Pidgin 101

Here are some examples of Pidgin that we use in Hawai`i. Try them out yourself and have some fun!


An Den
- what happened next, "And then".
Akamai
- Intelligent, smart
Brah / bruddah
-Similar to "Brother" or "pal" in slang. Example: "Eh, brah!"
Broke da mout'
-Delicious tasting.
Buggah
- This could be a guy, girl, or thing. Connotation could be a friend or pest, depending on the tone of voice and how the word is being used.
Bumbye
- later on.
Bussum Out
- I what some, share with me.
Check U'm Out
- Check it out
Chicken skin
-The bumps on your skin when you get the chills or an eerie feeling.
Da kine
-Versatile word used to replace words that can't be remembered or are unknown while you are speaking
Fo' What
- Why? How come? "For what".
Fo' Real
- Are you sure. "For real".
Garans
- Guaranteed.
Give 'um
- Go for it dude, try your hardest.
Grind
- To eat.
Grinds
- Good food.
Hana Hou
- One more time, do it again.
Hawaiian Time
- To be late.
Hele On
- Let's go, get moving.
Howzit
-"How are you?" , "How's it going", or "How have you been?"
Huhu
- Mad.
Kay Den
- Okay then, if that's the way you want it.
Like dis; like dat
- Like this or like that.
What Like Beef
- Do you want to fight.
Lolo
- Dumb, slow, crazy, does not make sense.
Lua
- Bathroom.
Moke
- Big, tough local.
Nevah
-Never.
Pau
- Finished.
Spahk
- Check it out.
Stink Eye
- A dirty look, like right before a fight.
Tita
- A very tough girl, a girl that thinks she's a guy.
Talk story
-Conversation at length.
Whaddsdascoops
- What 's the scoops? What's going on?


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