Definition of Yardie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːdi/


1(Among Jamaicans) a fellow Jamaican.
Example sentences
  • I just wanted to say hi and to tell the other Yardies to stay safe.
  • Big up to all the Yardies who are representing for us in Italy!
  • Since she was a Yardie like myself, I was trying to help her out.
2(In the UK) a member of a Jamaican or West Indian gang of criminals: [as modifier]: Yardie violence
More example sentences
  • It's not us nice white middle class people who are to blame, it's those nasty Yardies!
  • She must be the only person in the UK unaware of the gun crime, perpetrated by Yardie gangsters in our major cities.
  • Theres a more anti police beat officer feeling to as the area is beginning to be run by the West Indian Yardies and crime syndicates.


Of or characteristic of Jamaicans: comparison of cockney and Yardie slang
More example sentences
  • So I shook my legs and did a few Yardie moves… just like what Beenie Man did tonight.
  • Him lucky seh it wasn't a Jamaican parent that was holding that baby or there may well have been a true Yardie style lynching on dat rass flight.
  • Mr Glass added: ‘He described the killer as having a Yardie or Jamaican accent.’


1980s: from Jamaican English yard 'house, home' (see yard2 (sense 4 of the noun)).

Words that rhyme with Yardie

cadi, cardy, Guardi, Hardie, hardy, lardy, Mahdi, mardy, Saadi, samadhi, tardy

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