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chula

or mami chula [choo-luh]

What does chula mean?

Chula is Spanish slang for "cute" or "a beautiful woman," often seen in mami chula ("hottie").

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mami, thicc, mija, morrita, papi chulo, Champagne Papi

Where does chula come from?

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In Spain, chula can insult a woman as lower-class and back-alley. In Chile, chula is slang for “penis.”

But in most of Latin America, however, chula means “cute” or “pretty.”

Chula is often seen in the phrase mami chula, a Spanish form of “hot mama” for a sexy woman. Its male counterpart is papi chulo, for a “ladies’ man.”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, chula and mami chula appeared in the the lyrics of songs by a number of prominent Latino rappers, including Christopher Rios.

Born in the Bronx of Puerto Rican descent, the late Rios, who went by the stage name Big Pun, was the first solo Latin rapper to have an album go platinum. In his 1999 track “Piña Colada,” he raps: “All the mami chulas, they want to ride on my Honda scooter,” bragging that he gets a lot of attractive women.

Examples of chula

Mami chula, you're the bomb, and your fuse is lit
Cuban Link, "Sugar Daddy" (song), 2008
happy birthday to the person I love most ! MY OTHER HALF💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛 I love you so much mi chula 💛💛...
@wendysotelog, October, 2018
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Who uses chula?

An informal term, chula is found in Spanish and mixed Spanish-English conversations. It’s common enough, thanks to Latin-based hip-hop, for some English speakers to use chula.

Chula can be an adjective or a noun. Calling a woman mami chula has a much more sexual tone.

Female friends and family call one another chula as a term of an endearment

… and men may call their female significant others chula in the same, sweet way.

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