pidgin EnglishPidgin English
- a simplified form of English used by certain peoples of E Asia and the South Pacific in dealing with foreigners: there are two forms, Chinese pidgin and Melanesian pidgin, the former based on the syntax of Chinese, the latter on the syntax of certain aboriginal languages of Melanesia and N Australia
- any pidgin based on English
Origin of pidgin Englishsee pidgin
also pidgin English
Any of several pidgins based on English and now spoken mostly on the Pacific islands and in West Africa.
Origin of Pidgin EnglishAlteration of pigeon English, from Pidgin English pigeon, business, perhaps from a Chinese pronunciation of English business.