What is “gauchos”? And “gauchada”?

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What does “gauchada” mean? What is “gauchos”? 

Gauchada is the slang for “favor”, and gauchos were skilled friendly people who wouldn’t hesitate to give a helping hand. When we ask for a “gauchada” in Argentina, we are asking for a favor or a helping hand.


What are gauchos in Argentina?

Gauchos were skilled horsemen with a reputation for being brave and unruly. They rode the Pampa plains of Argentina and owned large ranches. 

How frequently is this word used? 

Medium frequency word. Argentinians use this word in informal conversations mostly.

Examples of this word in use:

  • “Necesito ir al centro ahora, pero no puedo manejar. ¿Me hacés la gauchada?”. 
  • “Amigo, necesito conseguir ese libro. ¿Me hacés la gauchada?”.
  • “La tía me hizo la gauchada de ir a la reunión escolar por mí”.
  • “Seguramente Juan te hace la gauchada, no te preocupes”.
  • “Le hice la gauchada y me agradeció con una torta”. 
  • “Ella necesitaba 50 pesos y yo le hice la gauchada”.
  • “Jorge siempre me hace la gauchada, es un genio”.
  • “¿Por qué le hiciste la gauchada a ese desagradecido?”.
  • “Hacele la gauchada a tu abuela y comprale los medicamentos”.

Interesting facts about this slang word in Spanish:

The definition of gauchada is: “Hacer un favor, ayudar desinteresadamente, ser solidario. actitud que se le atribuia a los gauchos”. Meaning that gauchos were kind, giving people. 

Source: Diccionario Argentino

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