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In honor of #flashbackfriday we are bringing back an oldie but a goodie… Our Dominican-English dictionary! In the past, we posted regular articles that helped our readers understand some of the most popular “Dominican” words and phrases, expanding, and refining their local vocabulary with something interesting, but also very useful! 

‘Dominican’ isn’t exactly a real language, but it has enough dialects and unique words and phrases to confuse even the most fluent Spanish (or rather non-Dominican) speaker and even some Dominicans! As with dialects in any other country, ‘Dominican’ can be colorful and at times a tad confusing.

So, for better communication within this wonderland that is the Dominican Republic, we will introduce common words in ‘Dominican’ that might be helpful for everyday use when talking in Spanish, or at least to help understand Dominicans! 

We hope that these posts will be of some help, interest, and amusement! Let’s get started…

Word of the week:

To begin this new edition of our dictionary, we have “Buquí or Buki”, pronounced “boo-key”. It means “a person who eats a lot and is never satisfied. Insatiable” Let’s practice:

  1. ¡Pedro, pero tu eres un buquí! ¡Te comiste toda la picadera! – Pedro you are insatiable! You ate all of the snacks!
  2. Pero ese hombre es un buquí, siempre esta comiendo – That man is insatiable, he’s always eating.


Words we’ve learned:

Desacatao,Dique/Dizquegaviarse;jumo,guayarse,deguabinao,jartura,yeyo,chepa,dique,empepillar,moriqueta,decricaje,motete,pintatimbí,clavochapusero,manganzóntitua,jociador, pecozón,pariguayochivatoquillao,bultero,agallú,arranca’o,apero,amemao,bojote,boche,tiguere, guamaso,chichón,pelelengua,batatas,coro,detaltalaocarajito,arretao,chin,aficiao and many more!

If you’ve missed out on any of your classes, you have time to catch up by clicking on these links. and if you have any suggestions for a word or a phrase that you need help understanding, just email us at