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When I was in the Dominican, I heard men referred to as 'tigres'... I took it to mean that they were flirts, but I never really got a good definition. Can anyone explain how calling a man a tigre would translate into English?.. in Dominican slang or otherwise!

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Just to add to the different answers. Keep in mind that in slang, mainly in Spain but also in other countries, "el trigre" is also a way to refer the toilet, usually when it's not exactly a clean one. So if you want to use "tigre" beware with your wordings and with the context of your phrases – Bardo Apr 24 at 12:09

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I must agree with most of, if not all the definitions provided by the other poster. A tigre or tiguere translates into:

  • a street smart
  • a thug
  • a gangster
  • a very wise guy for good (or for bad)
  • a shark
  • even a very intelligent person

It depends on the context when you use the word tigre which I use a lot when talking among Dominicans.

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Just returned from the Dominican Republic this week - the small town of Guerra to be exact where they explained tigre (tiguere is the animal there) and Tiguerona to me. It definitely is used with a good connotation as well as a bad one. Doesn't always have to be negative. A person who is wise and street smart and someone who will take advantage of the situation be that both GOOD or bad. A shark is probably a good English parallel (like a card shark). Either way the person is wise and smart ... now whether the tigre or tiguerona uses his strengths for good or for bad is to be determined. I definitely watched them use tigre or tiguerona as a compliment as well!! Good stuff!! :)

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The basic connotation of Tigre is the English version of a 'bad boy', 'bad ass', 'wise guy' or 'shark'.

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I lived in the Dominican Republic for a couple of years and I heard it used in a few different instances (used both in negative and jokingly positive ways):

Troublemakers in the street (members of gangs, etc.)



Bold or daring person (men mostly)

It is also occasionally used with women (tigra), but not as often. Hope that helps!

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In Spain I'd say it has a positve connotation. Calling someone 'tigre' is a friendly and casual way of praising someone:

Imagine two friend randomly meeting on the street:

  • ¿Qué pasa tigre?¿Qué haces tú por aquí?

and/or maybe cheering him up:

Imagine a soccer player that has spent the whole match sitted on the bench, now his coach picks him to play the last 10 minutes:

  • ¡Vamos tigre! ¡A por ellos!
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From a Dominican slang site

"TIGUERE or Tigre (Tee-gur-eh): n. noun., 1. Literal meaning “tiger” 2. A street corner hustler 3. A street smart character, smart-ass"

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