Teasing your friends or full on insulting other drivers in traffic is a common part of life in Port-au-Prince. The following Haitian Creole curse words are not typically included in vocabulary lists. We’re adding them here so you will understand that you are being insulted and cussed out in Creole!! We don’t recommend you respond, unless its teasing among good friends. Trading Haitian insults in the street is a good way to start a fight — please avoid that.
Kijan moun konn joure yon lòt moun nan kreyòl
How people typically insult others in Creole
Idyot — idiot
Tèt zozo — dick head
Masisi — gay person
Gèt manman w — your mom
Enbesil — imbicil
Vouzan — prostitute
Fanm lèd — ugly woman
Gwo vant — fat belly
Kochon — pig
Bouda plat — flat butt
Nèg lèd — ugly guy
Gwo dyòl — big mouth
Chen — dog
Vòlè — thief (male)
Volèz — thief (female)
Anndan chou pouri — nasty crotch
Andan Kwabosal — you smell like a dump
Salop — slob
Salopri — you mess up everything
Kaka — shit
Mèd — f*ck
Dyòl santi – bad breath
Santi fò — you stink
Anndan tourego — your croche smells like a canal
Parese — lazy
Kou rèd — stingy
Sou moun — trying to please others too much
You’ll often hear the normal American curse words too. We have a lot of influence in Creole from contemporary Hip Hop. So the “bad words” from explicit rap music is very common in Haiti.
Please used this vocabulary with caution. Now that you know how to curse in Creole – we don’t recommend anyone using these Haitian swear words, except in friendly situations with your baz (gang or homeboys).
If you hear something not on our list, don’t forget you can ask us anything.
Specific Reader Questions:
What does “zozo” mean in Creole?
“Zozo” is a Haitian Creole slang word for penis or dick. It’s derived from the creole word “zo” which means bone.
What does “salopri” mean in Creole?
“Salopri” is a Haitian Creole insult meaning looser. It’s derived from the word “salop” which means slob.
What does “masisi” mean in Creole?
“Masisi” is a Haitian Creole curse word used to insult a homosexual.
How do you say “ugly” in Creole?
“Led” is the Haitian Creole word meaning “ugly.” When used to describe a person it is pejorative.