All The Lunfardo (Argentine) Slang Terms You Need to Know

Get to grips with what the Argentines are saying in Buenos Aires
Get to grips with what the Argentines are saying in Buenos Aires | © Rodrigo Paredes/Flickr
Sorcha O'Higgins

Argentine Spanish is a strange breed of Italian and Spanish, with hand gestures aplenty to go with it! Argentines are also heavy users of local slang, so we set you up with a basic guide to understanding most of the terms you’ll hear on a regular basis. Check it out!


Say hello the Argentine way

Che! – Hey! or Man!

Che, boludo! – Hey, man!

Como andas? – How’s it going?/How are you?

Get along with the locals in Argentina


Wacho/a (guacho/a) – Rascal, but used affectionately towards a friend

Genio/a – Genius

Capo/a – Don

Groso/a – The best

Praises or insults, depending on your relationship with the person:

Gordo/a – Fatty, but this can be affectionate (Argentines aren’t very PC!)

Negro/a – Dark-skinned person

Flaco/a – Skinny person

Cheto/a – Posh person


Copado/a – Something or someone

Canchero/a – Trendy

Buen/a pibe/a – Good guy/girl

Barbaro – Awesome

Chocho/a – If you’re really happy about something you are “chocho/a”

La posta – The best ever, the real deal

Say it like a local

Boy or girl:

Mina – Young woman

Chabon – Young man

Pibe/a – Guy/girl

Nene/a – Guy/girl

Flaco/a – Guy/girl (usually negative)


Garchar/Coger – To fuck

Chupar – To suck

Pija – Penis

Concha – Vagina

Leche – Semen (translates to milk)

Chamuyero/a – A playboy/flirty person

Say it like you mean it

Annoying or boring things or situations:

Fiaca – To not be bothered to do something

Paja – To be annoyed at the thing you have to do

Bajon – For something to be a pain in the ass

Bronca – For something to really piss you off

Embole – Something annoying or boring


Porro – Marijuana

Faso – Drugs (general)

Flores – Weed

Paraguayo – Brick weed

Falopa – Drugs (general)

Merca – Cocaine

Pepa – Acid

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