Meaning of eye dialect

eye' di"alect

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the literary use of misspellings that are intended to convey a speaker's lack of education or use of humorously dialectal pronunciations but that are actually no more than respellings of standard pronunciations, as wimmin for “women,” wuz for “was,” and peepul for “people.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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