[pat-wah, pah-twah; French pa-twa] /ˈpæt wɑ, ˈpɑ twɑ; French paˈtwa/
noun, plural patois
[pat-wahz, pah-twahz; French pa-twa] /ˈpæt wɑz, ˈpɑ twɑz; French paˈtwa/ (Show IPA)
a regional form of a language, especially of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language.
a rural or provincial form of speech.
jargon; cant; argot.
/ˈpætwɑː; French patwa/
noun (pl) patois (ˈpætwɑːz; French) (patwa)
an unwritten regional dialect of a language, esp of French, usually considered substandard
the jargon of particular group
“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.
adjective phrase Abstaining from liquor; teetotal, at least temporarily: Monty didn’t drink, and Clifton James went on the wagon [1904+; first attested as on the water cart in 1902]
noun sweetheart Word Origin perhaps corruption of potato Usage Note slang, often used with ‘sweet’ n. “sweetheart, pretty girl,” colloquial American English, 1921, perhaps a corruption of potato (c.f. sweet potato). Sweet patootie is recorded from 1919 as a generic exclamation. n,n phr [1921+; perhaps fr a play on sweet potato suggested by sweetheart and […]
[pat-uh s; Portuguese pah-too s] /ˈpæt əs; Portuguese ˈpɑ tʊs/ noun 1. La·go·a dos [luh-gaw-uh doo s] /ləˈgɔ ə dʊs/ (Show IPA) a lagoon on the Atlantic Coast in SE Brazil: Pôrto Alegre is on the lagoon. About 150 miles (240 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) wide. payment at time of service
1. variant of before a vowel.