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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