Common Mexican Slang: What Does ‘chido’ Mean? | Tell Me In Spanish (2023)

For many people learning Spanish, one of the most interesting topics is picking up slang expressions. If you have Mexican friends or you’re planning to visit Mexico, you’ll realize that understanding the meaning of ‘chido’ and how to use it, is a must.

So, what does ‘chido’ mean in Spanish? According to the Royal Spanish Academy, Chido is an adjective that describes something or someone is good, nice, cool or beautiful. But Mexicans also use it to agree, to thank, to say that a person is good-looking, as a translation of ‘how cool’ and to show displeasure.

If you’ve ever watched a Mexican show, it’s very likely that you’ve heard this word used, and probably in more than just one context. As a native speaker, I can tell you that this word is very important and frequently used in informal conversations.

So if you want to surprise your Mexican friends or you just want to improve your Spanish, keep reading so you know when and how to use this word. By the end of this post, your Spanish will be ‘más chido’ ;).

‘Chido’ in Mexico – When and How to Use It

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As mentioned above, Chido describes that an object, situation or a person is nice, cool, beautiful or hot (attractive, if talking about a girl). However, it can be a little more confusing than that. In a verbal conversation, young Mexicans use this word to show agreement, to thank or to express displeasure.

As you can see, Chido is a very robust adjective. And by robust, I mean that it has many meanings depending on the situation and the verbs you use with it. Before going any further, you should keep in mind that this is a Mexican word and even if other Spanish countries understand it, it isn’t used in their cultures or language. It is exclusive to Mexican vocabulary.

Now you are ready to see this word in action.

Using Chido to describe a person, object or situation

So far we know that when describing a person, object or situation, Chido works as an adjective. This means it needs to be accompanied by a verb. It would be used in a manner like this:

Expressing That a Person is ‘Nice’ or ‘Cool

In Mexico we use Chido to describe that people are nice and to do so, we use the following structure.

Subject [person] + ser [present tense] + chido

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¡Ese chico es chido! That guy is nice!

Mis amigos son muy chidos My friends are very cool

Tranquilízate, la maestra es chida Don’t worry, the teacher is nice

Expressing That an Object or Situation is ‘nice’, ‘good’ or ‘cool

So now that you know how to use Chido to describe a person, let’s see the way you would use it for objects and situations. Pay attention to the structure because there is a slight change.

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Noun [object / situation] + estar [present tense] + chido

Tus zapatos están muy chidos Your shoes are so cool

El clima aquí está muy chido The weather here is very nice

La fiesta a la que fui estuvo muy chida The party I went to was very cool

Chido with Ser or Estar: Are they Nice or Hot?

Wait… so why do we use Ser for some situations and Estar for other ones? Oh, the eternal struggle between Ser and Estar. No doubt that these Spanish verbs can be a real headache.

So let’s try to keep it simple. Here are the general rules to follow for using ‘ser’ or ‘estar’ with chido.

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  • We use Ser when we are describing the essence of a person.
  • When talking about something or someone’s condition we use Estar.

Remember that the essence or nature is unlikely to change. In other words, there’s a permanence or immutability to it. Therefore, we use ser. Talking about conditions or situations, however, are almost always subject to change and hence we will use ‘estar’ [conjugated] + ‘chido’. When using Chido we are able to see the big difference between these two verbs.

Person + ser [present tense] + chido

Esa chava es muy chida That girl is very nice

Person + estar [present tense] + chido

Esa chava está muy chida That girl is very beautiful

When using estar + chido you are describing that a person is beautiful or hot. And we use Estar because that physical beauty doesn’t last forever. The same thing applies when describing a situation or an object. The weather can be nice today, but tomorrow, who knows?

If you are a little bit confused, just keep in mind that chido and estar work together when saying that a situation/object is cool or nice, and to say that a girl is beautiful.

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There’s no doubt that using the Spanish verbs ser and estar is a challenging topic that can lead you to make some mistakes. If you want to avoid these awkward situations, you should learn how to use them correctly. In this article, you’ll find out how to use ‘ser’. However, if you just want to learn more about ‘estar’, this post is perfect for you.

Take Note: Although the Royal Spanish Academy says that chido is used to say that somebody is beautiful, the truth is that it’s closer to hot, in terms of physical attractiveness. Boys use it with this intention more than girls.

Agreeing, Thanking or Showing Displeasure with Chido

Like I said before, chido is a chameleon of a word. We use it in multiple situations, with its meaning changing on a whim. We already saw how to use it when describing a person, situation or an object. Now it’s time to see another practical use for it.

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In these cases you don’t have verbs or other words to help you understand the meaning, it’s just a matter of context and intention.

IntentionSpanish ExampleEnglish TranslationContext
ThankingTu amigo: Si tienes problemas, yo puedo ayudarte.
Tú: Chido. Yo te digo si necesito algo.
Your friend: If you are having issues, I’ll help you with it.
You: Thanks. I’ll let you know if I need anything.
In informal situations, you can use Chido to say thank you. As shown in the example, the context is the only thing that establishes the meaning.
Agreeing Tú: La fiesta va a empezar a las 10. No olvides los snacks.
Tu amigo: Chido. Nos vemos mañana, entonces.
You: The party is going to start at 10. Don’t forget to bring the snacks.
Your friend: Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow then.
When talking about plans or situations, you can use Chido as an informal way to agree.
Showing displeasure Tu amigo: ¿Me puedes prestar tu chamarra negra?
Tú: No, no puedo. La última vez la rasgaste.
Tu amigo: Chido. No te vuelvo a pedir un favor otra vez.
Your friend: Can I borrow your jacket?
You: No way. The last time you used it, you tore it up.
Your friend: Fine. I’ll never ask you for a favor again.
When you ask for something, such as a favor or help, and you don’t get a positive response, you can answer back with Chido.

It’s very common among Mexican people to use Chido in these types of situations. To an outsider, it may be difficult to interpret initially. The best way to understand the meaning is through signals including:

  • vocal tone
  • body language
  • Situation and context

Using the Expression ‘Qué Chido’

¡Qué chido! is an expression that you might have heard before. The direct English translation is how cool or that’s cool and luckily you don’t think about how the context could change its meaning. We use it to express a positive opinion about the situation.

¡Qué chido que vas a Francia! How cool that you are going to France!

¡Qué chido que ya es verano! It’s summertime, how cool is that?

Conversation example

Spanish ExampleEnglish Translation
Tu amigo: Mis vacaciones estuvieron bien. Conocí muchos lugares.
Tú: ¡Qué chido! ¿Cuál fue tu favorito?
Your friend: My vacation was great. I visited a lot of places.
You: That’s cool! Which one was your favorite?

Synonymous phrases

If you want to improve your vocabulary, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. As we say, chido is a very useful word, but in Mexico, we have more phrases you can use to substitute chido with. So here we have some equivalent phrases you can use:

1. Está padreAlthough this phrase is slang too, you can use it with older people or if you are not very close to them. Use it to describe a cool or nice object or situation.

Los zapatos que me compré ayer están bien padres The shoes that I bought yesterday are very nice!

2. ¡Qué padre! It’s like ¡Qué chido! and even if it’s informal you can use it if you are not very close to the person you are talking to.

¡Qué padre está la película que vimos! The movie we watched was very good!

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3. Es buena onda The direct translation would be cool or nice. Use it only to describe people.

Tu hermana es muy buena onda Your sister is very nice

4. ¡Qué buena onda! – It means that’s cool. It expresses a positive opinion about the situation.

¿Te vas de viaje? ¡Qué buena onda! Are you going on a trip? That’s so cool!

How to say ‘Chido’ in other Spanish Speaking Countries

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As mentioned before, chido is a Mexican adjective and even if other Spanish speaking countries might be able to understand you, they don’t use this word in their conversations. Below are the expressions that other countries use. As far as I know, these phrases are used to describe something or somebody cool or nice.

Guay Spain
Chévere Peru, Colombia
Bacán Peru, Chile
Mola Spain
Chirote Costa Rica
Chivo El Salvador
Bárbaro Argentina
Grosso Argentina

Wrapping up

In this article, you learned what Chido means and how to use it like a Mexican! To further increase your slang vocabulary, we discussed similar phrases that you can employ in conversation. It’s up to you which one you want to use, but if you decide you want to practice with Chido just remember this:

Key Points

  • Chido can be used to express an object, person or situation is either nice, cool or beautiful.
  • If you want to say that a person is nice or cool, you would use Chido + Ser.
  • To express that a situation or an object is nice or cool you will use Chido + Estar. And if you use this structure with a person you are saying that they are physically attractive.
  • You can also use Chido in the negative form. The rules are the same, you just need to add a No before the verb (ser / estar).
Ella no es chida. She’s not cool
  • Don’t forget that Chido is an adjective. This means it can be either to singular or plural, feminine or masculine: chido, chidos, chida, chidas.

Related Questions

What does Qué chulo mean in Spanish? Qué chulo or Qué chula is an expression that means ‘What a cutie’. It can be used either for people, pets or objects.

What does Qué chafa mean in Spanish? Qué chafa is an expression that it could be either used to express that something has poor quality or as the translations of ‘How crappy!’

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Common Mexican Slang: What Does ‘chido’ Mean? | Tell Me In Spanish? ›

1. chido. There is no shortage of Spanish words to express that you like something, but chido is a good colloquial option to say “cool” or “great” instead of the more classic muy bueno or increíble.

Who says que chido? ›

Chido / padre

In Mexico, we say something is Chido or padre when we like it a lot. We say Chido when something is cute, pretty, or of good quality. Its equivalent in English could be “awesome” or “beautiful.” -¡Qué chido! / ¡Qué padre!

What does chidas mean in Spanish? ›

beautiful adj. chido , chida [coll.]

What does Padre Chido mean? ›

Chido & Padre

If you want to say something is cool, use the word 'chido'. For example, 'Esa camisa es muy chida' means, 'That shirt is really cool! '. You can also use the word 'padre' to say the same thing. While 'padre' means father in Spanish, in Mexican Spanish it also means 'cool'.

What is the difference between chido and chingon? ›

Chido/Chida – This is used to describe something that is “cool” or “awesome”. It gets used quite a lot. Chingon – The informal/cool way to say something is awesome, the best or super good.

What is the Spanish slang for hot girl? ›

hot girl {noun}

ricura {f} [LAm.]

What is the Mexican slang for friend? ›

Cuate, Compa, Cabrón & Carnal

Cuate is slang for 'friend', as is compa, carnal and cabrón. They tend to be used to varying degrees depending which part of Mexico you're in, and cabrón can also be used as an insult at times.

What is a synonym for chido? ›

(extremely good)-awesome. Synonyms for chido. ¡Guay! Cool! bestial.

What is the origin of the word chido? ›

Etymology. Possibly from Asturian xidu (“nice, beautiful”), brought to Mexico by a wave of Asturian immigrants in the 19th century. Or, possibly from the slang chiro (“excellent”).

What does Chito mean in Spanish slang? ›

shh, hush, silence.

What is Mexican slang for amazing? ›

Chido/a is a Mexican adjective meaning “awesome” or “cool”. It's used the same the way you would use guay in Spain.

What does Chato mean in Mexico? ›

(colloquial) annoying synonym ▲ Synonym: irritante. Que chato! ― How annoying!

Is Papi Chulo a bad word? ›

But generally, calling someone papi chulo is in reference to their appearance and their confidence, either with a negative (Rico Suave) or positive connotation (a hunk). Attitudes toward the term papi chulo are mixed among Latinx Americans, given chulo's history as a derogatory, racialized term in American English.

What is a badass in Spanish slang? ›

badass {adjective}

chingón {adj. m} [Mex.] [vulg.]

What is no Mames? ›

What does no mames mean? No mames is crude Spanish slang used to express disbelief (both positive and negative) or excitement. Used especially among Mexican Spanish speakers, the exclamation corresponds to “No way!”, “You're kidding me!”, or “Stop messing with me!”.

What is a dirty girl slang in Spanish? ›

Meanings of "dirty woman" in Spanish English Dictionary : 5 result(s)
1Generalchancha [f] LA
2Colloquialmarrana [f]
3Colloquiallechona [f]
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What do Spanish guys call their girlfriends? ›

Mi amor and cariño are still the most common pet names used by Spanish couples. For the lovebirds who are on a high, mi cielo or just cielo is an endearing pet name to use.

What is the Spanish slang for white girls? ›

The word güera is, in Chicano and Mexican-Spanish slang, a term for a white girl.

What is Mexican slang for flirt? ›

The Spanish Verb for “to Flirt”: Coquetear

There are several verbs to say “to flirt” in Spanish, but the most common one is coquetear.

What is slang for trashy Mexican? ›

Naco (fem. naca) is a pejorative word often used in Mexican Spanish that may be translated into English as "low-class", "uncultured", "vulgar" or "uncivilized ".

Why do Mexicans say bro? ›

Literally means “brother,” but as with “bro” in English, it's used to refer to good friends, too. María, te presento a mi carnal. María, this is my bro.

Is it Chilo or Chido? ›

Chido and chilo are the mild and socially acceptable versions, but still pretty awesome. Chido is used in Central Mexico, while chilo is mostly used in the northern states and is pronounced “shilo.”

What is the opposite of chido? ›

is the opposite of "chido", which means cool. so "gacho" would mean 'not cool' or 'stupid'

What is a Spanish synonym for girl? ›

girl → niñita, maricón, mujercita, jotito, aniñado, mujer, nena, chiquilla, lola, chamaca, niña, muchacha, chica, cabra. girl → niña, chica, muchacha, hija.

Is Chido a male or female name? ›

Chido - Baby girl name meaning, origin, and popularity | BabyCenter.

Why do Mexicans use diminutives? ›

Dr Company explained that Mexicans instead use the diminutive form to break down the space between the speaker and the listener and lessen formality.

What is the original word for Mexican? ›

Etymology. From Spanish mexicano, from Nahuatl mēxihcah plural of mēxihcatl (“a Mexica”) + -ano (“-an”).

What does Pucha mean in Mexican slang? ›

"pucha" in English

damn! oh, no!

What is Mexican Spanish slang for girlfriend? ›

1. Chica – Girlfriend / Girl. Chica is a cute and casual term that you can use in Spanish to say 'girlfriend'. Depending on the context, this expression can be translated either as 'my girl' or 'my girlfriend'.

What is some Mexican slang? ›

Most Common Mexican Slang Words: ¡Aguas!: Watch out! Sale: Alright. Chido: Awesome. Padre: Cool.

How do you call a Mexican girl pretty? ›

  1. Hermosa / Hermoso – Beautiful. A common way to say “You are beautiful” in Spanish. ...
  2. Bella / Bello – Pretty. ...
  3. Bonita / Bonito – Pretty or Nice. ...
  4. Preciosa / Precioso – Gorgeous or Precious. ...
  5. Guapa / Guapo – Handsome. ...
  6. Linda / Lindo – Lovely. ...
  7. Adorable – Adorable. ...
  8. Atractivo / Atractiva – Attractive.
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What is beautiful girl in Mexican? ›

Say “hermosa mujer.” This means “beautiful woman” in Spanish. To say “beautiful girl,” you would say "niña hermosa."

What do Mexicans call love? ›

Terms Of Endearment In The Spanish Language

The following Spanish love words are essential for your better half, a very dear and close friend, or a family member. Cariño (Darling) Bebé (Baby) Mi Amor (My love) Mi vida (My life)

What is Mexican slang for drunk? ›

Estar borracho/a (to be drunk)

Estar borracho/a, estar pedo/a (literally to be fart), estar jarra (literally to be jar or pitcher), estar tomado/a (literally to be taken) are all expressions that imply to be drunk.

What is chata in Spanish slang? ›

chata [f] young girl (slang)

Why does El Diablo mean? ›

The name "El Diablo" means "the devil" in Spanish.

What is the Spanish slang for girl? ›

Instead of using muchacho or muchacha or niño or niña, try out the Mexican slang term for “boy” or “girl,” which is chango or changa.

Is caliente a bad word? ›

We understand that no one wants to mess up like this and sound extremely inappropriate in conversation; however, the adjective "caliente" is very commonly used in Spanish and does not always have a sexual connotation.

What does Mami mean in slang? ›

Mami is a Spanish slang term variously used to refer to a mommy, attractive woman, female romantic partner, or close female friend.

Do people still say chido? ›

There is no shortage of Spanish words to express that you like something, but chido is a good colloquial option to say “cool” or “great” instead of the more classic muy bueno or increíble. Chido doesn't exist in other Spanish dialects nor does it have an original meaning that it's been repurposed from.

What country uses the word chido? ›


Chido/a is a Mexican adjective meaning “awesome” or “cool”. It's used the same the way you would use guay in Spain.

What do Mexicans call Spaniards? ›

The word gachupín is used for Spaniards who live in Mexico and Guatemala as a slur, referring to conquistadors and people from Spain.

Where is the word chido from? ›

Etymology. Possibly from Asturian xidu (“nice, beautiful”), brought to Mexico by a wave of Asturian immigrants in the 19th century. Or, possibly from the slang chiro (“excellent”).

What is the Mexican slang for dude? ›

Wey – “Dude”

Let's start with the most common Mexican slang term. Wey means “dude” when talking to friends. It can also be used to call someone a “bro”, or, in general, refer to a guy. Sometimes you'll see it spelt güey, but it's pronounced the same and means the same thing.

What is the Mexican slang for bro? ›

Wey (güey) means bro or dude, but it can also be a general word for guy. A lot of young people have incorporated it into their vocabulary and even use it as a transition word, like the English use “like”. “y tipo wey, estaba allí, y me miró…”

What is the Mexican slang word for girl? ›

Yet, there are so many others:
  • chava – one of the most common slang for “girl,” which you are bound to hear in. ...
  • chama – especially common in. ...
  • chamaca – a variation of “chama”, popular in. ...
  • cabra (literally “a goat”) – ...
  • galla / tipa – used principally by.
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What is the Mexican slang for money? ›

How to Say Money in Spanish. If you want to say the word for “money” in Spanish, you would generally say “dinero” or “el dinero.” However, a fairly common slang term for money is “plata.” And you can easily find a few dozen other terms across the Spanish-speaking world.

What is a white Mexican called in Spanish? ›

Nonetheless, sometimes "White Mexican" is used. White Mexicans. Mexicanos blancos.

What are most Mexicans called? ›

As Mexico's national identity, all Mexicans who are not indigenous and participate in the nation's culture may be considered mestizo (culturally Mexican) regardless of racial background.

What are Native Americans from Mexico called? ›

Indigenous peoples of Mexico (Spanish: gente indígena de México, pueblos indígenas de México), Native Mexicans (Spanish: nativos mexicanos) or Mexican Native Americans (Spanish: pueblos originarios de México, lit.

Why do Mexicans say Orale? ›

Órale is a common interjection in Mexican Spanish slang. It is also commonly used in the United States as an exclamation expressing approval or encouragement. The term has varying connotations, including an affirmation that something is impressive, an agreement with a statement (akin to "okay"), or to signify distress.


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