Definition of Geechee in US English:



  • Term used of the Gullah dialect, or a speaker of this dialect.

    • ‘Today, the Gullahs and Geechees tend to live along the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.’
    • ‘During enslavement, Gullahs and Geechees were not allowed to write or read.’
    • ‘It documents the cultures from which Gullahs and Geechees sprang.’
    • ‘Of all of the blacks in America, of all the African Americans living in America right now, the only ones that still have its originality, who still have its culture, who still has its language, is the Gullahs and the Geechees.’
    • ‘My great grandmother with her black skin and her blue eyes tells me that we are Geechees from the Georgia sea islands, Geechees descended from a Portuguese pirate and a Spanish Jewish woman.’
    • ‘However, there are the others through which the fortitude of the first Gullahs and Geechees still lives.’
    • ‘My father explained that, ‘We are Gullah people but they used to call us Geechees.’’
    • ‘It was not until Gullahs and Geechees decided to take pride in their own language no matter what others had to say about it that people began ‘studying’ their existence and endurance.’
    • ‘Gullahs and Geechees once dominated the coastal Low Country.’
    • ‘The Gullah, who are also known as the Geechee in some parts of the South, are descended from slaves specifically brought from West Africa (now Liberia, Sierra Leone and Senegal) because of their familiarity with farming rice and cotton.’
    • ‘The history of Geechees and Gullahs on Georgia, South Carolina, and North Florida islands goes back almost two centuries.’


From the name of the O geechee River, in Georgia, US.