Argentine Slang – the slang form Argentina!
Argentina is arguably the most romantic of all Spanish speaking countries with the capital Buenos Aires and the Tango and Evita… need we mention more? The Spanish in Argentina has its very own characteristics and the pronunciation is very distinctly different from that in other places. The Spanish Slang from Argentina is also very unique to the region. Many examples of which you will find below.
1) Argentine Slang: año verde
English: an imaginary time where extraordinary things happen
2) Argentine Slang: arriba
English: fig. the higher spheres of power
3) Argentine Slang: atorrante/a
English: (being) a scum, a good-for-nothing, someone who leads a useless life
4) Argentine Slang: autobombo
5) Spanish Slang: baboso/a
English: a skirt-chaser (also the same sense applied to women), lusty
6) Spanish Slang: bacán
English: a person who lives or enjoys living a comfortable life and being served
7) Spanish Slang: bagarto
English: 1 alt. form of bagayo; 2 [rare] a burden, a problem left on one’s hands
8) Spanish Slang: bagayo
English: an ugly person
9) Spanish Slang: bancar
English: to support, to be supportive of, to help
10) Argentine Slang: bárbaro/a
English: great, very good, spectacularly good
11) Argentine Slang: basurear
English: treat someone badly, esp. in a consistent fashion
12) Spanish Slang: birra
English: beer, a bottle of beer
13) Spanish Slang: bolazo
English: exaggeration, obvious lie, bs
14) Spanish Slang: bolonqui
English: syllable inversion of quilombo
15) Spanish Slang: boludez
English: a stupid thing, a foolish or rash action
16) Spanish Slang: bombo
English: the swollen belly of a pregnant woman
17) Spanish Slang: bondi
18) Spanish Slang: buenudo/a
English: naive, easy to take advantage of, stupid
19) Spanish Slang: cábala
English: a token of luck, a ritual action that must be performed or a thing that must be carried or worn to bring good luck
20) Spanish Slang: cagar
English: to disappoint, fail to comply on
21) Argentine Slang: calzado/a
English: armed, carrying a weapon
About Spanish Slang:
There are more than 350 million people on this planet that speak Spanish as their first language. Every day, every where, the language of the streets evolves and new Spanish slang is born. This websites is a great Spanish slang collection that aims to gather all the slang from all the countries in the Spanish speaking world.
The language can be very different from one place to the other. As an example, in Spain you will often here the ‘slang’ word “tio” to mean ‘dude’. However, in Mexico you would seldom hear tio in this context. You would rather hear ‘guei’.
You see, learning Spanish comes in many different stages, and right from the start it is important to learn the formal language as well as the slang, or the language ‘as spoken by the people’.
You need to be aware of the fact, that Spanish slang is often so commonly used that you can hardly call it slang anymore. This doesn’t mean however, that you can ignore the rules of formal language when speaking Spanish. Please thrive to be kind and educated at all times.
This site is an attempt to collect all the Spanish slang in the world and make it easy to trace, look-up and learn it via this website.
Feel free to contribute to the collection as it should be ever expanding.
Happy Spanish learning!
Saludos, the Spanish-Slang Team
Some background about Argentine Slang you can find here.