pidgin English


often capitalized P
: an English-based pidgin
especially : one originally used in parts of east Asia

Examples of pidgin English in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others railed against the slapstick antics and pidgin English of Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best), hyped as the first-ever CG main character in a live-action movie. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 11 May 2024 The phrase ‘chop time, no friend’ is in pidgin English, often plastered on busses in Ghana, Eazi tells Rolling Stone. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 18 July 2023 There are versions in local pidgin English, Hausa, Kanuri and Fulani. Reuters, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Chinese Pidgin English pidgin business

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pidgin English was in 1836

Dictionary Entries Near pidgin English

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“Pidgin English.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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