A jacket= child born of paternity fraud.
Paul and Joan are in a relationship, Joan cheats on Paul with Errol, she gets pregnant. She gives the baby to Paul knowing damn well the baby is not his or she's unsure of who the dad is so she picks Paul for whatever reason.
Now what you will hear ppl say is " that's not a jacket, that's a full suit DWL" or "that jacket cut to fit" = the baby looks like the unsupecting non-bio dad/cuckold or the way how the mother did it was so cold/harsh (eg the amount of money spent, non bio dad really loved the kid, the way she cry eye water that the baby is his, the public shame, the fact that the bio dad = non bio dad's best friend/ or her pastor/study partner/gym trainer/gardener/ taxi man etc.
The ratchet stories I can tell. SMH
ETA In Jamaica, the term ‘jacket’ is used to describe a child whose alleged father is not, in fact, the biological father. Surprisingly, given the extent of false paternity in the society, the Dictionary of Jamaican English does not have an entry on this colourful term.
I’m not sure of the origin of the image of the ‘jacket.’ But it does suggest the straitjacket that many a man is forced to wear when a woman fingers him as the father of her child. ‘Jacket’ also suggests the formal dress code of British ‘respectability’ that the man is required to submit to.
Edited by Diane (35) - Sep 09 2013 at 11:02am