What does guacho mean?

Guacho comes from Quechua Cuzco 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 son).

The word ‘guacho’ presents several meanings in different countries for example:

Guacho applied to an animal

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

Guacho applied to a person

  • Sometimes it is also used to mean 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.
  • It’s a military, a soldier, person belonging to the army. Employee in Mexico.
  • is a person who has bad intentionused in colloquial language in the Río de la Plata.
  • Is a person native of southern Mexico. Used in a derogatory way, similar to ‘chilango’. It is used in northern Mexico.
  • It’s a farmera natural person or resident in the countryside, used in colloquial language and in a derogatory way in Cuba.
  • It’s 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 affectionate way, similar to brat, in Chile and the Río de la Plata.
  • is the male part in a romantic relationship. It is used in colloquial language, similar to ‘boy’ in Castilla La Mancha (Spain).
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Guacho applied to an object

  • It’s a mismatched object. Used in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
  • Is a fraction of a lottery ticket. Used more in diminutive: ‘guachito’, in Ecuador and Peru.

Other meanings

  • Is a plant that grows without being sown. In the River Plate.
  • It’s a typical dish from Panama. It is a thick soup that contains cooked rice, meat and some products such as pigeon peas, yams and yucca.