made, illegal, alcoholic beverage (mountain dew, moonshine) which in Trinidad can be made of just about anything organic.
Bacchanal.....Scandal, heavy quarreling, big party, confusion
Back.....A suggestive dance performed with the male dancer's front rubbing against the female's rear, and vice versa
Back chat.....Insolent response, especially from a child to an adult
Pay .... Money owing to union workers that they have been negotiating for a very long time.
eye (cut-eye).....A look of anger, especially when looking from
the corner of the eye
bully or a really tough customer
Bam bam.....Also Boom-boom, boomsie, bamsie, bam-a-lam,
background, backside, behind, ass, bottom / butt
Bamsee.....The rear end, what you sit on
Bam-se Lambe.....Rather attractive
Band*.....A group of Carnival masqueraders with costumes designed on a related theme.
A band can have 4,000-7,000 people divided into 25 or more sections, each with it's own theme and several music trucks. Each
band has a huge King and Queen costume. Carnival Tuesday will see about 20 large bands go across the savannah stage and parade
in the streets in competition.
Bath suit.....swim suit
battin ..... The act of throwing
back one's head while holding a drink at one's mouth so as to finish it in a single attempt
(Bawling).....To cry, yell or howl
Bazodee ........ A state of dizziness or confusion, typically
caused by members of the opposite sex
BeeWee.....(BWIA) British West Indian Airways, the
national airline of Trinidad and Tobago now Caribbean Airlines (since Jan 1st,2007) after 66 years in the air as BWEE with
a flawless accident record.
the same thing (style) as one's person
Beppin ...... he art of puking the ten dollar tequila
shots (that went down real good) and our brains at the same time, outside of Nuts or in Pelos Bathroom. OR To fall asleep
while traveling OR The action of hitting the glass, seat or person next to your during sleep while travelling
...... A stupid person
Bobolize.....to bully someone
pushy person, unreasonably demanding
Bonafide ...... Somone's Steady Girl/Boyfriend
Boof/buff.....To insult, yell at or argue with someone
Denied entry to a party/fete OR a girl/boy blanking a boy/girl OR prepare oneself for a bad news
...... slang for "brother" or "Breddren" Broughtupsy.....Showing that a person was properly brought up
Broughtupsy.....Showing that a person was properly brought up, decorum
wait nah.....But wait a minute, now hold on/it
Buh aye aye......But wait a minute,
now hold on/it
Bull .... another word for sexual intercourse
or bullerman... another word for a faggit or a gay man/homosexual
Buss.....to burst; to be a flop e.g. "Dred, dat party rel buss."
Buss it.....to leave e.g. "Well when I see dat, I buss it!"
Up Shut.....(Pharata) See Roti, Shredded roti skin, resembling a "bust up shirt"
to the Flesh" A pre-Lenten festival started by Catholics to get in one last party before giving up wine, women and song
for 40 days during Lent. Preparations and partying in Trinidad start in January and build up to Jouvay (Monday) and Mardi
Gras (Fat Tuesday) ending at midnite just before Ash Wednesday in mid-February. Costume bands in street Carnival, steelband
competitions, Calypso contests, parties, dances and Kiddie Carnival all come together for Carnival. Rio and New Orleans carnivals
are bigger and better known, Trinidad's is best.
Callaloo.....A thick soup made from dasheen
leaves, ochroes,coconut milk, seasoned to taste, invariably includes crab
musical and lyrical comment on any subject, usually composed for, but not limited to, the Carnival season
who sings calypsoes
Cheups (Steups).....A noise made by sucking your teeth
tiny portions of anything
Chips.....French Fries e.g. "May I have some chips, please?"
Chookaloonks..... pet name of your special someone
Chupidee.....A foolish person
Chutney ...... a spicy East
Indian condiment made from half-ripe mangoes, tamarind, coconut, cucumbers usually in the form of a sauce.
type of music indigenous to Trinidad, which evolved from Indian music, a catchy and rhythmic East Indian fete music conducive
to wining (see wining) your bamsee (see bamsee).
Coast or Coasting ..... to show off something
Cockstand ..... erected Penis
or cocked eye
Commess(e) .....Confusion associated with arguments, gossip and slander
Coonoomoonoo.....(Cunumunu) Idiot, stupid person
..... tacky looking
Cosquelita ..... a girl with excessive makeup
Frog The most detested reptile on the island. Often poisonous, they are hated worse than snakes.
someone or something with a cleched fist
Da is you? .....Is that you?
Dan-dan.....Any sharp looking outfit
Dat good for yuh.....Serves
Day.....(Dey) Trini pronunciation
of They and There. "Ah hyar dey living dong by dey so." (I heard they're living down there). You may have heard
the old Calypso; "Hush your mouth, go away, Mama look a Boo Boo dey!" (there)
Gra..... (Dimarche Gras) The major show on Carnival Sunday night. Eight King and eight Queen of the bands costumes
(some 30 feet tall) compete on stage at Queen's Park Savannah to be named King and Queen of Carnival. The eight top singers
compete to be crowned the Calypso Monarch.
Dingolay.....to dance in a joyful, carefree manner
Dong.....Trini pronunciation Down
Doo doo*.....(Doux doux) Sweetheart often used with darling, as in "do do dahlin"
Dotish.....Silly, stupid, foolish and dumb
popular East Indian fast food made from curried chickpeas and bara (fried dough) Usually served with chutney on top.
Dougla.....Mixture of East Indians and African parentage
(see also hoss, padna); cool e.g. "Dat movie was dred, eh dred?"
person who likes to "knock about"
did you say?
Eh Easy .... Not easy, difficult
no way, oh no
Eh-heh.....Oh really? I understand. Yes
.... How something like a situation finished or turned out
Ent? .....Is that not so? That's true, isn't it?
style singing of extemporaneous calypso songs
Fall out.....To stop speaking with someone or to terminate
Fed up.....The state of
being frustrated, tired or bored
Fella.....a fellow, a boy, a guy e.g. "Way! Check
Fete.....A party, loud music, lots to eat and drink, dancing to wee hours
of the morning
Flim.....Film - Movie as in "Meh fav'rite flim star Clint Eastwood;
he a ral badjohn in trut, y'know!"
Founkie (foong-key).....Foul-smelling, stink odour
Fresh Water Yankee.....A Trini who goes to America and comes back acting and talking Yankee
(Originally someone acting Yankee without even going overseas, or crossing salt water).
.....really? Is that so? e.g You fuh real Dred? (Are you serious?)
Fuh true/troot? .....Yes
that is true. Is that really so?
who appears to be going out of their mind,acting strangely
Gun talk.....Fighting words,
to threaten verbally
of disgust when in the presence of something nasty. e.g OH GEED ot OH GYAD
Hair she.....(Hear she) Also Hair
he I'm quoting her (him) as in "I ask she 'But why you late?' Hair she, 'You is meh mudder?' "
pester or bother someone
Hole it Dong
(Hold it down).....To announce to someone to take care.
Hototo or hotoetoe.....A very large
amount of anything
Hoggish.....Rude, crude, mean; the behavior of a thug, gangster
Horn.....what you receive when your significant other is seeing someone else behind your back
Horner man/woman.....the man/ woman your significant other is horning you with.
close friend e.g Wah happen Hoss? (How are are you my friend?)
Hut*.....Trini pronunciation Hurt
Icenin' ...Icing on a cake
eh payin' tax fuh mih mout'.....I could say anything I want
In ting.....To be involved
in current activity
In Trut (In truth).....For real, no lie e.g. "That test was so
hard!" Reply: "In truth!"
Is so? .....Is that so?
Pot ... pot made out of iron - famous for making pelau, stews and curry meats - seen at homes and river limes
Izatrini.....(I am/is a Trinibagonian) To profess ones nationality (Trinidadian or Tobagonian) proudly and without reservation
Jab.....A type of Carnival devil costume; jabs people with his fork and demands money from passersby.
loose woman, prostitute. also Wajang (wah-jang) or Wabean (wah-bean)
for any reason where an outburst is appropriate
Jook.....To stab at anything
Joo-vay.....(Jouvay, Jour Ouvert, J'Ouvert) "Opening of Day" in French, Carnival Mas beginning
before dawn on Carnival Monday wearing costumes of mud, old clothes (Ole Mas), devil costumes or satirical themes.
Jus'now.....In a little while
Jus'so? ....Just like that?
Jus'so .....Out of the blue, totally
unexpected Ja`litre......2 litres of any soft drink / Soda
brand of powdered milk but all everyone calls any brand Klim
little extra, a bonus (the last child born many years after his/her siblings)
Las' Lap (Last
Lap) Last minute street partying on Carnival Tuesday which goes until midnite when Ash Wednesday begins. The very last of
Leave.....Trini syntax Left "Me eh see she again, she leave de fete long
Lef dat.....Leave that
Leh go.....Let go
Leh we.....Let us
dong....To accidentally hit someone or something
Licks.....A beating, physical punishment
Like t'ing.....To be somewhat mischievous
small meaningless portions
Lime.....to hang out in a casual atmosphere, loafing e.g. "I
feeling to lime."
pre-arranged activity(hangin out)
Long eye.....A person who
is envious of the possessions of others
Look nuh! .....An expression of annoyance
person who minds other people's business for the purpose of gossip. e.g. "Wha yuh macoing so for?"
Macco Meter..... Check the degree to which a person mind other people's business
person having the trait of a maco
Make Style.....Show off as in "Eh-eh, but I find
she only makin' style on people!"
Maga.....Very thin, skinny
make fun of, to ridicule
Mama Yo! .....Expression denoting shock and surprise
Mama Poule .....A weakling, someone who can be taken advantage of
Maracas Bay.....The most beautiful beach in Trinidad, high waves, great scenery.
Mass*.....(Mas) Carnival costumes, or playing mas, street revelry in carnival costume.
Matter Fix.....Everything is well organized
Meh (My) ....."Gi'
me de ting when you come to meh house, pahtnah."
Mih han' slip.....An expression used
when too much of an ingredient is used
Mo-Vay-Lang.....French for "Bad tongue"
(Mauvais Langue) To bad talk someone, or engage in nasty gossip
Moco Jumbie..... Stilt dancers,
an African tradition carried over to Trini carnival Their costumes represent jumbies, or spirits, of African mythology, in
Haiti the word jumbie was corrupted to zombie
Much up.....To pamper, to butter up
Mud Band.....A J'Ouvert mas where band members cover their bodies in mud from head to toe
Nastiness.....An expression of disgust applied to a good-for-nothing person
see come see.....Someone who has recently been exposed to something new and who overdoes it to ridiculous proportions
Ning ning.....Tired eyes
Now fuh now.....Instantly
Nowherian.....A person who does not have any fixed place of abode
Obeah....black magic, voodoo
Obzokee.....Awkward in appearance, anything bent or twisted out of shape
geed! .....An expression used when an offensive smell arises
OH gosh! .....Oh gorm
man!-Oh shimps man!
Ooooohh Koosh! .....These are all expressions denoting shock, surprise,indignation
Ol' talk.....Idle chatter, social chit-chat
set ah.....A lot of anything
Oui...... Yes e.g. It making hot oui!
One time.....right now, immediately e.g. "De gyul was rel angry so I buss it
band, invented in Trinidad in the 1930's, melodic percussion instruments made out of oil drums. One hundred piece steel orchestras
compete playing classical, soca, pop during Carnival.
Pahtnah.....(Partner, Padna) Trini
for "homeboy" used by older Trini males
Palance....pal·an·ce Pronunciation: \ˈpəl-ann-se\
Trinidadian dialect, from the East-West corridor vernacular; akin to Middle english 'wander'
Date: Late 2007
1. palancing (verb) - to wander in pursuit of a lime.
2. palancing (verb) - general term refers
to the action of aimlessly wandering anywhere
3. palancing (noun) -
name of popular song by Jason Williams and Blaze in the Trinidad
Definition courtesy Ken Sambury
yooo! .....Exclamation of surprise
Parang.....music played during Christmas time.
Parang has a lot of Spanish influences.
Piarco.....The international airport in Trinidad.
e.g. "Doh touch dat rose bush. It have rel pickers."
Picong.....to insult in a
Pissin' tail.....A person of no class or importance
hit someone continuously with the flat part of a
who pretends to be of a higher social strata than they are
Pong.....Pound, to have sex with
/ pound e.g. "Gih meh two pongs of tomatoes dey tantie."
Po-po.....Very small child, baby
Port of Spain.....Capitol
city of Trinidad and Tobago, located in northwest Trinidad.
Pot hound / pot hong.....a mixed
dog; sometimes used as an insult e.g. yuh lazy pothound!
Punannie.... A sweeet vagina
Quenk.....An irritating person
Qualey.....Withered, dried up
Raff.....To grab suddenly
Raise.....A gift of cash to a friend or relative
Reds.....a light skinned person of mixed or African descent
Road March.....Kind of Trinidad's song of the year, or best song of Carnival.
As the costume bands cross the stage in the Queen's Park Savannah, the song that most bands dance to is declared Road March
for the year, and wins a large cash prize.
Roti.....East Indian dish made with flat baked
dough resembling a tortilla filled with curried beef, chicken, goat, shrimp or other meat with potatoes, onions, tomato and
Rude*....."Nasty", sexually explicit
boy/girl.....Flashy dresser, dandy
yuh carcass.....Move over, get going
Shub.....Shove, move or cast aside
Schupid.....Trini pronunciation (Chupid) Stupid also Schupidness
Screw up yuh face.....to make a strange expression, usually when angry or
in disagreement of something e.g. "Look how she screwin up she face nah!"
Shyyt.... this is how de ole people used to say shit
the modern version of calypso music. Hardcore political satire, scandals, sexual double entendre and comedy, wrapped up in
dance music with an African beat and heavy baseline.
Soucouyant.....from old ghost stories,
an old woman who turns herself into a ball of fire and suck's people's blood
a person or group keeps back progress on something important. eg. Man u real stickin , hurry up !
Skin up yuh nose.....To turn up one's nose at anything
too bad.....really nice, pleasant, attractive e.g. "Dred, dat gyul eh play she sweet too bad!"
Sweet drink.....term used for soft drink, soda, pop
confectionary Sweee-drink....soft drink/soda or a gesture nickname like babes or darling
up yuh face.....To look angry, to pout
Tabanca.....The forlorn feeling one gets when a love affair
Tent*.....A calypso or soca concert featuring 20 singers and comedians. Started in
the 1800's in large military tents, now held in concert halls or stadiums.
The sun makin' hott.......the
atmosphere is hot
Tick.....Trini pronunciation (Thick) Overweight as in "He not ral
fat, he slim-tick!"
Tight.....Intoxicated, drunk, stoned
To waste time or stir up trouble
and Tobago, twin island nation six miles off the coast of Venezuela, South America
Too-bay-go..... Trini pronunciation (Tobago)
Female genitalia, also poom-poom, tun tun, powder puff, scizzors and nan
confused state,in a daze, also head over heels in love
Tong.....town e.g. "I went to tong today." or Thong - Ladies underware.
Toh-ty.....(Toti) Also ToTo Male genitalia
pronunciation (Trini) anything or anyone Trinidadian
Trinbago.....Short for Trinidad and Tobago
pronunciation (Through). A common query from a sales clerk is "Are you getting true?", meaning, "Are you getting
through" (finding what you want).
T.T.....Trinidad currency, as in "Does this
cost $5.00 T.T. or $5.00 U.S.?"
Vaps.....To suddenly behave excitedly or in a strange manner
Vibes it Up.....To keep in good spirits
Wah is de sceens? .....whats up?
roudy, uncouth person
Wais.....Trini pronunciation (Waist) The ability to wine "De
gyul only trowin ral good wais!"
Warap.....A very weak mixture
the French (Oui) Yes, as in "Eh eh, dat is ral good buss up shut, oui?"
.....An expression of disbelief
Wham now? .....what's up or how are you? It's considered
Whappen? .....What's the matter with you?
dey? .....What's happening
Whas de scene? .....What's up? e.g. Ay padna, whas de
Whey yuh say? .....What did you
Whole *.....All, as in "We been limin' whole day!"
.... The style of dancing to Soca, Calypso and Chutney... circular movement of the waist or Trini term for rolling your waist
line- looks very sexual
Wood ... slang for penis
Yampee.....Mucus, found in the corner of the eye
pronunciation (Yankee) An American
You an' all? .....You too?
so.....People like you
Yuh faddah head.....an expression of annoyance
Yuh faddah is a glassmaker? .....You are blocking my view.
Yuh look fuh
dat.....It's your own fault
Yuh makin' joke! .....You can't be serious!