Meaning of Yardie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjɑːdi/

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  • 1(among Jamaicans) a fellow Jamaican.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to me (from my oh, so scientific, informal surveys) that most Yardies are Democrats, in fact!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it the real deal that I'm getting from my Yardie bredrin over here?’
    • ‘Now the thing about being away from Yard, is that when you see another Yardie you look out for each other.’
  • 2(in the UK) a member of a Jamaican or West Indian gang of criminals.

    • ‘Yardie violence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said this, along with the closure and demolition of the Hayfield last year, meant the Yardies had been forced to move elsewhere.’
    • ‘It was like we were the Kray twins or a group of Yardies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His murder was the catalyst for the outbreak of gun terror around Chapeltown as Yardies and home-grown dealers battled for supremacy.’
    • ‘They flew officers from Scotland Yard to Kingston, Jamaica, to find Yardies and recruit them to help them make contact with drug dealers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So far the team has made nearly 190 arrests, deported 70 Yardies and seized 15 firearms, including two sub-machine guns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Are images of Yardies, guns and deprivation really a depiction of normal life in London?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is understood Yardie drug barons have moved into Sheffield for the first time in an attempt to claim new territory.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘An armed police raid on a pub said to be a home to Yardie gangsters and drug dealers was praised yesterday.’
    • ‘Regulars were driven away from a Leeds pub by violent Yardie drug gangs who imposed a reign of terror, a police commander said yesterday.’
    • ‘Because there is no formal structure, Yardie gangs have little resemblance to organisations like the Mafia.’
    gangster, gang member, mobster, criminal, gunman, thug, racketeer, ruffian, member of a criminal gang, member of the Mafia, Mafioso, Yardie


informal attributive
  • Of or characteristic of Jamaicans.

    • ‘comparison of cockney and Yardie slang’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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!’


1980s from Jamaican English yard ‘house, home’ (see yard (sense 4 of the noun)).