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

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