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  • na
    See NO. ...
  • nabel
    n. 1. [Atlantic; cf. US Black nabuh idem ESEA; /b, v/ alternation, now confined to a few words, was probably characteristic of an earlier stage ...
  • nabel-string
    [ Atlantic ; cf. OED navel-string idem →1846, now arch.] n. umbilical cord: 1966 (Otterbein 61). When ...
  • Nago
    See NANGO ...
  • nail: drive the nail into the butt
    [cf. OED drive to overwork (a person); to force (a nail) by blows] phr. to work (a person) hard: If they give you job as ...
  • nicky
    cf. SEA TINNICKY idem] n. a small beach crab (sp?). (Nassau) ...
  • no-taste
    [by analogy with NO-GOOD, NO-MANNERS, etc.] adj. insipid: 1974 [A story-teller] who shows no theatrical proclivity is fast accused of [telling a] "no-taste old story" ...
  • naked dance
    [cf. DAS a lewd dance or obscene performance (New Orleans); from its formerly being performed in the nude] n. an African-style RING-DANCE in which performers ...
  • naked-skin
    [Car.; cf. OED naked destitute of clothing (implying poverty and wretchedness)] adj. naked (as from poverty). (Nassau, Inagua) ...
  • naked-wood
    [DAE different sp. 1837→; from its seeming to lack bark] n. a tree: 1782 Naked-wood (most beautifully veined and marbled) (Bruce 45). 1905 Naked wood. ...
  • nalsada
    [etym] n. a small fish (sp?): If you ain't got codliver oil, they got something call nalsada they catch out to sea and fry the fat ...
  • name
    [Atlantic; by passivization] v. to be named: 1918 You must tell me what I name (Parsons 115). 1954 I name Nansi (Crowley 222). Long Cay ...
  • Names (place names)
    The names of many Bahamian islands and settlements go back hundreds of years and serve as reminders of earlier periods of the islands' history. The ...
  • Nassau
    [named after Nassau, a former duchy now part of Hesse, Germany; its Dutch line of rulers took the title of Prince of Orange and included ...
  • nam-sack
    (Cat); num-sack (Andros) [cf. nam-sack in Gul]. (Writers' Program 1940:15), DJE "blend of nam (cf. nambu field-bag. .. cf. Twi ε-nãm meat) and knapsack"; cf. ...
  • nana
    [also US Black (Stanley 1941:8) and Brit. child's word (Pye p.c.); from banana by aphesis] n. banana (child's word). (Black) ...
  • Nancy
    See ANANCY.   ...
  • Nago Nanga, N'onga, Nungo, Nago
     [Pan-Creole; cf. DJE Nanga, Nago a Yoruba negro, from Ewe anagó idem; also "term of contempt originally applied by Creole blacks to African-born slaves; now ...
  • Nango Town
    [cf. NANGO Yoruba, referring to settlers; the tribal name may have become generalized to include all liberated Africans] n. an area originally settled by NANGOS ...
  • Nansi, Nanza
    See ANANCY. ...
  • nary
    [US Black idem ESEA; OED, US and dial. (var. of ne'er a) neither; no; not (a)] negator. Not (one): 1936 I ain' had nary a ...
  • Nassau boy or girl, man
    etc. n. Nassauvian; inhabitant of Nassau: 1936 Wen Nassau man reach [to apply for a job], I-lun Mun man bin dere an' gone (Dupuch 15). (Gen.) ...
  • Nassau roach
    n. the small, one-inch cockroach, Blattella germanica, as opposed to the large DRUMMER ROACH. = AMERICAN ROACH, CHINESE ROACH, HITIAN ROACH (Black)   ...
  • Nassauvian
    /nasóhviyan/ (Gen.); /nasúwviyan/ (Eleu.) [from Nassau, by analogy with e.g. Peru, Peruvian] n. a native of Nassau: 1888 Nassauvian (Powles 195). ◊Nassauvian is considered acrolectal ...
  • Nassy, Nasty
    See ANANCY. ...
  • nastiness
    [W Car.; OED, moral foulness or impurity; grossness, obscenity] n. sexual perversion: They say the boys-dem do nastiness in that old shack-house (Nassau). (Black) ...
  • nasty days
    [OED nasty unclean, especially to a disgusting degree] n. period of menstruation. cf. FILTHY DAYS (Eleu.) ...
  • nation
    [Gul. idem (Writers' Program 1940:23); OED idem obs.→1762] n. a great number (especially of persons or animals): You got your own nation [many children] (Exuma). ...
  • native
    [OED, one born in a place; one of the original or usual inhabitants of a country, as dis-tinguished from strangers or foreigners; now esp. one ...
  • native bag
    [from its local manufacture] n. a large shopping bag with handles, made of broad strips of STRAW¹  loosely woven together. (Nassau, Exuma) ...
  • native cherry
    [from its resemblance to the north-ern cherry] n. the Barbados cherry, MaIpigliia glabra: 1946 (Morton 19). 1978 Native cherry jam (Higgs 148). = CHERRY, JAMAICA ...
  • native grits
    [from local production] n. yellow, coarsely hand-ground grits as opposed to the white, finely ground commercial variety. = ISLAND GRITS, RED GRITS, YELLOW GRITS (Black) ...
  • natural
    adj. 1. [W Car.; cf. Brit. dial. West natural entirely EDD ] entire; complete in itself: 1966 One natural head, it wasn't no person [of ...
  • natural pear
    [cf. FALSE PEAR the northern pear] n. the avocado. = PEAR (Eleu., Andros) ...
  • nature
    [OED, vital or physical powers; semen; menses obs. →1607] n. 1. [also Trin. (Winer p.c.), US Black DARE] sexual drive. cf. LOSS HE NATURE, NATURE ...
  • nature pills
    [cf. NATURE] n. sex stimulants: 1963 (Cottman 115). ...
  • needle
    [US slang idem DAS; OED the sharply pointed end of a hypodermic or other syringe] n. an injection of medicine: Doctor say, "Well, I have ...
  • negro
    [ED, of or belonging to, connected with, characteristic of etc. a negro or negroes] n. attributive, Obs. of the style used by black people: 1784 ...
  • negro fish
    [from its dark color?] n. Obs. a fish: 1731 Perca marina puncticulata . the Negro fish (Catesby 7). cf. NIGGER FISH ...
  • neither
    [Car.; OED idem q 513] conj. nor; or (followed by noun phrases as well as clauses); I don't like the entertainers, neither their type of ...
  • nelly
    [ evidently from PANELLY or CANELLY via aphesis] n. a swelling from a bump on the head. (Andros) ...
  • nervous
    [cf. W3 nerves nervous disorganization or collapse, influenced by nervous) n. a case of bad nerves: 1936 He got d' nervous so bad till he ...
  • nettle
    [OED, a plant noted for the stinging property of the leaf-hairs; cf. also nettle-fish a stinging jellyfish] n. a jellyfish, Medusa sp.: 1788 Among the ...
  • never
    [Atlantic, SA idem; cf. Indo-Portuguese "nunca (lit. never) , para denotar o preterito negativo" (Delgado 1900:42); cf. also Asian Port. Creole nokke save (from Port. ...
  • never-done food
    n. food said to be not ready as long as unwelcome visitors in hopes of an invitation to eat are reluctant to leave before the ...
  • New Guinea
    [cf. the Guinea Coast of West Africa, the principal source of slaves] n., Obs. name of a settlement of free blacks east of Nassau (modern ...
  • New Providence
    [see quot.] n. the island on which the Bahamian capital of Nassau is located: 1880 As far as is known, the first discoverer of the ...
  • news
    [by extension] n. gossip: Don't never take news from no one on your wife, because news cause me on this gallows (Crooked). cf. TAKE NEWS, ...
  • next
    /neks/ adj. 1. [Car; influenced by African usage: cf. Yoruba ékejì next, the other, the second of a pair DYL] other: 1940 A slice o' ...
  • next day eveing
    phr. on the evening of the next day: 1918 (Parsons 19). ...
  • Nicholls Town
    View a map [see quot.] n. a town in North Andros: 1945 The remnant of the black and coloured people who had served with Colonel ...
  • nicker
    (Eleu.); nickle (Mayag.) [cf. Scots nickle knuckle; to aim with a marble; nickler, nicker marble with which a boy aims CSD; cf. also Brit. dial. ...
  • nicker (bean)
    [DJE idem; OED, (seeds) identified with nicker, a marble] n. 1, a plant, Caesalpinia bonduc: 1889 (Gardner 375). = RED NICKER, YELLOW NICKER (Gen.) 2. ...
  • nicker vine
    [cf. NICKER (BEAN) I] n. a trailing plant (sp?) with reddish-yellow beans and hooked prickles. (Nassau, White) ...
  • nickly white
    See NIGLUM VITAE ...
  • narrow shad
    not in W3, but cf. W3 broad shad] n. a small fish (sp?) which lives in brackish ponds. (Andros, Adelaide) ...
  • nigger-fish
    [OED, W3 different sp.; DJE no sp.; probably from dark color] n. 1. a fish, Bodianus fulvus (punctatus): 1905 (Shattuck 306). (Inagua, White) 2. the ...
  • nigger(s') man
    [cf. US Black nigger lover a white person who associates with or who relates to black people on a human level—a white term originally offensive ...
  • nigger-whitey
    See NIGLUM VITAE. ...
  • niggerly
     [cf. NIGGER 4 + -ly forming adj. from n. as in manly; cf. niggerly niggardly in Brit. dial. OED and US dial. South WEA] adj. ...
  • night bat
    [W Car.; cf. BAT moth] n. a large moth (sp?) which is active at night: I scare of night-bat 'cause they could tangle up in ...
  • night gaulin
     [W Car.; cf. GAULIN heron] n. the black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nyeticorax: 1972 (Paterson 30). = CRAB CATCHER 1, GAULIN (Gen.)   ...
  • night rest
    [MCC idem; cf. Ibo ouchichi ozuike (lit, night rest) idem (Okolo p.c.)1 n. sleep: 1966 Let me take my night-rest till morning (Crowley 75). (Gen.) ...
  • night-walker
    [OED, an animal that moves about by night] n. 1. a bird, the golden-crowned thrush (Seiurus aurocapillus): 1880 (Cory 70). = GROUND-WALKER 2. a bird, ...
  • niglum vitae, ninglum vitae
    /ní(ng)glam váytiy/; nignal whitey, nickly white (Eleu.); nigla whitey (Exuma); niglum whitey (Inagua, San Sal.); nigger whitey (Inagua, Mayag.); niggly whitey [cf. DJE nigum bitey ...
  • nincompoot, nincompoo
    [from nincompoop] n. a fool; a simpleton. (Black) ...
  • ninky
    ninky [cf. NINNY 1] n. genitals (of females only) (child's word). (Andros, San Sal.)   ...
  • ninny
    n. 1. [cf. Belize nene pudenda (Young); cf. Common Bantu *-néná- pubic region (Carter p.c.)] vagina. (Inagua, Eleu.) 2. [cf. ninny nipple US Black, breast ...
  • nipper
    [cf. gallinipper large mosquito in DJE, Gul. (Parsons 1923:99); cf. also OED nip bite] n. the sandfly, a small biting insect of the genus Phlebotomus: ...
  • no, na, nor
    /na/ 1. [Car.; cf. na not in Brit. dial. North, Scots EDI)] simple negator before verb doesn't, don't, didn't, etc. (considered archaic or rustic; also ...
  • no-good
    [W3 idem, worthless] adj. useless; of low character: 1977 These men too no-good (Full 74). He dead no-good [i.e. totally worthless] (Exuma). (Black) ◊The Bah. ...
  • no how
     [also dial. in Brit. OED, US ADD] adv. in any way: 1966 I don't think that's a good name nohow (Crowley 58). (Gen.) ...
  • no-manners
    [Gul. idem ADD; from have no manners] adj. impertinent; impolite: a no-manners child (Nassau). He ain' no-manners [i.e. he is polite] (Nassau). (Black) ...
  • no-mannish
    [from no-manners idem, influenced by mannish impudent] adj. ill-mannered. (Inagua) ...
  • No man seen dat
     phr. You've never seen anything like it. (Long, Mayag.) ...
  • no more
    /no mów/ [Atlantic; "abbreviation of no-more-than, in the older form no-mo (OED→1813 obs.)" DJE] adj. only (this and no other); just: No-more boys can play ...
  • no more than true
    [Car.] phr. quite believable. (Black) ...
  • none at all!
    phr. no indeed! (an emphatic negative). (Gen.) ...
  • N'onga
    See NANGO ...
  • nor
    See NO ...
  • nor'ard
    /nóhrad/ (Black); north'ard /nóhdhad/ (White) [cf. OED northward towards the north; cf. Scots norit, northart idem CSD, US dial. North, nautical norard, north 'ard ADD] ...
  • nor'side
    [probably from north side but cf. meaning of north in NORTH SHORE and Scots nar-side from nar near CSD, from the per-spective of sailors approaching ...
  • north'ard
    See NOR'ARD ...
  • northern apple
    [from its place of origin] n. the North American apple, as opposed to the sugarapple, pineapple, etc.: 1940 Nodden apple an' grape an' tings like ...
  • north shore
    [cf. NOR'SIDE] n. the windward shore (not necessarily on the north side of an island): 1976 The reefs in the Bahamas lie Mostly on the ...
  • nose-hole
    Atlantic; also Brit. dial. North, Mid EDD, possibly converging with. African parallels, e.g. Igbo óyélé-ímí (lit. nose-hole) idem (Han-cock 1971:663)] n. nostril. (Black> ...
  • nosey
    [cf. OEDS 1 nosey adj, inquisitive slang] v. to pry: She always noseyin' aroun' (Andros). (Black)   ...
  • nothing
    /nótin/ [Gul. idem ADD; OED, not at all (qualifying verb); arch. in US] adv, at all (after a negative): 1918 The man ain't dead nothing ...
  • nothing: ain nothin' to it
    (US Black idem, a curt, resisting reply often given to "What's happening?" or "How are you?" (Claerbaut 57); US colloq. idem, it's not difficult] phr, ...
  • nuff, 'nough
    /nof/ [Atlantic; aphetic form of OED enough quite, abundantly, now only in certain colloq. phrases, as sure enough] adv. abundantly, very: 1936 Dat po' ole ...
  • number man
    [cf. OEDS II numbers an illegal form of gambling in which bets are taken on the occurrence of numbers in a lottery or in the ...
  • number eleven
    DJE idem: "First introduced into this island in June 1782, being among a number of valuable plants taken in a French vessel, bound from the ...
  • number thirteen
    [not in DJE, but cf. NUMBER ELEVEN for probable etym.) n. a variety of mango: 1889 The Mangoes of the Bahamas are of comparatively poor ...
  • numsack
    See NAMSACK. ...
  • Nunga
    See NANGO. ...
  • nuss, nuss-head
    [cf. OED nurse a dogfish or shark; also nurse hound] n, a shark (sp?): 1731 Fish frequenting the Bahama Seas .. . Nuss (Catesby xliii). ...
  • nyam, yam
    [Pan-Creole; cf. Mauritian Fr. nyamnyam (Baker p.c.); Puerto Rican Sp. ñam-ñam, Pap. jomi-jomi all idem (Dillard 1976.164, 288); "njam is a very wide-spread African root—also ...
  • no how
    [also dial. in Brit. OED, US ADD] adv. in any way: 1966Idon't think that's a good name nohow (Crowley 58). (Gen.)   ...
  • nanny
    /náni/, narny /náhni/ [cf. DJE nany, nene "from Twi nene to discharge the bowels", cf. also Common Bantu *-ni- to defecate (Carter p.c.) and Car. ...
  • navy-blue black
    [cf. St. Lucia blue-blacks (vs. mulattoes) (Dalphinis 1977:13); LA Fr. bleu excessivement noir (Germain); US Black blue a very black Negro (Van Patten 1931:27)] adj. ...
  • news
    news ...
  • nicker vine
    [cf. NICKER (BEAN) 1] n, a trailing plant (sp?) with reddish-yellow beans and hooked prickles. (Nassau, White)   ...
  • night rest
    [MCC idem; cf. Ibo ouchichi ozuike (lit, night rest) idem (Okolo p.c.)] n. sleep: 1966 Let me take my night-rest till morning (Crowley 75). (Gen.) ...
  • negro grounds
    [DJE idem; cf. GROUND cultivated field] n. Obs. the area of a plantation where slaves raised crops on their own time for their own use: ...