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In this edition of our Dominican English Dictionary, we bring you a new Dominican word, as always, you will find several examples with which we try to explain in the best way possible these words used daily by Dominicans.

Dominicans are a creative people, something which is especially evident, in the way we talk – often using words that are not listed in the dictionary.

Now we introduce you to a very common Dominican word specially when you want to express that a person, animal or thing is damaged or in bad shape …


“Deguabinao” means “in bad shape”, or “tired” It is often used when an object is about to move into a state of uselessness.

For a better understanding, next we present some of the synonyms this word has:

  • lack of strength
  • fatigued
  • Stressed
  • Damaged
  • Ruined
  • Broken
  • Useless
  • Destroyed
  • Worn out
  • Old

And the list continues…

Example 1:

Estoy deguabinao/ I’m really tired.

Example 2:

No te sientes en ese mueble que está deguabinao/ Don’t sit on that couch because it is broken.

Example 3:

Juan cayó deguabinao de la escalera/ Juan fell down the stairs awfully.