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shotta (plural shottas)

  1. (Jamaican, slang) An armed gangster.
    • 2001, Donna P Hope, Inna di dancehall: popular culture and the politics of identity in Jamaica
      For example, a shotta from one street in the community had "cut up" another youth from their own avenue.
    • 2005, Vibe (volume 13, number 7, June 2005)
      They go on an ID parade [a police lineup], and nobody identified them as being a shotta, so everything's clear. But we still baffi be careful.
    • 2007, Brian Meeks, Culture, politics, race and diaspora: the thought of Stuart Hall
      Shottas may act as independent gunmen or may be under the rule of particular dons.