pidgin English

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɪ.dʒɪn ˌɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɪ.dʒən ˌɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/


pidgin English (countable and uncountable, plural pidgin Englishes)

  1. (originally) The Chinese pidgin English spoken in Canton and Hong Kong, later spreading throughout the Chinese and Southeast Asian coastal region.
  2. Any English-lexifier pidgin.
  3. (loosely) Any very basic English; broken English.