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Spanish slang for girl is the fifth suggestion that Google gives you when you type in the phrase “Spanish slang for” in the search box. In English and in Spanish making reference to “a girl” can range from a newborn baby up to a women in her twenties. Lets start with the basics; here are two sets of basic Spanish words that are more general and commonly used everywhere:
1. niña or nena:
This is the most generic for “girl” and it can be use for a baby and teenagers. Example:
María dio a luz una niña. / María dio a luz una nena.
María gave birth to a girl.
2. muchacha or chica:
A young woman, in my opinion in her late teens and twenties. Example:
Las muchachas se reunieron en la universidad. / Las chicas se reunieron en la universidad.
The girls met at the university.
41 Examples of Spanish Slang for Girl
When revising the following examples of Spanish slang for girl, you will notice that some words means more than girl or teenager. In some cases are the equivalent colloquial expressions for “chick” or highlight the attractiveness of a young woman. In addition, some of the terms are also use to refer to “a girlfriend.”
1. bicha: In the Dominican Republic is a term of endearment for little girl.
2. botija: Uruguay. The same word can be used also for boy, young boy or son.
3. cabra: Costa Rica
4. chama: Used in Venezuela and Nicaragua for young girl. You might also hear the diminutive chamita.
5. chamaca: Mexico, Guatelama, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic Peru, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. This word is also used in the masculine form chamaco and the diminutive chamaquito or chamaquita.
6. changa: In Bolivia and some parts of Argentina it can be either a young girl or adolescent. The masculine form is chango.
7. chava: Use in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Bolivia. In Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua also means a girlfriend. The masculine form is chavo.
8. chavala: Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Spain
9. chibola: Peru and Ecuador. The masculine form is chibolo.
10. chiqueta: Use in Spain and comes from the Catalan xiqueta.
11. cipota: Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The masculine form is cipote. In El Salvador it is also a fiancé.
12. doña: In Costa Rica this word can be use for girl or woman, but also for a girlfriend, wife or lover.
13. galla: Galla is the feminine form from gallo in Chile. Galla means chick or babe.
14. gata: Puerto Rico
15. girla: Puerto Rico
16. guacha: Use in Chile and Uruguay and for a hot chick. In Argentina it is a young girl. In Chile you might hear the diminutive guachita.
17. guial: Comes from the English “girl” and is used in Panama and Puerto Rico.
18. güila: In Costa Rica this word has several other uses such as: girlfriend, friend or daughter.
19. gurisa: Uruguay and Argentina. The masculine form for boy is gurí.
20. hembra: In Costa Rica this word can be use for girl or woman, but also for a girlfriend.
21. huerca: Used for a girl in the northern part of Mexico. For boy, use the masculine form huerco.
22. jamba: Used in Spain and comes from the caló language.
23. jeva: In Honduras, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Venezuela it is used to refer to a young women. An alternate spelling is jeba. In Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Ecuador it is specifically used for an attractive woman. In other countries, like for example Honduras and Puerto Rico, jeva is a word for girlfriend.
24. loca: Costa Rica
25. lola: A teenager, young person in Chile. The masculine form is lolo.
26. machetona: In Mexico and Guatemala it is a tomboy.
27. mami: In Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico it is an attractive girl.
28. mina: Used in Argentina, Paraguay and Chile
29. morra: Morra, and also the masculine morro, is used in the northen part of Mexico.
30. pava: In Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Paraguay it is a young girl or adolescent. Also used in the masculine form pavo.
31. pebeta: In Argentina and Paraguay it is a girl or adolescent. The masculine form is pebete.
32. pelada: Colombia, Ecuador and Bolvia (East). The masculine form is pelado.
33. pendeja: In Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay it is used for girl, young girl or adolescent. The masculine form is pendejo and you need to be careful with this term, because it can be insulting in other countries.
34. pescada: In Chile it is a chick with a hot body, but has an ugly face, in English the word butterface is sometimes used (as in everything But Her Face).
35. piba: Is the feminine for pibe and is commonly used in Argentina, but also in Uruguay, Bolivia and Spain.
36. pija: According to a list of Spanish slang terms from the School of Humanities of the University of California, pija and the masculine form pijo is “an insult given to yuppies from Spain with no fixed age implied. Most often a pijo or pija is within his or her late teens to early thirties.”
37. tía: Spain
38. un vagón: A phrase for a beautiful woman, a hot babe or chick in Argentina. Another similar phrase is un camión.
39. vieja: Costa Rica
40. yal or yala: Puerto Rico
41. yegua: In Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile is a hot babe or chick.
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