- a form of a language differing generally from the accepted standard, as a provincial or local dialect
- jargon (sense )
Origin of patoisFrench from OFr, uncultivated speech, akin to patoier, to shake paws, behave crudely from pate, paw, akin to Frankish an unverified form pauta from source paw
- a. A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.b. Nonstandard speech.
- The special jargon of a group; cant.
Origin of patoisFrench from Old French incomprehensible or crude speech, local dialect from patoier to gesticulate (like one unable to speak), speak crudely from pate paw from Vulgar Latin patta probably originally imitative of the sound of one object striking another, such as the footfall of an animal
Variant of Patwa
- A regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard.
- Any of various French or Occitan dialects spoken in France.
- Creole French in the Caribbean (especially in Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti).
- A Jamaican Creole language primarily based on English and African languages but also has influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
- Jargon or cant.
1635, from French patois (“regional dialect or language"). See patois.