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Babawilly's Dictionary of
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Dabaru: Spoil.
Dada:
Dread locks. Also called Bob Marley.
Damn:
To rudely cut short someone who is speaking . Also Idanminashon.
Dance blues:
Slow dance with couple in each other's arms. Also Hold tight.
Danfo:
VW Combi bus.
Dash:
1. Gift 2. Bribe.
Dat:
That.
Dat na question?:
Rebuff to a silly question.
Dat one na grammar:
That is not practical.
Deck:
1. Dress very well e.g Di bobo deck o, ah-ah. 2. Punch to the ground e.g Man go deck you o! 3.To sit down relaxed. E.g See e deck for chair laik na im get am.
Decks:
Fine clothes. Also Deckeez. See Baffs.
Declare:
1. Pay for a round of drinks. 2. Buy new item e.g. Di guy don declare new jeep o! Also Declaration and Declare shows.
Dem:
1. Them. 2. They.
Dem-dem:
A group of people with an affiliation such as students or soldiers.
Dem no born you reach:
Threat or dare meaning "Don’t even think about it".
Dem no send me message:
I will not get involved.
Dem send you?:
Have you been sent to torment me?
Denge:
Strike a fine pose.
Dey:
1. Is e.g. wetin dey happun 2. Location e.g. where you dey 3. Stance in the matter e.g. which one you dey sef. 4. In existence 5. Spectacular e.g. dat car dey well-well.
Dey go:
Keep on going.
Dey laik Dele:
( Dele is a Yoruba name) 1. I am barely surviving e.g Man juss Dey laik Dele. 2. Being idle e.g You juss dey there laik Dele . Also - Standing like Standard Bank, Looking like Lucozade and Dey like you no dey.
Dey there now:
1 Keep on in self deceit 2 It is there at present.
Deshine:
Public humiliation.
Die for:
In love with.
Di:
The.
Di thing wey mai eye see, mi mouth no fit talk am:
Words fail me.
Dia:
1.Their 2. Dear or expensive eg Dat moto too dia.
Different eye:
Individual variations on interpreting what is seen.
Different different:
Assorted e.g Na different different kain fish dey inside dat soup.
Dig am out:
Fight e.g We two go dig am out.
Diopka:
Elderly wise one.
Direct entry:
(Obsolete as A-Levels no more in place in Nigeria) Gaining admission into University after A-Level examination. JAMB examination not done in this case. See JAMB.
Dis:
This.
Dishi:
Embarrass. See Deshine.
Do:
Participate e.g. I no do again. 2. Afflicting one's health e.g. Wetin dey do am?
Do anyhow:
Unruly.
Do betta:
Show us the colour of your money. See Shake bodi.
Do quick:
Hurry up!.
Do river:
Well done. Joke using the word ‘river’ as opposed to ‘well’.
Do well:
Well done e.g you do well.
Dodo:
Fried plantain
Dodge:
1. Avoiding someone 2. Escape e.g. man juss dodge comot.
Doing laik dis:
Acting this way e.g. Why are you doing laik dis now?
Don:
1. Has e.g. e don come. 2. Has it? E.g. e don come? 3. Have e.g. I don tell am (present tense) 4. Have e.g. I don been tell am (Past tense).
Don run:
Has ran away.
Donatus:
(Derisory) One in habit of giving their services to others for free. Derived from- donate.
Done:
Cooked e.g. yua own done?
Dormot:
1 Door mat 2 Area in front of main door to house.
Dorti-dorti:
Garbage.
Dorti slap:
dirty slap Hard slap across the face.
Doz bin:
Garbage can.
Drain duck:
Cleaners employed by Lagos state government to clean un block public gutters.
Draiv:
1. Drive 2.Chase away.
Draiva:
Driver.
Draw:
Slimy e.g Di Okra soup draw well well.
Draw bodi take:
1. Withdraw 2. Make hasty exit. 3. Avoiding getting drawn into a dicey situation.
Draw my throat:
1 Stimulate my appetite 2 Entice me.
Draw rain:
Make an empty boast. Also Rake and Shakara.
Draw soup:
Slimy soup usually containing Okra.
Dress:
1. Any kind of clothing. 2. Move your butt.
Drink garri:
1.In trouble e.g. you go drink garri today.2. Meal of garri and water. See Soak garri.
Drop:
1. A taxi journey e.g Oga, na fifty Naira per drop. 2. To alight from a bus. 3. Pay up 4. Monetary bribe.
Dros:
Voluminous underwear.
Dry:
1 Slim person.
Dub:
1. Make extra copy of music tape 2. Copy neighbour's work during examination.
Dudu:
Dark skinned person.
Dundi:
Fool.

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