Lazy Spanish Slang: ATORRANTE

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How to say “lazy” in Spanish slang

There are many words for lazy in Spanish slang. However, atorrante is the slang word in Argentine Spanish for holgazán, which means “lazy” and “idle”.


How frequently is this word used? 

Medium frequency word. Argentinians use this word mostly when they are upset and want to criticize someone.

Examples of this word in use:

Lazy Spanish slang

  • “Este perro duerme todo el día: es un atorrante”. 
  • “Es un atorrante. Se la pasa de fiesta y nunca trabaja”.
  • “¡Mirá este atorrante durmiendo la siesta!”.
  • “No seas atorrante y ponete a laburar.” 
  • “¿Qué quiere este atorrante ahora? ¿Más plata?”.
  • “¿Vos viste lo que hizo Juan? El atorrante no fue a trabajar”.
  • “Se quedó sin trabajo por atorrante”.
  • “El perro es activo pero el gato es un atorrante, duerme todo el día”.
  • “Andá a trabajar. No seas atorrante”. 

Interesting facts about this slang word in Spanish:

How do you say lazy in Spanish slang? What’s the feminine form?

Atorrante can also be used as a synonym of sinvergüenza, meaning shameless. Its feminine form is ‘atorranta’. Other synonyms are vago/a. 

Source: DRAE 

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