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It’s fun to learn a new language. Try these descriptive words and go out and use them in your conversations today.

 

agringado — having adopted a gringo style of speaking

 

alborotado — can mean rowdy, riotous or noisy; agitated or excited; hasty or reckless; or even horny, like a dog in heat

 

codo — Literally “elbow,” but used to mean miserly, cheap, frugal

 

concho — rude, mean, ill-mannered

 

dejado — “left,” meaning neglected, as someone’s looks or hygiene, or like a car that’s not maintained

 

espantoso — “scary,” meaning ugly, filthy or terrible

 

estresado — stressed out

 

lavado, limpio — “washed,” “clean,” meaning broke, out of money

 

necio — annoying. “No sea tan necio, déjame en paz” — “Don’t be so annoying, leave me alone.”

 

ostinado — desperate or fed up

 

Words to Call Children

 

bebé — baby

 

güila — child; “un güila,” a boy; “una güila,” a girl

 

chamaca/chamaco — girl, boy

 

chica/chiquilla/chico/chiquillo — girl, boy

 

mocoso — “snotty-nosed,” an uncomplimentary word for a child; a brat

 

muchacha/muchacho — girl, boy

 

niña/niño — girl, boy

 

pelado — hairless, meaning a child

 

tierroso — covered in dirt, meaning a small child

 

tripudo — pot-bellied; a chubby child

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