5 Spanish Swear Words to Know

Have you ever been in this situation? You’re hanging out with your Spanish-speaking friends, relatives, or coworkers, and you want to

  • Lightly insult them
  • Seriously insult them
  • Say something to either check them (or) 
  • Say something as a witty comeback. 

But don’t know what to say or how to phrase it appropriately? Swear words come to the rescue. Read on to find the five (5) Spanish swear words to know.

Spanish swear word #1 to know: *sshole

The Spanish swear word ‘pendejo,’ meaning *sshole, is a classic swear word. This version of the word is male. The female version of the word is pendeja. While it might be commonly translated or understood as *sshole, the literal interpretation is that of pubic hair. The word can be used as a light insult to indicate that you find the speaker: 

  • Stupid, brainless, or otherwise uninformed
  • Is acting inappropriately
  • Did something funny, but like, no, really – you need to stop 
  • Is a jackass, “wanker” (chiefly British), etc. 
  • To be thoroughly offensive. If using this word in an argument, be prepared to offend the other party to the fullest extent possible.

Some alternatives to this may be 

  • Idiota or el estúpido, which translates to calling the other person an idiot, bonehead, fool, coot, donkey, moron, blunderhead berk, stupid person
  • el tonto, el loco, or el bobo, which translates to silly, booby, fool, stupid, loony idiot, dummy, or moron

Spanish swear word #2: the “F” bomb 

The word f*ck literally means “to have sexual intercourse with.” The F-word and all its derivatives are both one of the most divisive words in the English language, as well as one that can be used as almost any part of speech. For instance 

  • Noun: 
    • “Like f*ck you will!”  
    • Hard as f*ck 
    • Yes, thank you, I’d love a f*ck.
    • Mary is a fine f*ck
  • Pronoun: “I hit f*ck-face over there with a baseball bat.”  
  • Adjective: “He’s f*cked!”
  • Verb: “I love to f*ck while eating duck.”
  • Adverb: “It was f*ck hard”, 
  • Conjunction: “I went swimming, f*ck the cold.”  
  • Interjection: F*ck! I stubbed my toe


It can also be used to express a variety of emotions 

  • Progressive aspect: He f*cking sleeping, dude!
  • Epistemic modality: ‘How dare you!’ can be summed up with “Fuck!.”
  • Ignorance: F*cked if I know. 
  • Trouble: I guess I am f*cked now! 
  • Fraud: I got f*cked at the used car lot. 
  • Aggression: F*ck you! 
  • Displeasure: What the f*ck is going on here? 
  • Difficulty: I can’t understand this f*cking job!
  • Suspicion: What the f*ck are you doing? 
  • Enjoyment: I had a great f*cking time! 
  • Request: Get the f*ck out of here! 
  • Hostility: I’m going to knock your f*cking head off! 
  • Greeting: How the f*ck are you? 
  • Apathy: Who gives a f*ck? 
  • Surprise: F*ck! You scared the shit out of me. 
  • Anxiety: Today is really f*cked.


So, what are some words that express this same thing in Spanish?

  • F*ck, f*ck up, f*ck about translates to 
    • La mierda (also translates as s#*t)
    • Joder
  • F*cked translates to jodido
  • F*cker translates to carbona (feminine) or cabrón (masculine)
  • F*cking translates to 
    • maldita (feminine) or maldito (masculine). 
    • condenda (feminine) or condenando (masculine) 
    • la jodienda (feminine) or los joder (masculine) 
  • Mother f*cker translates to
    • los hijo de puta (feminine) or el hijo de perra (masculine) – also translates to b*itch.
    • el pendejo

Spanish Swear Word #3 B*tch

The English word b*tch or son of a b*tch is another contentious word. While this word, used scientifically, literally means “female dog,” the swear word connotations are less savory. In Spanish, the word translates to 

  • la perra or la puta, which can also translate to slut, whore, hooker, or prostitute
  • la zorra, which can translate to fox, bitch, or hooker
  • quejarse, which means has shades of moan, grumble, groan, gripe, or whimper

Spanish Swear Word #4 Bastard

The insult “bastard” literally means an illegitimate child. In this day and age, while questionable parentage is still a thing, the reality of it has much less sting than it did in years past. 

  • el bastardo, which translates to calling the other person a bastard, misbegotten, or baseborn
  • Híbrido, which means hybrid or bastard
  • Falso, which can mean false, fake, untrue, bogus, phony, or spurious
  • el cabrón, which can mean bastard, asshole, ass, arsehole, shithead, shitass
  • el hijo de perra can translate to either son of a bitch or bastard

Spanish Swear Word #5 Private Parts 

Like in English, there are many swear words for one’s privates in Spanish. Combine some of these swear words for dirty talk while in bed. Note: you should probably talk to your partner before using these words, as at least some people may take offense to them.   

Male Terms

  • la polla can translate to cock, dick, prick, pullet, chick, or dong
  • el carajo may mean dick, prick, cock, or dong
  • los cojones means balls, bollocks, nuts, bullocks
  • la protuberancia may be translated as boss, protrusion, bulge, knob, nub, prominence
  • el bulto means a package, lump, bundle, bulge, bump, knob

Female Terms

  • el coño translates to pussy, cunt, fanny, twat, or canaille
  • la concha can mean shell, conch, seashell, concha, pussy, cunt
  • el gatito can mean kitten, pussy, catling, mog
  • la vagina means vagina, pussy, or fanny
  • las tetas are translated as tits, boobs, jugs, knockers, or hooters


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