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Dominican English Dictionary: Manganzón

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ManganzonWe hope you have put into practice or heard the Dominican words published every Saturday, we would note that so far we have used 16 typical Dominican words and yet we still have many many more. So, do not forget to follow them each week!

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

So you can better understand the word of this week, let’s do an example; imagine a man between forty or fifty years old who keeps playing and relaxing in the street with the teenagers, this type of person is usually called “manganzón” in the Dominican Republic.


1-“Manganzón” is a combination of the English word “man” and the French word “garçon” (“boy” in English) here in the Dominican Republic we merge these words and attribute it to an immature person.

2-“Manganzón” is a person primarily male who looks like an adult, but his behavior and attitudes denote that he is still a child.

Example 1:

Dominican 1:  ¿Conoces el nuevo novio de Claudia? / Do you know Claudia’s new boyfriend?

Dominican 2  Lo ví ayer pero me parece muy manganzónI saw him yesterday but it seems like a very immature guy

Example 2:

Dificilmente consigas un trabajo si sigues de manganzón / It’s hard to get a job if you don’t grow up

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, motete, pinta, timbí, clavo, chapusero 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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