Colombia is a beautiful and colorful country with many places to explore and enjoy. And their language is just as rich as their sites.
If you want to have a true Colombian experience and immerse yourself in their culture, you should learn Colombian Spanish. This includes learning and understanding the Colombian swear words.
Swear words are part of people’s everyday lives. They don’t only use it to insult others, but also as general expressions of frustration when something goes wrong. And, if you know them, you could understand if someone is being rude to you.
Or you could use them as well and pass as a native. So, here are 15 Colombian Spanish swear words for you to learn.
15 Colombian Swear Words
1. Hijueputa / Jueputa
This is a very common insult. It’s the short version of “hijo de puta”, widely used in other Latin American countries. But in Colombia they use more “hijueputa”. It’s a strong word, used to offend someone else. It’s like saying “son of a bitch”.
It can be used when you don’t like someone, or someone is a bad or mean person. Or even when someone scares you and your immediate reaction is calling them that.
Literally, this word means “gonorrhea”. Yes, this is the name of a disease. But in Colombia it’s also a common swear word. It’s used to insult someone that’s a bad, mean person. It can also be used to say that a situation was really bad and unpleasant.
3. Care chimba
“Chimba” is a vulgar way to refer to the vagina, and “care” comes from “cara de” (face of). So, “care chimba” means “cara de chimba”. “Care chimba” is used as an insult towards someone that you don’t like because of their horrible attitude.
Beware, because “chimba” can also be used in a nice way, to say that a woman is beautiful or something is good.
4. Care monda
This is very much like “cara chimba”. “Monda” is another word for “penis”. And “care” is short for “cara de” (face of). It’s used to insult someone.
Used to refer to someone that is despicable or useless. It can work as a synonym of “gonorrea”.
This can be used as “faggot”. But it’s also used to refer to a bad person.
7. Malparido (a)
In Spanish “mal” means “bad”, and “parir” is to give birth. So, “malparido” could mean someone that’s been given birth to in a bad way. But it’s actually an insult. “Malparido” is used to refer to someone that’s a really bad person.
Malparido is for men. Malparida is for women.
This is a person that is constantly flattering someone else, or revealing someone’s secrets to another person, to receive their praise. It’s a bootlicker.
In Spanish “lámpara” means “lamp”. But in Colombian Spanish it can also be used to refer to someone that is conceited or big headed. And someone that tries to be something that he/she is not, and wants to be the center of attention.
“Zunga” is used as the insult “whore”.
11. Guiso (a)
In Spanish, “guiso” is a type of food usually drowned in sauce. But in Colombian Spanish, it can also be an insult. It’s used to refer to someone that doesn’t have a good education and lacks good manners.
It’s also used to refer to people that don’t have good taste in fashion, so they dress badly. It’s usually used for someone of low resources that tries to pretend otherwise.
“Guiso” is for men; “guisa” is for women.
In Spanish, “sapo” literally means “toad”. But in Colombia it’s also used to say that someone is very gossipy. For example: if your brother is always hearing your conversations with your friends, you could tell him that he’s a “sapo”.
Or if your coworker reveals to your boss something bad that you did, he/she is also a “sapo”.
13. Güevón / Huevón
In some parts of Latin America, like Mexico or Guatemala, “huevón” is a vulgar way to say that someone is lazy. In Colombia, it’s more like a person of “slow thinking” or dull; it’s someone silly.
For things it is something that has no worth. For people, it’s used for a really bad person, and someone that has no values.
Used to refer to someone that is badly dressed, speaks badly, and stinks; it’s usually a derogatory term for homeless people. It can be said between friends to refer to someone that has the style of a “ñero”.
Beware, because it can also be a friendly word, as it can be a shortened word for “compañero” (buddy). You’ll distinguish the meaning by the context.
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