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WORDS LETTER D
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Nigerian

Word

Continuous Meaning

ENGLISH

NIGERIAN

 

 

 

 D.

 

 

 dabaru

 

  spoil

 dada

 

  dreadlocks

 dagbo

 

  fake; something that has been forged; falsified or done in an inappropriate way and manners.

 damask

 

  damask For those who do not know what damask looks like, it is an ornamented fabric with special pattern. It has a hard, paper-like texture, which softens after series of washings. Back in the 60s, damask was used to sew iro and buba as well as danshiki. Today, it is being limited to ipele, gele and fila, probably because it is expensive. {Very similar to standard dictionary definitions; consult expert for differences.}

 dampy

 

  damp

 danfo

 

  passengers bus

 danfo

 

  used to describe an ugly bus; most of which are VW Combi buses or really old school buses that have gone through a lot - accidents; panel-beating; rusting; and more accidents {e.g. Mr Man, are you the danfo driver? Oga conductor, this danfo na serious one o!}

 danfo

 

  van used for passenger transport {Yoruba}

 danfo driver

 

  bus driver

 danga

 

  fight

 danshiki

 

  man's loose, short gown {Hausa}

 dash

 

  gift

 dash

 

  to give a gift or bride; given for free is this a dash? to give; for free Dash me this thing!.

 dat

 

  that

 dat one na grammar

 

  phrase of dismissal to show that something is not practical or too complex, or maybe just impossible {e.g. dat one na grammar, now you fix the gen or the machine}

 dead stone

 

  any stone that looks hard but breaks easily he found to his surprise it was dead stone calque from matace dutse

 deadness

 

  complete silence at night that night, there was complete deadness; impotence the deadness of his penis concerns him

 deal on

 

  to deal in; She deals on cloth

 dealer on

 

  dealer in; Dealer on electrical equipments

 deck out; barf up

 

  dressed up

 deep

 

  complex or pure form of a language; He is speaking deep Nupe.

 defile the air

 

  to fart Who is defiling the air? schoolboy euphemism

 deleb palm

 

  fan-palm

 delete

 

  to die or get killed

 deliver

 

  to give birth my sister has delivered my sister has given birth My wife has delivered a male child.

 dem

 

  them

 dem say dem say

 

  hearsay; gossipers or rumour mongers

 dembele

 

  a big fool

 demo

 

  show off or use style on someone

 demurrage

 

  a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure

 denge

 

  show off

 denge

 

  this word means to show off

 denge pose

 

  posing or showing off

 depe

 

  total stupid person

 dey

 

  to be; to be alive; to exist plenty; dey there is plenty; God dey Proverbial exclamation more pidgin than Nigerian English proper; in the process of doing something

 dey bambam

 

  very comfortable

 dey brekete

 

  plenty

 dey don talk am

 

  they have said it

 dey flex

 

  enjoy

 dey go

 

  keep going or leave

 dey kakraka

 

  very strong

 dezgi

 

  show off; behaving as if not concerned or interested

 Di guyman tank tomashanko finish; e put head for road

 

  After the boy drank the native gin, he left

 dia

 

  their

 die

 

  die/pass on

 die

 

  so much; too much; to cease functioning; to no longer work; the moto has died.

 die it

 

  forget the matter or bone the talk

 die-it

 

  shut up

 dirts

 

  dirt sweep away these dirts

 dis

 

  this

 disarm

 

  to steal

 discuss

 

  to discuss {mentioning no topic} We discussed for a long time

 disting

 

  for 'This thing' but used generically for anything whose name has been forgotten tight the disting i.e. tighten the nut Pidgin

 distributor

 

  a woman/girl who is a source of STD {sexually transmitted diseases}

 disturb

 

  to annoy, to irritate, but not disturb in the Standard English sense he is disturbing me too much.

 disvirgin

 

  to deflower {a virgin} girls never forget the man who disvirgined them

 dive

 

  to overreact

 do

 

  used to emphasise present continuous periodic conflicts do occur

 do interj

 

  used as equivalent to 'please' by some old-fashioned speakers Do, allow me to close early

 do quick

 

  hurry up

 doctor

 

  any expert watch-doctor watch-repairer.

 dodo

 

  fried plantain {ripe plantain only}; Musa paradisiaca {Yoruba}

 dodo

 

  masquerade or other spiritual entity performed by non-Muslims in the north they are doing dodo today {Hausa}

 doing

 

  happening. Either in the phrase anything doing or nothing doing Archaic

 doke

 

  to have sex with.

 dokita

 

  doctor

 doll baby

 

  a dumb person

 doll-baby

 

  doll

 dommot

 

  house; abode

 domot

 

  your area; your main living quarters; it's never a house sha; usually lived in by university students or touts with restrictions on money; derived from the word door mouth {e.g. comot for my domot were! - meaning... leave my area idiot!}

 don

 

  past tense; to have completed something

 donatus

 

  a woman/girl with many sex partners

 dorti

 

  dirty; to get drunk

 doti-doti

 

  dirtiness; always dirty

 double face

 

  two-facedness; He is a man of double face

 doum

 

  dum palm French spelling used widely in the far North

 douse...on

 

  to pour on She took a gallon containing kerosene, doused some on the girl's hands and laps and set her ablaze

 download

 

  defecate

 down-wine

 

  wine tapped from a fallen or felled oil or raphia palm

 dowry

 

  marriage-payment in either direction, thus equal to brideprice

 dox

 

  to have sexual intercourse. Usually of the mind blowing way or to someone surprise

 draw

 

  mucilaginous; We are enjoying draw soup typically in the expression 'draw soup', a sauce made from sticky vegetables such as okra and Jew's mallow.

 draw

 

  to form long mucilaginous strings {of sauce} This soup draws well.

 dress

 

  adjust; to move aside; make room

 dress

 

  any type of formal or elaborate clothing for either sex He is putting on his dress he is putting on formal clothes.

 dress

 

  to decorate, embellish dressing of Danfo {Lagos sign}

 dress up

 

  to dress not equal to dress smartly

 drink

 

  to ingest esp. medicine and including tablets etc. I have a terrible headache. I'm going to drink two Panadol and go to bed? calque from Hausa sha magani

 drive

 

  to chase away {often jocular} I came to visit you and now you are driving me! I won't come again.

 drive

 

  to instigate or be the cause of someone or something going away

 driver

 

  someone who is hired to drive a person or family around; chauffeur

 drop

 

  section of route regularly plied by taxi or bus with a standard fare from here to the junction is two drops; hire of a taxi by a single customer/group; Drop is how much?

 drop {down}

 

  to get down from a vehicle; we are dropping {down} here we are getting down here.

 dry

 

  means not funny or not interesting

 dub

 

  to copy

 dubbing

 

  copying in an exam with variations, contrast rank xerox

 duck-fowl

 

  duck

 dudu

 

  black

 dulling

 

  your bored or something is boring

 dumadu

 

  local ice cream Substandard ice cream

 dundee united

 

  stupid or idiot

 dust

 

  to blow something or someone out of the water; usually used to express the incomparable gap between two people in a race {e.g. You saw tat race... Charity Opara-Thompson dust Veronica Campbell-Brown for dat race oh!}



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