - to rap or sing spontaneously over a dub track 
TOTO: coconut cake. 
TOPANORIS: uptown snobby person. 
TRACE: to curse or speak abusively to someone. 
TRANSPORT: vehicle 
TUMPA: from stump, as in "tumpa-foot man", a one-foot man. 
TUNTI: female organ. 
UNO/UNU: you-all. pron. you, plural. In usage close to Afro-American y'awl. From Ibo unu, same meaning 
UPFUL: postitive, encouraging 
UPHILL: positive, righteous 
UPTOWN: the upper classes 
VANK: (v.) - to vanquish, conquer 
VEX: to get angry 
WA DAY: adverbial phrase, the other day. 
WA MEK?: why? 
WHAFEDOO : we'll have to (make) do or we'll have to deal with it 
WAKL: wattle, a kind of woven bamboo work used to make house walls. 
WANGA-GUT: hungry-belly. 
WARRA-WARRA: politely omitted bad words, same as "tarra-warra". 
WENCHMAN : a kind of fish, "hail brother john, have you any wenchman?" (from "Row Fisherman Row"). 
WH'APPEN?: what's happening? 
WHATLEF: What's left over 
WHEELS: vehicle 
WHOLE HEAP: a lot 
WINE: "wine" appears in every West Indian dialect, and is literally a corruption of "wind." It means to dance, sometimes seductively. 
WINJY: thin and sickly looking. 
WIS: vine, liana, from withe. 
WOLF: a non-rasta deadlocks 
WOOD: penis. 
YA NO SEE IT?: you know? 
YA: hear, or here. 
YABBA: a big clay pot. 
YAGA YAGA: Dancehall slang. a way to big up a brethren; to express a greeting or attract attention, i.e. yo! or yush! true friend; bonafide; brethren. 
YAHSO: here (place) 
YAI: eye. 
YARD: home, one's gates tenement 
YOUTH: a child, a young man, an immature man 
YUSH: Yush talk is bad boy talk. Or it can be a way of saying "YO". In other words it is a way for rude boys to hail each other up. 
ZION: Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land 
ZUNGU PAN: zinc pan. 

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