Guacho Definition and Meaning

Guacho comes from the Quechua cuzqueño wakcha which means “poor”, “orphan”. There are also similar words in other indigenous languages ​​of America, for example, huajcha (in Aymara, orphan) and huachu (in Mapuche or Mapudungun, illegitimate child).

The word ‘bastard’ has several meanings in different countries such as:

Guacho applied to an animal

  • It is an animal that has lost one or both parents, an orphan. In South America.
  • It is a small breeding of any animal. Especially a small baby bird. It can be equivalent to ‘pigeon’ or ‘chick’. In Chile it is used especially as a calf, calf.
  • It is a non-domestic animal, which through contact with people behaves like a pet, in Chile. It is also used in the form of a verb ‘aguachar’.

Guacho applied to a person

  • Sometimes it is also used meaning orphan in South America. It is also used in a derogatory way, similar to ‘bastard’ in Chile and the Río de la Plata to refer to a person born out of wedlock.
  • He is a soldier, a soldier, a person who belongs to the army. Employee in Mexico
  • He is a person who has bad intentions, used in colloquial language in the Río de la Plata.
  • He is a natural person from southern Mexico. Used disparagingly, similar to ‘chilango’. It is used in northern Mexico.
  • He is a farmer, a natural person or resident in the field, used in colloquial language and in a derogatory way in Cuba.
  • He is a young child. In Castilla La Mancha (Spain) and in the Río de la Plata. Sometimes it is accompanied by the adjectives ‘immature’ or ‘insolent’. It can be used in a derogatory but also carinoso way, similar to brat, in Chile and the Río de la Plata.
  • It is the male part in a romantic relationship. It is used in colloquial language, similar to ‘boy’ in Castilla La Mancha (Spain).

Guacho applied to an object

  • It is an unpaired object. Used in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
  • It is a fraction of a lottery ticket. Used more in diminutive: ‘guachito’, in Ecuador and Peru.

Other meanings

  • It is a plant that grows without being sown. In the Río de la Plata.
  • It is a typical dish of Panama. It is a thick soup that has cooked rice, meat and some products such as guandú, yams and cassava.

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