126 funny Spanish words, sayings, and facts to make you smile

Spanish is not considered a difficult language for English speakers. (In fact, it might be one of the easiest for English speakers to pick up). And the good news is it gets a lot more exciting once you go beyond basic beginner skills and start communicating.

Learning new Spanish vocabulary can also be fun — no, we’re not nerds! Every language has weird words and slang, and Spanish is no exception.

If you feel like you need a little boost of amusement today, take a break from your Spanish lessons and have a look at these funny Spanish sayings and funny Spanish words. We’ve shortlisted these words and phrases because they have a hilarious literal meaning or because they just sound funny. Try to repeat them out loud!

Cuidado, ¡hay un montón! (a Spanish expression which means: “There are a lot.”)

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Funny Spanish vocab

Next time you visit a Spanish speaking country, learn a few of the funny things to say in Spanish below. Your Spanish speaking friends ¡se partirán de la risa! (funny Spanish slang which means “will crack up.”)

Funny Spanish words

Among all the fun Spanish words, “tiquismiquis” is definitely my favorite. And, even though it has a translation in other languages, it’s not exactly the same. So I just use “tiquismiquis” when I speak English or French. ¿Porqué no?

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Find your new favorite Spanish word in the table below!

Spanish Feminine / masculineIPAMeaning
antroMasculineˈantɾojoint (small, dirty place)
achucharˌat͡ʃut͡ʃˈaɾhug strongly
churroMasculinet͡ʃˈuɾɾochurro
acojonarˌakoxonˈaɾscare the s—- out of
cholloMasculinet͡ʃˈoʎogreat deal
chanchulloMasculinet͡ʃant͡ʃˈuʎoscam
agobiarˌaɣoβjˈaɾoverwhelm
ñoñoMasculineɲˈoɲonamby-pamby
chanzaFemininet͡ʃˈanθaprank
olaFeminineˈolawave
dementeMasculinedemˈɛnteinsane
genioMasculinexˈenjogenius
novatoMasculinenoβˈatorookie
peñaFemininepˈeɲagroup of people
pellizcarpˌeʎiθkˈaɾpinch
resacaFeminineɾɾesˈakahangover
tiquismiquistˌikismˈikisfussy
vacilarbˌaθilˈaɾjoke, mess with
tostónMasculinetostˈonboring
yuyúʝujjˈubad feeling
pica picaMasculinepˈika pˈikasmall meal, tapas style
madrugarmˌaðɾuɣˈaɾget up early
computadoraFemininekˌomputaðˈoɾacomputer
arrobaFeminineaɾɾˈoβaat (@)
groguiɡɾˈoɣigroggy
trámiteMasculinetɾˈamiteformality
chimichurrit͡ʃˌimit͡ʃˈuɾɾichimichurri (sauce)
macarraMasculine/Femininemakˈaɾɾathug
brujaFemininebɾˈuxawitch
bullicioMasculinebuʎˈiθjobustle
mequetrefeMasculine/Femininemˌeketɾˈefewhippersnapper
moscaFemininemˈoskafly
lecheFemininelˈet͡ʃemilk
forrarsefoɾɾˈaɾseget rich, make a lot of money
galletaFeminineɡaʎˈetacookie
murciélagoMasculinemuɾθjˈelaɣobat
mariquitaFemininemˌaɾikˈitaladybug
vituperioMasculinebˌitupˈeɾjoinsult
bizcochoMasculinebiθkˈot͡ʃocake (sponge cake style)
zigzaguearθˌiɣθaɣeˈaɾzigzag
limaFemininelimaLime
zanahoriaFemininezanaɔɾjaCarrot
tocayoMasculinetɔkɛjoA person who has the same first name as you
conchaFemininekõʃashell
ciempiésMasculinesjɑ̃pjecentipede
cebollaFemininesəbɔlaonion
patataFemininepatatapotato
mojadomɔʒadowet
arco irisMasculineaɾko iɾirainbow
horteraɔɾtəɾatacky
barbasMasculinebaɾbasomebody with a beard

Funny Spanish phrases and things to say in Spanish

What do a goat, a chicken and a turkey have in common? No, it’s not an article about animals in Spanish, these are just funny Spanish sayings!

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Spanish IPALiteral meaningActual meaning
Ser una gallinasˈer ˈuna ɡaʎˈinaTo be a henTo be a chicken
Estar en la edad del pavoestˈaɾ ˈen lˈa eðˈad dˈel pˈaβoTo be in the turkey’s ageTo be a difficult/typical teenager
Estar como una cabraestˈaɾ kˈomo ˈuna kˈaβɾaTo be like a goatTo be crazy
Tener memoria de peztenˈeɾ memˈoɾja dˈe pˈeθTo have the memory of a fishTo have bad memory
No me importa un pepino/pimientonˈo mˈe impˈoɾta ˈun pepˈino/pimjˈɛntoIt does not matter a cucumber/pepper to meI don’t care
Ser pan comidosˈer pˈan komˈiðoTo be eaten breadTo be a piece of cake
Estar de mala lecheestˈaɾ dˈe mˈala lˈet͡ʃeTo be in bad milkTo be in a bad mood
No tener ni pies ni cabezanˈo tenˈeɾ nˈi pjˈes nˈi kaβˈeθaWithout feed or headNot logic, something that doesn’t make sense
No hay colornˈo ˈa͡ɪ kolˈoɾThere is no colorYou can’t compare
Tu media naranjatˈu mˈeðja naɾˈaŋxaYour half orangeYour other half
Temblar como un flantemblˈaɾ kˈomo ˈun flˈanTo shake like a puddingTo be very nervous
Ponerse como un tomateponˈeɾse kˈomo ˈun tomˈateTo turn like a tomatoTo get red
Dar la vuelta a la tortilladˈaɾ lˈa bwˈelta ˈa lˈa toɾtˈiʎaTo turn the omelette aroundTo change a situation
Ser un bombónsˈer ˈun bombˈonTo be a candyTo be very attractive
Tirar la casa por la ventanatiɾˈaɾ lˈa kˈasa pˈoɾ lˈa bentˈanaTo throw the house by the windowTo spend a lot of money, sparing no expense
Ponerse las pilasponˈeɾse lˈas pˈilasTo put in the batteriesTo focus, to wake up
Hablando del Rey de Romaaβlˈando dˈel ɾɾˈe͡ɪ dˈe ɾɾˈomaSpeaking of the King of RomeSpeaking of the devil
Tomar el pelotomˈaɾ ˈel pˈeloTo take someone’s hairPulling your leg
Irse por las ramasˈiɾse pˈoɾ lˈas ɾɾˈamasTo go through the branchesTo beat around the bush
Creerse la última Coca-Cola del desiertokɾeˈeɾse lˈa ˈultima kˈoka-kˈola dˈel desjˈeɾtoTo think of oneself as the last Coca-Cola in the desertTo be full of oneself
Feliz como una lombrizfelˈiθ kˈomo ˈuna lombɾˈiθHappy as a wormTo be super happy, happy as a clam
Meter la patametˈeɾ lˈa pˈataTo put in the pawTo mess up
No tener pelos en la lenguanˈo tenˈeɾ pˈelos ˈen lˈa lˈɛŋɡwaTo not having hair on the tongueTo be outspoken
Echarse al aguaet͡ʃˈaɾse ˈal ˈaɣwaTo get in the waterTo tie the knot
Dar la latadˈaɾ lˈa lˈataTo give the canTo annoy, to bother
Comiendo moscaskomjˈɛndo mˈoskasEating fliesTo speak aimlessly or go off on tangents
Buena ondabwˈena ˈondaGood waveGood vibes
OjoˈoxoEyeCareful, watch yourself
ValebˈaleCosts, availsOK, agreed

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Funny facts about Spanish

  1. Spanish has two ways of saying I love you: “Te quiero” and “Te amo”. You can discover other ways to express your amor here.
  2. Speaking of love, the Spanish accent is considered one of the sexiest in the world, and the Spanish language is known as one of the most romantic languages.
  3. The roots of Spanish are not 100% Latin. Arabic is the second largest contributor!
  4. Modern Spanish has a funny way of integrating English. The pronunciation stays the same, but the spelling is “españolizado”. Examples include fútbol (football) and suéter (sweater).
  5. The longest word in Spanish has 31 letters. Ready? Take a deep breath and try to say this: sternocleidooccipitomastoideos. Bless you. Oh, by the way, it’s a small muscle in your neck.
  6. Watch out for false friends, the most infamous being constipado. If someone tells you that he/she is constipado(a), he/she is not sharing some private, kind of inappropriate bowel information. He/she… just has a cold!
  7. The USA could become the country with the largest Spanish-speaking population by 2050, according to some predictions.

Funny Spanish slang

To finish our list of fun Spanish sayings and words, here is a brief selection of funny Spanish slang. Not enough? We have over 159 more Spanish slang words in this article.

Parties are great for practicing funny Spanish words and Spanish slang.

Spanish IPAActual meaning
bocachanclabˌokat͡ʃˈanklaBig mouth
bobalicónbˌoβalikˈonGoofy
calimochokˌalimˈot͡ʃoDrink made of wine and coca cola
cantamañanaskˌantamaɲˈanasSomebody who says things he doesn’t do or that are not true
chachit͡ʃˈat͡ʃiGreat, fun
chibolot͡ʃiβˈoloKid
chichinabot͡ʃˌit͡ʃinˈaβoWithout value
chilindrónt͡ʃˌilindɾˈonStew
chiquichancat͡ʃˌikit͡ʃˈankaSwain
chirimbolot͡ʃˌiɾimbˈoloRare object without a name
churumbelt͡ʃˌuɾumbˈelSmall child
cierrabaresθjˌeɾɾaβˈaɾesSomebody who stays up late
cuchitrilkˌut͡ʃitɾˈilSmall and dirty room or house
cuchufletakˌut͡ʃuflˈetaBurlesque
gayumbosɡajjˈumbosUnderpants
gilipichisxˌilipˈit͡ʃisFoolish
gordinflónɡˌoɾðimflˈonChubby
guaperasɡwapˈeɾasHandsome
guiriɡˈiɾiTourist
mamarrachomˌamaɾɾˈat͡ʃoMonstrosity
meapilasmˌeapˈilasSomeone who is very devoted (religiously)
pajarracopˌaxaɾɾˈakoA smart person
pamplinapamplˈinaLie, shenanigans
pelelepelˈeleWimp
picapleitospˌikaplˈe͡ɪtosShyster
pichabravapˌit͡ʃaβɾˈaβaA very attractive man
pipiolopipjˈoloA young person without experience
soplagaitassˌoplaɣˈa͡ɪtasA stupid person
pinchaúvaspˌint͡ʃaˈuβasA despicable person
durodˈuɾoMoney
tíotˈioDude
pijopˈixoSnobbish
molamˈolaIt’s great
chaval, chavalat͡ʃaβˈal, t͡ʃaβˈalaKid, young person
majomˈaxoNice
chulot͡ʃˈuloGreat
guayɡwˈa͡ɪGreat
cutrekˈutɾePoor quality
frikifɾˈikiNerd, freaky

Funny Spanish sayings literally translated

Have a look at these videos for a literal translation of Spanish sayings — Spain and Latin America included!


See, learning Spanish can be divertido! If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, try to learn a few of these funny things to say in Spanish. The face of your hispanophone friends will be priceless!

Just keep in mind some of these sayings and words are not used everywhere. Check out our list of Spanish slang for Latin America and other expressions for different Spanish speaking countries and regions.

Hopefully, you won’t have a memoria de pez, and you will remember a few of these funny Spanish phrases and words! With our vocab articles, learning Spanish será pan comido.

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