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bwoy (plural bwoys)

  1. (Jamaica) Pronunciation spelling of boy.
    • 1891, Charles Dudley Warner, Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4[1]:
      But eesterday he guided slow My downcast Jenny, vull o' woe, An' then my little maid in black, A-walken softly on her track; An' after he'd a-turn'd ageaen, To let me goo along the leaene, He had noo little bwoy to vill His last white eaerms, an' they stood still.
    • 1902, M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell), North, South and Over the Sea[2]:
      And Susan, she did write back immediate an' say, 'My poor bwoy, there be a sad surprise in store for you.'
    • 1994 November 18, Rosalind Cummings, “Hip Hop Godfather”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      Then comes the Stones' "Miss You"; on cue, the crowd yells in unison, "What's da matter wich you bwoy!"


Jamaican Creole[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From English boy.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbwaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: bwoy


bwoy (plural: bwoy dem or bwoys dem, quantified: bwoy)

  1. boy, guy, man
    • 2011, Marcus Bethel, Scars and Stripes: The Lasting Impression[4] (in English), →ISBN, page 95:
      Rasta one: Bwoy, no try dem kinda rhatid ting wid de I, Zeen? []
      Rasta one: Boy, don't play any fucking games with me, you dig? []
    Nancy love di bwoy whole 'eap suh shi tief weh a night fi check 'im.
    Nancy loved the boy a lot, so she'd sneaked out at night to go see him.

Derived terms[edit]

  1. bad bwoy

Further reading[edit]

  • bwoy – Jamaican Patois dictionary