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Spanish Slang Dictionary





This dictionary is a comprehensive and in-depth look at all the slang, vulgarisms, curses, and insults, plus idioms, expressions, and a lot more, available in Spanish. If you enjoy Latin American films, television, or whatever, you'll find many of the words and phrases used in here. As always with slang, be careful using what you hear; it may not work quite the way you expect.

A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V Y Z


la gran flauta
idiom. my God!. (used to express surprise or disbelief)

la mili
n.f. compulsory military service in Spain. (abbreviated from: servicio militar)

ladrar a la luna
idiom. waste one’s breath; talk to a brick wall. (lit.: to bark at the moon)

lana
n.f. cash; dough; money. (lit.: wool; n.b.: used in Mexico)

lanudo
adj. well off; well-heeled. (used in Mexico)

largate
idiom. go away, beat it. (lit.: make oneself distant)

las andadas
n.f.pl. old habits, tricks. (lit.: the walking. Usually used with a verb like “volver a”.

leche
n.f. sperm; spunk; come. (lit.: milk)

leche
n.f. slap in the face; insult. (lit.: milk; n.b.: used to indicate disgust or frustration)

ligar
v. pick up (someone); score. (used in Spain)

ligue
n.m. casual fling or relationship. (used in Spain)

lío
n.m. affair; fling. (used in Spain)

lío
n.m. mess; disaster

llegar a deshora
idiom. show up unexpectedly

llegar a tiempo
idiom. arrive on time; be on time

llegar a un acuerdo
idiom. come to an agreement; reach an agreement

llegar tarde
idiom. arrive late; be late

llevar a alguien en andas
idiom. carry someone on one’s shoulders. (lit.: to carry someone on a portable platform. An “andas” literally refers to a portable platform)

llevar a cabo
idiom. carry out; pull off; make happen. (lit.: to carry to end)

llevar juntos
idiom. be together; be involved; be a couple

llevarse bien
idiom. get along well

llevarse de miedo
idiom. get along famously; get along really well

lo antes possible
idiom. as soon as possible

lompas
n.m. pants; slacks. (reversed form of pantalones)

look
n.m. look, appearance. (n.b.: from the English word, and used varying in Spanish)

lorca
n.m. heat; warmth. (revrersed form; note: hace lorca is the same as hace calor, it's warm/hot out)

loro
n.m. ugly woman; old bag; old bat; hag. (lit.: parrot)

loro
n.m. radio; radiocassette. (lit.: parrot)

los de arriba
idiom. the people on top; the upper crust. (lit.: those above)

los pros y las contras
idiom. the pros and the cons

lotería
idiom. bingo; got it. (n.b.: said when finding something or experiencing a stroke of good luck)


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