Here you will learn all the words for friend in Spanish. Full word list.
|13||aumentador de presión||booster|
|22||compañera de clases||classmate|
|23||amigo cercano||close friend|
|29||querido amor||dear love|
|33||amigo mío||friend of mine|
|39||persona de ayuda||help person|
|40||amigo informal||informal pal|
|43||mi amigo||my friend|
|49||ayudante de persona||person helper|
|50||amante de la persona||person lover|
|51||relación persona||person relation|
|52||compañero de juego||playmate|
|54||compañero de escuela||schoolmate|
|56||amigo compañero||sidekick buddy|
|57||alma gemela||soul mate|
|60||partidario estancia||supporter stay|
|61||actividad de viaje||travel activity|
|62||compañero de trabajo||workmate|
|63||tu amigo||your friend|
Friend. Buddy. Pal. There are a lot of ways to say ‘friend’ in English, so therefore it is not at all surprising that there are a number of ways to say friend in Spanish Just as someone wouldn’t say ‘friend’ on repeat in English, it’s a great idea to mix different Spanish words for friend. After all, a large knowledge of synonyms is a great way to prove that you’ve got a great command of the language.
Here are some of the best alternative words for ‘friend,’ or ‘amigo,’ in Spanish. After all, amigo is rather formal; these are much more colloquial.
Top Friend in Spanish
Let’s start with one of the most famous ones. Jefe literally means ‘boss’ in Spanish (think of it as a cognate of ‘chief’), but it can be much broader in Spanish. In English, we’re starting to see this, as people refer to someone they don’t know well, but want to create a bit of a bond with (if only for the moment), call someone ‘boss.’
Ever want to call someone a ‘dude’? Then vato is the word for you! Vato has a number of meanings, from dude to buddy to pal. In many ways, it is one of the most versatile words in the language.
Do you have a friend who you regard as a brother? Then in Spanish you’d likely refer to them as a primo. It might literally mean cousin, but it has the same close meaning of someone who is practically family.
“Gordito / Gordita”
Speaking of family, you’re probably going to want to use this one on someone you regard closely and who has a good sense of humor. While it might sound like a pastry, when you call someone a gordito, you’re calling them a little chubby one. Think of it like referring to some as ‘big guy’ in English.
Have you ever felt the desire to call someone cute, charming, darling, or adorable? In that case, you’ll want to know about the word ‘pollito’ in Spanish. It technically means ‘little chicken,’ but can be used to describe anything that is endearing.
Riskier Spanish Words for Friend
Many of the above you can use with just about anyone, with some common sense. However, the next few are a bit riskier; see if native speakers use them on you first, then try to read the situation. Here are a few more ways to say friend in Spanish.
“Lobo / Loba”
Do you know someone who is sly, charming, or maybe a little manipulative. In that case, they’re like a wolf – so lobo is a great word to describe their actions.
“Chismoso / Chismosa”
In the UK, the expression ‘fish monger’s wife’ is used to describe someone who constantly gossips. In Spanish, they are called a chismoso or chismosa, depending on the person’s gender.
Sometimes, we use ‘idiot’ as an insult, while other times it is a term of endearment. It is a lot like that in Spanish, too.
Much like idiota, calling someone a goat or a jack*** is either a way to express some sort of intimacy, or to start a fight. Take your pick and use this one wisely. It can also be used to describe a guy who has a lot of, ahem, accompaniment.
Just as a Cabrón may have a lot of girlfriends, a zorra is a woman who has a lot of boyfriends. It’s best for most guys to avoid this, but if you’re laughing with your female friends (and are female yourself) you may be able to get away with it.
Chances are that you know that guapo means handsome, but it can also be used to describe someone sarcastically. Needless to say, this one can be inflammatory, or hilarious, depending on how you use it.