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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


machete
n.m. crib sheet. (lit.: machete)

maldita sea
idiom. damned; darned. (lit.: cursed be it; n.b.: used as a euphemism for stronger interjections and expletives)

maldita sea
idiom. damn it; darn it. (lit.: may it be damned)

mamada
n.f. blow job

mamada
n.f. binge; drinking binge

mamar
v. blow; give someone a blowjob; go down on. (lit.: to suck; can also be used to mean 'no fooling' or 'don't kid with me' in the form 'no mames')

mamarracho
n.m./f. mess; sight

mamita
n.f. baby; girl. (n.b.: colloquial/vulgar form of address by a man to a woman he finds attractive)

mamoncete
n.m. bastard; little bastard; little fuck. (n.b.: vulgar, strong insult)

mandar a paseo
idiom. tell someone to take a hike

mande
idiom. what; please; how's that. (used in Mexico as we in English say "what" when we want someone to repeat or clarify something)

manteca
n.f. heroin. (lit.: fat; animal fat)

manteca
n.f. dough; cash; money. (lit.: fat; animal fat)

mantener a raya
idiom. keep someone at bay; keep someone away

mantenerse en su sitio
idiom. stick to one's guns; stand one's ground. (lit.: maintain oneself in one's position)

mantenerse en sus trece
idiom. stick to one's guns; stand one's ground. (lit.: maintain oneself in one's thirteen)

maquillaje
n.m. massaging; fudging (accounts, financial records). (lit.: makeup)

marcha
n.f. party

marchoso/-a
adj. fun; exciting; a good time; a great time

marica
n.f. fag; faggot; gay person. (n.b.: vulgar)

maricón
n.m. faggot, gay, homo. (n.b.: used mostly in Spain, though also in Cono del Sur.

mas o menos
idiom. more or less; roughly; approximately. (lit.: more or less)

más tieso que un palo
idiom. straight; upright; bolt upright

mate
n.f. mathematics. (student slang)

mayor de edad
idiom. of age

me la trae floja
vulg. I don't give a fuck; bugger it all

me vale verga
v. I don't give a shit; I don't give a damn

mear
v. pis; pee; take a piss; take a leak

media naranja
idiom. better half; spouse, wife, partner. (lit.: half of an orange)

media pila
idiom. minimal effort; some effort; enough effort to accomplish something but no more. (lit.: half a battery)

menor de edad
idiom. underage

menos mal
idiom. just as well, good thing, thank goodness. (lit.: less bad)

mequetrefe
n.m. good-for-nothing

meter en líos
idiom. get into trouble. (lit.: to put into trouble)

meter palos en las ruedas
idiom. throw a (monkey) wrench in the works; throw a spanner in the works

meter(se) la pata
idiom. get involved; become a part of. (lit.: to put in the leg (animal’s paw))

metete un pelo en el culo
idiom. stick it up your ass

mi/tu abuela
idiom. my foot. (lit.: grandmother)

micromini
n.f. mini miniskirt; very short skirt

mientras tanto
idiom. meanwhile, in the meantime. (lit.: to the monkfish)

mierda
n.f. shit; excrement. (n.b.: vulgar; more details here)

mina
n.f. girl; woman. (used in Cono del Sur)

minita
n.f. girl; woman. (used in Cono del Sur)

miñón
adj. cute; attractive; sweet (said of women). (used in Latin American)

mirar de reojo
idiom. look at out of the corner of the eye

mirar por encima
idiom. glance at; look quickly through

momento
idiom. wait; wait a second; wait a moment. (used when asking someone to wait briefly)

mona
adj. attractive; hot; sexy (said of women). (used in Argentina)

monada
n.f. very cute or cool thing. (used in Spain)

montar un negocio
idiom. set up a business; start a business. (used in Spain)

montón
n.m. lots; bunch. (lit.: mountain)

morfa
n.f. morphine. (abbreviated form)

morfi
n.m. grub; chow; nosh. (used in Colo del Sur)

morirse de risa
idiom. die laughing

morochos
n.m. pl. twins. (used in Venezuela)

mosca
n.f. irritating person. (lit.: fly)

mostrar tino
idiom. show good sense; be right. (lit.: to show sound judgment, good sense)

muergano
n.m./f. lout; slob. (used in the Andes)

muermo/-a
adj. boring; dull; lifeless. (used in Spain)


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