patois

[ pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa ]SEE DEFINITION OF patois

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Never a moment did that sublime spirit speak in their patois.

Walter Scott,” said he, “has run to death the method of patois dialogue.

He only spoke in the patois, which Frank understood very well.

There is no mistaking it; it is peculiar to Pont du Sable, and note, too, her patois!

Among Anglo-American hunters, it is called the panther—in their patois, “painter.”

For his benefit the Cape patois was promoted to the rank of a language.

Their language was a Spanish patois; their voices were sharp and disagreeable.

For there is a separate race, with its own patois, in Monaco.

The man spoke in patois French, the woman in her native Cree language.

It was the Spanish language, spoken in the patois of the Aztec Indians.

WORD ORIGIN

"a provincial dialect," 1640s, from French patois "native or local speech" (13c.), of uncertain origin, probably from Old French patoier "handle clumsily, to paw," from pate "a paw," from Vulgar Latin *patta (see patten), from notion of clumsy manner of speaking. Cf. French pataud "properly, a young dog with big paws, then an awkwardly built fellow" [Brachet]. Especially in reference to Jamaican English from 1934.

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