or Pidgin English
- a pidgin language based on English formerly used in commerce in Chinese ports.
- a similar language used in other areas, such as Papua New Guinea (where it has semiofficial status) and parts of West Africa.
Origin of pidgin English
1820–30; pidgin, pigeon < Chinese Pidgin English: business, affair; etymology uncertain, but often alleged to be Chin pronunciation of business
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Examples from the Web for pidgin english
Have you ever heard a light-yellow, lean, sad, earnest Chinaman stutter in Pidgin-English?A Personal Record
In all the schools German is taught, but pidgin-English is largely spoken at the coast towns.
He was deluded by the idea that if he talked a kind of pidgin-English and shouted loud enough she must understand.The Huntress
He seemed to be having difficulty with the language, and was eking out his Pidgin-English with pantomime.Blindfolded
Earle Ashley Walcott
Pidgin-English amused me very much, as it amuses every one who visits China.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands
George Francis Train
- a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English
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