Do you know what Güey (pronounced Wey) means in Spanish? If not, read on… If you are interested in our Free English classes click here. (Ofrecemos clases de inglés gratuitas a los miembros de nuestra comunidad. El espacio es limitado, aplica aquí.)
If you live in Los Angeles you have definitely heard this expression, but even if you have taken a university level Spanish class you may not have ever come across this word in writing. Perhaps you didn’t know that it was written in such a strange manner. When spoken, güey, sounds more like “Wey.” So where does this strange sounding word come from and that does it mean, güey?
Güey originally comes from the word “buey” which means Ox and it means “Dude” in Mexican Spanish.
The term can also be defined as: Yo! (to get someone’s attention) Man! Guy! But keep in mind it’s not exactly polite when used with a stranger.
This expression is used almost everywhere and there is no restriction for usage with regards to age, gender, or social status. However, something to consider is that this expression is mostly used between friends. There are a plethora of words that are used in a similar way (and many of them are more vulgar) for example: machin, vato, puto, cabrón, entenado etc. But again, these words are much more vulgar and should only be used jokingly among close friends. Güey is by far the best choice for saying “hey dude” or “what’s up dude” in Spanish.
Whats up dude? = ¿Que onda Güey?
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