morrita

[mohr-ree-tah]

What does morrita mean?

In Mexican and some Central American Spanish, morrita is variously used as slang for a young girl, girlfriend or fiancée, or a sexy young woman.

Examples of morrita

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Examples of morrita
hey morrita would you like to be my sunshine?
@Nimiedadez December, 2017
Can’t wait til I get to sleep con mi morrita todas las notes [with my girl every night]. Gn
@RMC7_ April, 2018
Un domingo, antes de que lo madrearan, se hizo una tocada en Los Reyes y conocí a una morrita que ¡ay, Dios, cuál de tus hijos se merece tanto! Estaba tan buenota que nomás de imaginármela desnuda me mojé los de mezclilla. [One Sunday, before they beat him up, there was a jam session in Los Reyes and I met a morrita who—oh, dear God--this daughter of yours deserves the world! She was so hot, just imagining her naked I wet my jeans.]
Eduardo Villegas Guevara, Acetato, 2006

Where does morrita come from?

morrita
International Youth Coalition

In Mexican and Central American Spanish, (la) morrita literally means “little girl or chick,” a diminutive form of the colloquial morra. Its plural is (las) morritas.

Morro and morrito are its male counterpart, “boy” or “little boy,” with the effect of “boyfriend.”

The particular slang may originate from northern Mexico, particularly in the western coastal states of Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California. Evidence for the term dates back to the 1860s, with morrita used as a name for a cat in an 1864 educational text. Fast forward to the 1980s and its appears in reference to a beautiful young woman in a story.

Telenovelas set in northern Mexico, such as the 2011 La Reina del Sur, may have helped spread morrita, but it appears to have been popularized in the 2010s thanks to popular music from the northern Mexico. In 2012, Norteño bands such as Calibre 50 and Banda Los Reconditos, as well as alt-rockers Band of Bitches, released songs notably featuring morrita. In them, morrita signified “girl or chick” in the sense of a “sexy lady.” Further popularizing the term was Mexican rap and hip-hop artists such as Cartel de Santa and C-Kan. One Cartel de Santa song from 2012 describes bringing expensive alcohol and “some morritas” to get a party started. C-Kan’s 2015 song “My Everything” lovingly uses morrita as “(my) girl.”

Who uses morrita?

Although morrita sees its most widespread use in northern Mexico, the slang’s role in popular music has given it some currency among Mexican-Americans and other US residents, especially in border regions.

Among Spanish speakers, the term is sometimes considered rustic, coarse, even vulgar, and native discussions of the term consistently suggest it only be reserved in familiar or intimate contexts. On social media, some users of Mexican or Mexican-American descent code-switch between English and Spanish using morrita. Among young men, morrita can be more wolf-whistling in the sense of “babe” or affectionate and endearing as “sweetheart,” depending on context.

Young women also occasionally use the term as they might chica among female friend. As one tweet demonstrates: “Hi morrita como estas guapaaaa!!??” (Hi morrita how are you beautifullll!!??”).

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