Pirate Dictionary

To start with, of course, say "ye" for you, "me" for my or mine, and don't skimp on the "ahoy" and "arrrrr!"
 

 

Addled.................................................................................................................................Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.

Aft....................................................................................................................................................Short for "after." Toward the rear of the ship.

Ahoy....................................................................................................................................................................................................................Hello!

Avast!...................................................................................................................Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"

Begad!..............................................................................................................................................................................................................By God!

Belay.....................................................................................................................................Stop that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"

Bilge!...........................................................................................Nonsense, or foolish talk. The bilges of a ship fill with stinking bilgewater.

Bilge-sucking................................................................................................................................................. A very uncomplimentary adjective.

Black Spot.......................................................................................To "place the Black Spot" on another pirate is to sentence him to death.

Blaggard.................................................................................................................................................................................Blackguard. An insult.

Blimey!..........................................................................................................................................................................An exclamation of surprise.

Booty.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................Loot.

Bosun...............................................................................................................................................................................Boatswain, a petty officer.

Bucko.......................................................................................................................................................Familiar term. "Me bucko" = "my friend."

Cap'n............................................................................................................................................................................................Short for "captain."

Cat o'nine tails......................................................................................................................A whip with many lashes, used for flogging. hand.

Chantey........................................................................................................................A sailor's work song. Also spelled "shantey" or "shanty."

Corsair...................................................................................................................................A more romantic term for pirate. But still a pirate.

Davy Jones' locker...............................................................................................................................................................The bottom of the sea.

Deadlights.........................................................................................................................................................Eyes. "Use yer deadlights, matey!"

Dead men tell no tales...........................................................................................................Standard pirate excuse for leaving no survivors.

Dog......................................................................................................................................................A mild insult, perhaps even a friendly one.

Doubloon...................................................................................................................................................................................A Spanish gold coin.

Fair winds!.................................................................................................................................................................................Goodbye, good luck!

Feed the fish.......................................................................................................What you do when you are thrown into the sea,dead or alive.

Gangway!..................................................................................................................................................................................."Get out of my way!"

Godspeed!..................................................................................................................................................................................Goodbye, good luck!

Grub.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................Food.

Fore, or forrard...................................................................................................................................................Toward the front end of the ship.

Flogging..............................................................................................................................Punishment by caning, or by whipping with the cat.

Hands.............................................................................................................................................................................The crew of a ship; sailors.

Handsomely................................................................................................................................Quickly. "Handsomely now, men!" = "Hurry up!"

Jack Ketch...........................................................................................................................The hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.

Jollyboat...................................................................................................A small but happy craft, perhaps even one which is a little dinghy.

Jolly Roger...............................................................................................................................................The pirates' skull-and-crossbones flag.

Keelhaul..................................................................................................................................................Punishment by dragging under the ship.

Kiss the gunner's daughter.....................................................................A punishment: to be bent over one of the ship's guns and flogged.

Lad, lass, lassie............................................................................................................................A way to address someone younger than you.