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If ye want to rule the seas ye must first learn how to speak like a Pirate!

Pirate Terms & Phrases

Aaarrrggghhh Catch Phrase for grumbling or disgust
Abaft Back area of the boat
Ahoy Hello
Ahoy Matey Hello, friend
Ahoy, Me Hearties Hello my friends (addressed to a group)
All Hands Hoay Everyone get on deck
Avast Ye Pay attention
Black spot A death threat
Batten Down the Hatches Tie everything down (in preparation for a storm)
Bilge-Sucking An insulting expression of disdain
Binnacle A built-in housing for a ship’s compass
Black Jack Large drinking cups
Blimey Surprise or shock
Blow Me Down Phrase of amazement or shock
Blow the Man Down Captain’s command to get rid of someone
Booty Treasure
Bounty A reward for capturing a criminal, such as a pirate
Bring a Spring Upon’er Turn the ship to a different direction
Broadside The most vulnerable angle of a ship that runs the length of the boat
Buccaneer A pirate
Bucko Shortened name for a Buccaneer
Cackle fruit Chicken eggs
Carouser Reckless or loud person who drinks excessively
Cat O’Nine Tails A special kind of whip that has 9 strands
Chantey A song sung together in unison while working
Chase A vessel that is being pursued
Chase Gun The main cannon at the bow of a ship
Clap of Thunder Strong alcoholic drink, similar to a shot
Cleave Him to the Brisket An order to kill a man by cutting across his chest from shoulders to stomach
Clipper Fast moving boat or ship
Coaming A raised border around the cockpit or hatch of a ship to keep out water
Coffer A treasure chest
Cog Smaller war ship
Corsair Pirates from the Mediterranean
Crow’s Nest A small lookout platform near the mast
Cutlass A thick, heavey short sword
Dance the Hempen Jig To hang someone
Davy Jone’s Locker A mystical fable about an evil spirit from the bottom of the ocean that draws pirates or sailors down to their death
Dead Men Tell No Tales An expression meaning no survivors left behind
Doubloons Type of Spanish gold coins
Duffle A sailor’s belongings
Dungbie Rear end
Fathom Six Feet in distance
Feed the Fish About to die
Fire in the Hole Warning given to crew before a cannon is fired
Flogging Severe beating of a person
Freebooter Refers to an actual pirate
Galley Flat ship propelled by oars
Gangplank Removable ramp between the pier and ship
Go on Account A phrase pirates used to say they were turning into a pirate
Grog Rum or liquor diluted by water
Grog Blossom Someone with a red nose from drinking too frequently, an alcoholic
Hands Crew members of a ship
Hang’em from the Yardarm Type of punishment given to a prisoner
Hang the Jib To frown or pout
Head Toilet on a pirate ship
Hearties Friends
Heave Ho Put your weight and muscle into it
Heave To Stop
Hempen Halter Noose used to hang people
Holystone Sandstone that was used to scrub the ships
Hornswaggle To cheat
Jack Flag flown to show nationality
Jack Ketch A hangman
Jacob’s Ladder A rope ladder used to climb aboard a boat
Jolly Roger Black pirate flag with white skull and crossbones
Keelhaul Painful punishment whereby the pirates drag a person side-to-side under the pirate ship and they get cut up by the from the bottom of the ship
Killick Small, stone anchor with a wooden frame
Lad, Lass, Lassie A kid or young person
Landlubber An inexperienced or clumsy person who doesn’t have any sailing skills
Letters of Marque Government-issued letters allowing privateers the right to piracy of another ship during wartime
Lookout The pirate who keeps watch for land or oncoming ships
Loot Stolen money or belongings
Man-O-War A pirate ship that is furnished and prepared for battle
Maroon Leave someone stranded on a deserted island with no supplies
Marooned To be abandoned with no food, drink, or possessions
Me My
Mizzen The 3rd mast from the ship’s bow of bigger ships
Monkey Small cannon
Monkey jacket Short jacket worn by some of those aboard the ship
Mutiny When crew gang up against the Captain of the ship or other authority
No Prey, No Pay The ship’s crew received no wages; however they got a part of the loot or treasure
Old Salt Experienced pirate or sailor
Pieces of Eight Spanish coins in pirate treasures
Pillage Rob, ransack or plunder
Piracy Robbery performed at sea, often to another ship
Plunder Take booty or steal
Poop Deck This is a part of the ship above the Captain’s headquarters at the farthest point back
Powder Monkey A gunner’s assistant
Privateer Government-appointed pirates
Red Ensign British Flag
Rum Pirate’s favorite alcoholic beverage
Run a Rig Play a joke or a trick on someone
Run a Shot Across the Bow Warning shot given to another boat’s Captain
Sail, Ho A warning that another ship is in view
Savvy? A question asking, “Do you understand?”
Scallywag A joke that a superior pirate might call one of the rookie pirates
Scourge of the 7 Seas Worst kind of pirate
Scurvy Dog The pirate is calling you an insulting name
Scuttle Sink a ship
Seadog A veteran sailor or old pirate
Sea Legs When a sailor adjusts his balance from riding on a boat for a long time
Shark Bait This is what you become after you walk the plank
Shipshape The ship is managed and clean, everything is under control
Shiver Me Timbers A surprised or shocked expression
Sink Me Expression of surprise
Son of a Biscuit Eater A name or insult for someone you dislike
Splice the Mainbrace Pass a round of drinks out to the crew
Spyglass A telescope
Squiffy Tipsy or intoxicated, shaky footing
Strike Colors Lower a ship’s flag to indicate surrender
Swab Mop or clean the ship’s deck and floorboards
Take a Caulk Take a nap
Tar Sailor, crew member
Thar She Blows Whale sighting
Three Sheets to the Wind Very drunk, intoxicated
Walk the Plank Prisoner is ordered to walk off the board overlapping the ocean
Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen An order to the crew to pull up the anchor and get this ship sailing
Wench A woman or peasant girl
Ye You
Yellow Jack When a ship flies a yellow flag, it indicates the presence of an ill crew member, such as yellow fever
Yo Ho Ho A cheery expression to get someone’s attention
Aaarrrggghhh Catch Phrase for grumbling or disgust
Abaft Back area of the boat
Ahoy Hello
Ahoy Matey Hello, friend
Ahoy, Me Hearties Hello my friends (addressed to a group)
All Hands Hoay Everyone get on deck
Avast Ye Pay attention
Black spot A death threat
Batten Down the Hatches Tie everything down (in preparation for a storm)
Bilge-Sucking An insulting expression of disdain
Binnacle A built-in housing for a ship’s compass
Black Jack Large drinking cups
Blimey Surprise or shock
Blow Me Down Phrase of amazement or shock
Blow the Man Down Captain’s command to get rid of someone
Booty Treasure
Bounty A reward for capturing a criminal, such as a pirate
Bring a Spring Upon’er Turn the ship to a different direction
Broadside The most vulnerable angle of a ship that runs the length of the boat
Buccaneer A pirate
Bucko Shortened name for a Buccaneer
Cackle fruit Chicken eggs
Carouser Reckless or loud person who drinks excessively
Cat O’Nine Tails A special kind of whip that has 9 strands
Chantey A song sung together in unison while working
Chase A vessel that is being pursued
Chase Gun The main cannon at the bow of a ship
Clap of Thunder Strong alcoholic drink, similar to a shot
Cleave Him to the Brisket An order to kill a man by cutting across his chest from shoulders to stomach
Clipper Fast moving boat or ship
Coaming A raised border around the cockpit or hatch of a ship to keep out water
Coffer A treasure chest
Cog Smaller war ship
Corsair Pirates from the Mediterranean
Crow’s Nest A small lookout platform near the mast
Cutlass A thick, heavey short sword
Dance the Hempen Jig To hang someone
Davy Jone’s Locker A mystical fable about an evil spirit from the bottom of the ocean that draws pirates or sailors down to their death
Dead Men Tell No Tales An expression meaning no survivors left behind
Doubloons Type of Spanish gold coins
Duffle A sailor’s belongings
Dungbie Rear end
Fathom Six Feet in distance
Feed the Fish About to die
Fire in the Hole Warning given to crew before a cannon is fired
Flogging Severe beating of a person
Freebooter Refers to an actual pirate
Galley Flat ship propelled by oars
Gangplank Removable ramp between the pier and ship
Go on Account A phrase pirates used to say they were turning into a pirate
Grog Rum or liquor diluted by water
Grog Blossom Someone with a red nose from drinking too frequently, an alcoholic
Hands Crew members of a ship
Hang’em from the Yardarm Type of punishment given to a prisoner
Hang the Jib To frown or pout
Head Toilet on a pirate ship
Hearties Friends
Heave Ho Put your weight and muscle into it
Heave To Stop
Hempen Halter Noose used to hang people
Holystone Sandstone that was used to scrub the ships
Hornswaggle To cheat
Jack Flag flown to show nationality
Jack Ketch A hangman
Jacob’s Ladder A rope ladder used to climb aboard a boat
Jolly Roger Black pirate flag with white skull and crossbones
Keelhaul Painful punishment whereby the pirates drag a person side-to-side under the pirate ship and they get cut up by the from the bottom of the ship
Killick Small, stone anchor with a wooden frame
Lad, Lass, Lassie A kid or young person
Landlubber An inexperienced or clumsy person who doesn’t have any sailing skills
Letters of Marque Government-issued letters allowing privateers the right to piracy of another ship during wartime
Lookout The pirate who keeps watch for land or oncoming ships
Loot Stolen money or belongings
Man-O-War A pirate ship that is furnished and prepared for battle
Maroon Leave someone stranded on a deserted island with no supplies
Marooned To be abandoned with no food, drink, or possessions
Me My
Mizzen The 3rd mast from the ship’s bow of bigger ships
Monkey Small cannon
Monkey jacket Short jacket worn by some of those aboard the ship
Mutiny When crew gang up against the Captain of the ship or other authority
No Prey, No Pay The ship’s crew received no wages; however they got a part of the loot or treasure
Old Salt Experienced pirate or sailor
Pieces of Eight Spanish coins in pirate treasures
Pillage Rob, ransack or plunder
Piracy Robbery performed at sea, often to another ship
Plunder Take booty or steal
Poop Deck This is a part of the ship above the Captain’s headquarters at the farthest point back
Powder Monkey A gunner’s assistant
Privateer Government-appointed pirates
Red Ensign British Flag
Rum Pirate’s favorite alcoholic beverage
Run a Rig Play a joke or a trick on someone
Run a Shot Across the Bow Warning shot given to another boat’s Captain
Sail, Ho A warning that another ship is in view
Savvy? A question asking, “Do you understand?”
Scallywag A joke that a superior pirate might call one of the rookie pirates
Scourge of the 7 Seas Worst kind of pirate
Scurvy Dog The pirate is calling you an insulting name
Scuttle Sink a ship
Seadog A veteran sailor or old pirate
Sea Legs When a sailor adjusts his balance from riding on a boat for a long time
Shark Bait This is what you become after you walk the plank
Shipshape The ship is managed and clean, everything is under control
Shiver Me Timbers A surprised or shocked expression
Sink Me Expression of surprise
Son of a Biscuit Eater A name or insult for someone you dislike
Splice the Mainbrace Pass a round of drinks out to the crew
Spyglass A telescope
Squiffy Tipsy or intoxicated, shaky footing
Strike Colors Lower a ship’s flag to indicate surrender
Swab Mop or clean the ship’s deck and floorboards
Take a Caulk Take a nap
Tar Sailor, crew member
Thar She Blows Whale sighting
Three Sheets to the Wind Very drunk, intoxicated
Walk the Plank Prisoner is ordered to walk off the board overlapping the ocean
Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen An order to the crew to pull up the anchor and get this ship sailing
Wench A woman or peasant girl
Ye You
Yellow Jack When a ship flies a yellow flag, it indicates the presence of an ill crew member, such as yellow fever
Yo Ho Ho A cheery expression to get someone’s attention
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