Definition of Yardie in English:

Yardie

noun

informal
  • 1(among Jamaicans) a fellow Jamaican.

    • ‘It seems to me (from my oh, so scientific, informal surveys) that most Yardies are Democrats, in fact!’
    • ‘Now the thing about being away from Yard, is that when you see another Yardie you look out for each other.’
    • ‘Is it the real deal that I'm getting from my Yardie bredrin over here?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, far from home you help another Yardie… who asks for help that you would hesitate to give some of your own family - but you far from Yard, and you know you would appreciate the same level of assistance.’
    • ‘The slothful, ignorant rest of them will be bemoaning the fact, that not only are the Haitians taking over, but so are the Trinis, Yardies, and assorted other Black brothers.’
  • 2(in the UK) a member of a Jamaican or West Indian gang of criminals.

    [as modifier] ‘Yardie violence’
    • ‘Are images of Yardies, guns and deprivation really a depiction of normal life in London?’
    • ‘He said this, along with the closure and demolition of the Hayfield last year, meant the Yardies had been forced to move elsewhere.’
    • ‘They flew officers from Scotland Yard to Kingston, Jamaica, to find Yardies and recruit them to help them make contact with drug dealers.’
    • ‘It was like we were the Kray twins or a group of Yardies.’
    • ‘So far the team has made nearly 190 arrests, deported 70 Yardies and seized 15 firearms, including two sub-machine guns.’
    • ‘An armed police raid on a pub said to be a home to Yardie gangsters and drug dealers was praised yesterday.’
    • ‘The latest shootings come amid growing concerns that Jamaican gangsters - known as Yardies - are being flown over to Leeds where they disappear into the drugs underworld and live illegally.’
    • ‘It is understood Yardie drug barons have moved into Sheffield for the first time in an attempt to claim new territory.’
    • ‘Since becoming fully established in April 2001 it has made more than 400 arrests, deported more than 200 Yardies and taken 70 firearms off the streets.’
    • ‘The tough policy is symptomatic of a new war on Jamaican Yardies that is being waged by police, as revealed by the Yorkshire Post last Saturday.’
    • ‘The weapon is a favourite with Yardie gunmen on the streets of London, but also ‘it has become a weapon of choice around the country.’’
    • ‘Regulars were driven away from a Leeds pub by violent Yardie drug gangs who imposed a reign of terror, a police commander said yesterday.’
    • ‘DC Lockhart said that while police did not have any intelligence to suggest that Coore was a Jamaican Yardie, they could not be absolutely certain of his name and age.’
    • ‘His murder was the catalyst for the outbreak of gun terror around Chapeltown as Yardies and home-grown dealers battled for supremacy.’
    • ‘Leeds, with a large African-Caribbean community, has also been hit by a series of shootings linked to the drug and the arrival in the city of so-called Yardies from Jamaica who have upset local dealers by muscling in on their trade.’
    • ‘She must be the only person in the UK unaware of the gun crime, perpetrated by Yardie gangsters in our major cities.’
    • ‘Because there is no formal structure, Yardie gangs have little resemblance to organisations like the Mafia.’
    • ‘Extra armed police patrols are to take to the streets of a Yorkshire city in a bid to thwart an escalating gun culture sparked by the arrival of drug-dealing Jamaican Yardies.’
    • ‘A total of 57 Yardies have reportedly been deported to Jamaica by police after being arrested in connection with a spate of shootings in Leeds.’
    • ‘The clampdown by a dozen full-time officers was set up nearly 12 months ago in response to a number of shootings in Leeds involving gangs of Yardies and Yoots - British-born Afro-Caribbeans - squabbling over the drug trade.’
    • ‘By 2001, Chapeltown had become the scene of an escalating turf war between the Yardies and rival drugs gangs, who were embroiled in a seedy world of drug smuggling and drive-by-shootings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The market has expanded massively in recent years as Yardies - West Indian criminals gangs - muscled their way into major cities in England and Wales, including Leeds and Sheffield.’
    • ‘It's not us nice white middle class people who are to blame, it's those nasty Yardies!’
    • ‘The happy couple spent many a relaxing evening in Stoke Newington, sipping fine wines and listening to the sound of Yardie bullets ricocheting around the streets below.’
    • ‘The Hayfield, towering above a parade of tiny shops on Chapeltown Road, Leeds, became synonymous with an escalating turf war between the Jamaican Yardies and their British-born rivals, known as Yoots.’
    • ‘In West Yorkshire, police set up Operation Stirrup in July 1999 after receiving intelligence that Yardies were making a move on the cities of Leeds and Bradford.’
    gangster, gang member, mobster, criminal, gunman, thug, racketeer, ruffian, member of a criminal gang, member of the mafia, mafioso, yardie
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adjective

informal
  • [attributive] Of or characteristic of Jamaicans.

    ‘comparison of cockney and Yardie slang’
    • ‘Mr Glass added: ‘He described the killer as having a Yardie or Jamaican accent.’’
    • ‘As if Emily wasn't enough… I wake up to read that one of the suspected suicide bombers who did their evil deed in London last week may well have been Yardie born!’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1980s: from Jamaican English yard house, home (see yard).

Pronunciation:

Yardie

/ˈjɑːdi/