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Dominican English Dictionary: Chichón

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Chichon_Dominican_DictionaryWelcome back to our fun and educational Dominican English Dictionary, in which every week we learn more of the words that are used daily in the popular slang of the Dominican Republic, our objective is for Dominicans and foreigners to understand each other a bit better.

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 “chichón”. The word “chichón” is used by Dominicans to describe a bump, the protuberance or lump remaining after a person takes a hit, whether it is an accidental hit with an object or purposely given by someone.


When a Dominican says the word “Chichón” he or she refers to refers to the part of the body that swells after being hit. NOTE: “chichones” are exclusively in the head.

Example 1:

Dominican 1: Dude, what’s up with that bump? What happened? (usually this comment is accompanied by laughter. Us dominicans joke a lot.)

Dominican 2: Man, I was walking and using my cellphone and got too distracted and I hit my head really hard.

Example 2:

 Usually, when children misbehave and their parents decide to punish them with a “pela”, they can be cause them a “chichón” by hitting them. Although it is more common for children to get hit while playing and as a result they have left a bump.

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, motete, pinta, timbí, clavo, chapusero, manganzón, titua, jociador, pecozón, pariguayo, chivato, quillao, bultero, agallú, arranca’o, apero, amemaobojote, boche, tiguere, guamaso therefore if you missed out on any of your classes you have time to catch up by clicking on any of these links.

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