Peruvian Slang – the slang from Peru!
This is a list of Spanish slang from Peru that will definitely come in handy as you travel through the wonderful country of Peru. Many of the peruvian slang words and phrases from Peru also come from the native ‘Indian’ languages that are spoken in the region. Not al of them can truly be classified as Spanish. Have fun!
1) Peruvian Slang: a la tela
English: elegant dress or formal wear
2) Peruvian Slang: achorado
English: an individual with a defiant character.
3) Peruvian Slang: al polo
English: very cold (in particular to drinks)
4) Peruvian Slang: altiplano
English: The high flatlands which surround Lake Titicaca.
5) Peruvian Slang: b
6) Peruvian Slang: arranchar
English: to enrapture
7) Peruvian Slang: arruga
8) Spanish Slang: auqui
English: The heir to the Inca throne.
9) Spanish Slang: bamba
English: a fake or imitation
10) Spanish Slang: blanquita
11) Spanish Slang: botánica
12) Spanish Slang: cabro/cabrilla
English: a male with feminine characteristics
13) Spanish Slang: cachar
English: to have sexual relations.
14) Spanish Slang: cachuelo
English: a temporary job.
15) Spanish Slang: cajón
English: A box made of wood which uses a sound hole and is used in music of Afro-Peruvian origins.
16) Spanish Slang: calabacita
English: cabeza vacía, persona vacua
17) Spanish Slang: campesino
18) Spanish Slang: cáncer
English: cigarette or tobacco product
19) Spanish Slang: caña
20) Spanish Slang: cañacero
English: A drunk who consumes inexpensive liquor.
21) Spanish Slang: carabina
22) Spanish Slang: causa
English: the term for friend which is used between men
23) Spanish Slang: cholo
English: Referring to a person who is mestizo.
24) Spanish Slang: coca cola
25) Spanish Slang: cocho/a
26) Spanish Slang: cofla
27) Spanish Slang: coima
English: comisión que se da para obtener algo en forma illegal – bribe.
28) Spanish Slang: coimero.
English: a person who receives a bribe
29) Spanish Slang: corredgidor
English: This was the crown envoy during colonial times who was the administrator of Indian labor.
30) Spanish Slang: cojudo
English: a strong insult
31) Spanish Slang: como cancha.
English: a lot
32) Spanish Slang: corvina
33) Spanish Slang: costilla
34) Spanish Slang: criollada
English: deceit, fraud, trick
35) Spanish Slang: chaira.
English: knife, dagger
36) Spanish Slang: chancay.
English: to have sex
37) Spanish Slang: chancar
38) Spanish Slang: chancón.
English: a studious person
39) Spanish Slang: chancha
English: charity, cooperation
40) Spanish Slang: chancho
English: belch , rear end, butt.
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