in some parts of the S U.S., a sluggish, marshy inlet or outlet of a lake, river, etc.
Origin of bayouAmerican French from Choctaw bayuk, small stream
- A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
- A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
Origin of bayouLouisiana French bayouque, bayou ultimately (probably via Mobilian Jargon, a pidgin based on Choctaw and Chickasaw used along the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico from colonial times until the 1900s) from Choctaw bayuk creek, river forming part of a delta
- Used almost exclusively to refer to bodies of water in Louisiana and the adjoining areas, including southern Mississippi, eastern Texas, and Arkansas.
Cajun French bayou, from Choctaw bayuk (“creek”).