An Incomprehensive and Unextensive Pirate Dictionary*

A guide of how to speak/write like a pirate especially when creating your treasure hunt clues.

A Abaft Towards the back M Marooned Abandoned on an island
Aft The actual back Matey Shipmate
Ahoy Hello Me My
Arr Agreed Me beauty My beautiful thing
Avast Stop Me hearty My friend
Aye Yes Monkey Small cannon
Aye Aye I’ll get on with that now N Nay No
B Be Am, are or is Narr
A non-existent made up word
Bilge rat Ship’s gutter scum O Oh See Blimey
Black spot Cursed mark of death Oi Excuse me
Blimey Gosh P Peg leg Wooden artificial leg
Boatswain Deck boss Pieces of eight Spanish silver coin worth 8 reales
Booty Treasure Pirate Robber on the sea
Bounty Price on a criminal’s head Plunder Steal
Buccaneer Pirate Poop deck Furthest and highest deck to the rear
Bucko Mate Port Left
C Cap’n Captain Powder monkey Gunner’s assistant
Cat’o’nine tails Whip Privateer Government sanctioned pirate
Crow’s nest Main mast top lookout Q Quartermaster Sailor second-in-command
Cutlass Pirate’s curved sword Quark Fundamental constituent of matter
D Davy Jones’ locker Lethal bottom of the sea R Rigging Ropes, mast and sails
Deck Ship’s floor Rullock Oar hole
Doubloon Spanish gold coin S Salty sea dog Long term sailor
Duffle Pirate’s belongings Scallywag Naughty person
F Fair winds Good luck Scurvy dog Self esteem reducer
Fiddlers Green Pirate heaven Scuttle Breach the hull to sink a ship
Flog Whip Shanty Song of the sea
Fore Front/forward Shipshape Tidy
Futtock shroud Lower and top masts joint Shiver me timbers See Blimey
G Gangway Make way Son of a Biscuit Eater (Bastard) son of a sailor
Gentlemen of
Pirates Starboard Right
Grog Rum mixture Swag See Loot
Grub Food Swashbuckling Fighting
H Hands Crew T Thar Not here
Haven Safe place Three sheets to the wind Drunk
Head Loo Titivate See Shipshape
Heave ho Pull W Walk the plank Walk the plank
Hold Cargo bay Wench Lady
J Jacob’s Ladder Rope ladder on to ship Weigh anchor Raise the anchor
Jolly Roger Skull and crossbones flag Y Ye You
K Keelhaul Drag someone around the ship underneath the barnacled keel Yer Your
L Lad Young man Yee-haw See a Cowboy Dictionary
Land ahoy Land in sight Yo-ho-ho Laughter
Land lubber A clumsy oaf
Lass Young woman
Leg irons Ankle cuffs
Lily livered Scared
Loaded to the
Loot See Booty * Massive sincere apologies if there are any inaccuracies

Putting words together from the Pirate Dictionary

String phrases together to the point of excess, crammed with strings of adjectives. Drop the letters G and V. Use the word BE when referring to yourself.

So if you were to say Follow the corridor to the end then look up when you open the door. It could translate to something like: Ye be walkin’ th’ plank down th’ long dark cutlass corridor, cast yer eyes to th’ skies when the door do be ajar.

Congratulations! You’ve got everything you need now… Fair winds to ye salty sea dogs!

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