The way Dominicans Speak / Cómo Hablamos Dominicanos – Dominicanismos Dictionary
The slang used in Dominican Republic.
D – de
*Dame Lu (dam-e-loo) – a greeting “What’s up?” or “What’s happenin’?” literally give me light (enlighten me)
*Deguabine-someone in bad physical shape
*Deplayarse – laying around for hours doing nothing, maybe laying in bed and watching tv
*Detutanao – canceled
*¿Dime ave? (deemeh-a-be) “Whats up?” “Tell me what’s going on” (literally enlighten me, tell me so I can see)
*Dímelo? – sort of like “What’s happenin'”, “How are you?”, used much when answering the phone
*¡Diachi! – it’s a way to soften the word diablo (devil). Used in place of the word damn ie: “Diache! You look good” or Diache! I stubbed my toe. Also can be astonished or surprised. (gracias Tito for the definition)
*Dios te Bendigas – God bless you respond with “Amen”)
*Dí que – similar to saying “uhhmm”…in place of a pause in a sentence, uh el Dueño, el Amo – Landlord, Boss
*Dry Clean – to clean up yourself especially before a party or after going to the beach
*Chata – when a person has a flat behind, no bum. It is the small back pocket sized alcohol bottle. Many men carry a chata in their pocket
*Chatica – the flat bottles of rum that easily fit into a pocket
*Checkear – to check, investigate
*Chele – Centavo, penny
*Chepa – stroke of luck,”que chepa!”Que Cheposo!”-“what luck”
*Cherchar – to talk in an animated way. Came from people gathering after church
*Chichí – a baby boy
*Chichigua – kite
*Chicle – chicklet, the gum
*Chimicuí – can be a bad odor or a bad looking face
*Chin – a little bit “chin chin” (“dame un chin” – give me a little bit)
*Chininin o Chililin – a very little bit, smaller than chin
*Chinchilín – blackbird-used to describe a really bad odor
*Chivirica – (popularised by urban artists 2012) A woman who likes to flirt too much and likes to provoke men. Can also be a woman that always causes problems and makes scandals.
*Chivito harto de jobo – (pronounced-chivito jartuejobo) someone that thinks their important but really they are no one
*Chivo – goat, to be suspicious of something. doubtful, doesn’t have trust in a person (cabra)
*Choka – when someone offers their fist in a hello – fist pump
*Chol – Shorts, Short Pants
*Chon – (the opposite of “chin”). A lot, much, a large amount of something.
*Chopa – a not nice word meaning a cleaning lady or domestic servant. It is very rude to call someone this
*Chopo – a person of the lowest class- very rude (do not call anyone this)
*Chula – sugar mama, a term of endearment used frequently in the streets.
*Chulea – to cover with kisses
*Chuquiteo or Chucky – (made popular by urban music 2021) It is the use of drugs causing a feeling of exaltation, aggressiveness and impulsiveness. A state of mind that makes a person look for or start violence or violent behaviors.
*Cicote – foot odor
*Cielito – (literally little piece of heaven) used to describe a small tip that is customarily given as a reward