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Dominican English Dictionary: Agallú

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DDAgalluV1-26-14Another week and we keep refining our Dominican vocabulary, our goal is to provide you, our dear readers something fun, but also very necessary for better communication within this wonderland that is the Dominican Republic.

Our hope is to facilitate a better understanding between Dominicans and foreigners, which is why we’re bringing you one Dominican word per week, to help you comprehend our unusual yet creative form of speech.

The word of this week is “Agallú”. Briefly we could say that “Agallu” is synonymy of  a”selfish”, “hoarder”, “greedy” or ambitious person.  In the Dominican Republic we use this to call the kind of people who are not satisfied with want they have and always want more, whether that’s food, clothing or money.

Here are some definitions of Agallú.


1 – “Agallú” is attributed to a person who wants to keep everything and likes things in exaggerated amounts.

2 – An “Agallú” can be a person who shares very little or nothing. These kind of people want everything for themselves without thinking of others.

Example 1:

Dominican 1:  ¿Que le pasó a Carlos anoche en la fiesta?/ What happened to Carlos at the party last night?

Dominican 2: Oh, que le dio una indigestión por ser tan “agallú”/ Oh, he had an attack of indigestion for being so greedy with the food.

Example 2:

 Si continuas siendo “agallu” nadie confiará en ti / If you continue being a hoarder no one will trust you.

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