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—Trinidad Words


TnT Dictionary

Bacchanal - party atmosphere; arguments, confusion e.g. "If dey find out, it will be rel bacchanal."

Back chat - a rude response e.g. "Doh give meh no back chat now, yuh hear!"

Badjohn - a bully; a person who thinks they're really "bad"

Bath suit - swim suit

Band (Carnival) - a Carnival band refers to a group of masqueraders who are wearing the same costumes, or costumes based on the same theme.

Biscuit - cookie, cracker

Bobolee - a person who gets taken advantage of

Bobolize - to bully someone

Boof / buff - to scold

Buss - to burst; to be a flop e.g. "Shux dred, dat party was rel buss."

Buss it - to leave e.g. "Well when I see dat, I buss it!"


Chips - French Fries e.g. "May I have some chips, please?"

Chutney - a type of music indigenous to Trinidad, which evolved from Indian music

Commesse - confusion, conflict

Cunumunu - a foolish person


Dingolay - to dance in a joyful, carefree manner

Dotish - silly, stupid e.g "Don't act dotish nah!"

Doux-doux - sweetie, sweetheart e.g. "Don't mind dat, doux-doux."

Dred - friend (see also hoss, padna); cool e.g. "Dat movie was dred, eh dred?"


Fella - a fellow, a boy, a guy e.g. "Way! Check dat fella!"

Fete - party

Fuh real? - really? Is that so?


Gyul - girl


Horn - to cheat on a boyfriend of girlfriend

Hoss - a close friend


In truth - for real, that's right e.g. "That test was so hard!" Reply: "In truth!"


Lagniappe - a little extra, a bonus

Lil - little

Lime - to hang out in a casual atmosphere e.g. "I feeling to lime."


Maco - someone who minds other people's business! e.g. "Wha yuh macoing so for?"

Make style - to show off

Mamaguy - to make fun of, to fool

Mas - used to refer to Carnival; to play mas - to masquerade


Obeah - black magic, voodoo

Obzokee - unpleasant, out of place

Ole talk - chit-chat, light-hearted chatter e.g. "We was just ole talking dey."

One time - right now, immediately e.g. "De gyul was rel angry so I buss it one time."


Padna - (from "partner") a close friend, buddy

Parang - music played during Christmas time. Parang has a lot of Spanish influences.

Patois - local dialect

Picker - thorns e.g. "Doh touch dat rose bush. It have rel pickers."

Picong - to insult in a jesting manner

Pong - pound e.g. "Gih meh two pongs of tomatoes dey tantie."

Poohar - see dotish

Pot hound / pot hong - a mixed dog; sometimes used as an insult e.g. yuh lazy pothound!


Saga boy / star boy - a male who likes to "make style"; a male who is cool

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!"

Soca - a type of music indigenous to TnT, derived from "soul calypso"

Soucouyant - from old ghost stories, an old woman who turns herself into a ball of fire and suck's people's blood

Sweet 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

Sweetie - a sweet, candy


Tabanca - the feeling of hurt and pain when a close relationship ends e.g. "Leave him alone hoss, he gyul leave him. He have rel tabanca."

Tantie - auntie

Tong - town e.g. "I went to tong today."

Toutoulbay - a gullible person


Vex - angry, upset


Whas de scene? - What's up? e.g. Ay padna, whas de scene?

Wine - to gyrate, to rotate hips in a suggestive manner.



Published:Mar 4th 2013
Modified:Mar 6th 2013

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