- 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.