Literally " Black sounds". or an African language used by African Americans that is not a dialect of English.
Ebonics:
Haps in da hood? = What's going on in the neighborhood?

Jocking my style= Messing with me or copying me in an attempt to be cool like me.

You got beef? = Are you provoking me to engage into a violent confrontation?
by SmellyDaoust March 22, 2010
Frequently maligned North American dialect spoken primarily by the black population. Ebonics has strong connections to African syntax, pronunciation, and grammar, though the dialect has evolved since its advent in the early slavery days of the United States. Due to its differences from standard English, people often mistakenly believe it to be nothing but a lazy and ignorant tongue. (It doesn't help that Ebonics has become trendy amongst illiterate teenagers who assume that "izzle", an infix which was invented only a few years ago, comprises the entirety of the dialect.) Others try to assume Ebonics in an attempt to look hardcore. However, most people who use Ebonics speak it as a mother tongue, and in this way it is as valid and organized a dialect as any other.
Dat my brudder car.
by Canaduck May 04, 2004
black people talk who are gangsters and engage in gang activities regarding slapping that *profane word*
ebonics: Yu mean mugging me cuddy?

English: Excuse me sir, are you gazing up and down my body as if you're seeing if i want to start something with you, my reproduction partner
by Hitlerslayer23_rules December 07, 2009
The way us brothas be speakin'. Those white people be givin' every damn thing a name. ...pshh ebonics!
you want an example, what was i speakin up there!? nigerian!? playa that was ebonics.
by thatplaya February 23, 2010
The format by which all UrbanDictionary examples are written.
Bitch be yackin at me fo' speakin wif ebonics so I slap her up and kick her ugly ass right up out my flibbity-flobbity-floop.
by Dem whait bytchez haz me spend December 24, 2009
Just thought I should point out (though I find it unusual that you wouldn't know this, considering your "doctorate in languages") that "aks" was actually the original pronunciation of what is now accepted as "ask".

The word "ask" originally came from the word "acsian". By the time people settled North America in the 1400's though, the word had been shortened to "aks". Like with many words (especially those combining the "s" and "c" sounds) metathesis occured, and some people began to pronounce the word as "ask".

Because of animosity between the North and the South, the North started consistently pronouncing it as "ask" and put pressure on the public school system to have it taught that way as well. "Aks" became stigmatized as the "souther/uneducated" pronunciation, though at this point had yet to be associated with African Americans.

Ultimately, under pressure fromthe North, all public schools(PS) adopted that pronunciation. Because african americans were not allowed access to PS at that time, they continued to learn that it was pronounced as "ask".

It's less a matter of "ebonics" as it is your lack of historical knowledge. Get educated love :)
In reference to the use of "aks" as an example of the controversial term "ebonics", AKS and ASK were for a long time both accepted ways to pronounce what is now most widely accepted as "Ask"
by Rach09 February 13, 2009
A language that is stigmatized and ridiculed by the intolerant society of America. It is complex, rule-governed and structured just as any other language... it is NOT slang and is not MADE UP by its speakers.

Certain aspects of Ebonics are shared by other languages around the globe, most specifically western African languages. The habitual "be" is a feature standard English does not have, establishing differences in the present tense like the "here and now" or "habitual."
by Shea Aubrey May 02, 2008

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