- a member of a population of black Americans inhabiting the Sea Islands and the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida.
- a creolized form of English spoken by the Gullahs, containing many words and grammatical features derived from African languages.
Origin of Gullah
Examples from the Web for gullah
(in her deep feeling and excitement she lapsed into Gullah).Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
This is simply "gullah" negro talk intended to be unintelligible, and therefore impressive.Nights With Uncle Remus
Joel Chandler Harris
Gullah Jack eluded the search of the police until July 5th, when he too was struck by the huge slave asp.
Gullah Jack was regarded as a sorcerer, and as such feared by the natives of Africa, who believe in witchcraft.
Ten days later Gullah Jack suffered death on the gallows also.
- plural -lahs or -lah a member of a Negroid people living on the Sea Islands or in the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and NE Florida
- the creolized English spoken by these people
Word Origin and History for gullah
"of or pertaining to blacks on the sea-islands of Georgia and South Carolina," 1739 (first attested as a male slave's proper name), of uncertain origin. Early 19c. folk etymology made it a shortening of Angola (homeland of many slaves) or traced it to a W. African tribal group called the Golas.