60 Spanish Terms of Endearment to Express Affection

Regardless of your reasons to learn Spanish, there’s no doubt that, at some point, you’ll interact with native speakers. At that point, knowing some common Spanish terms of endearment can help you express your affection towards relatives, friends, or your significant other. 

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 60 popular terms of endearment you can use. Here is how this vocabulary guide is broken down:

Terms of Endearment in Spanish

In the sections below, you’ll find the most popular terms of endearment in Spanish. Be aware that you can use these words with different people. 

Spanish Terms of endearment for family and friends

Here is a list of common terms of endearment that are often used with your family, relatives and close friends. When applicable, I’ve included their feminine and masculine versions. Keep in mind that some of these terms of endearment in Spanish may not have a direct translation. 

  • Abuelita: Granny 
  • Abuelito: Grampa
  • Amiguito / Amiguita: Buddy
  • Bebé: Babe
  • Cachetón / Cachetona: Chubby cheeks 
  • Cariño: Honey / Darling
  • Chaparrito / Chaparrita: Shorty 
  • Chino / China: Curly 
  • Chiquito / Chiquita: Little one
  • Chore: Dumbo (big ears)
  • Compa: Buddy / Dud 
  • Corazón: Honey 
  • Cuqui: Cutie 
  • Flaco / Flaca: Skinny 
  • Gordi: Fatty
  • Guapo / Guapa: Handsome / Gorgeous 
  • Güero / Güera: Blondie 
  • Güey: Dude / Buddy
  • Hermosa: Beautiful / Gorgeous 
  • Lindo / Linda: Cutie 
  • Mami: Mommy / Sweetie 
  • Mijo / Mija: Son / Daughter / Honey
  • Muñeco / Muñeca: Doll
  • Nene / Nena: Babe / Boy / Girl
  • Ojón / Ojona: Big eyes 
  • Papi: Daddy / Sweetie 
  • Pana: Pal / Buddy
  • Pilluelo / Pilluela: Rascal 
  • Querido / Querida: Darling 

Here are a couple of notes that can help you use these words correctly:

  • In Latin American Spanish, mami and papi are often used as Spanish terms of endearment for children
  • Cariño is a popular term of endearment in Castilian Spanish. Although it’s more common in this country, you can also use it in other countries and dialects. 
  • Güero’ or ‘Güera’ are not derogatory terms but popular pet names in Mexican Spanish
  • Mexican males used the nickname ‘chore’ to refer to a male friend with big ears. Even though this is a funny term of endearment, be careful because some people may see it as mocking. 
  • ‘Compa’, ‘güey’, and ‘güero’ are pet names in Mexican Spanish. 
  • ‘Mijo’ and ‘mija’ are used in Latin American countries and can be used as Spanish terms of endearment for children or significant others.  
  • ‘Querido’ is an affectionate word, but it’s slightly more formal

Terms of endearment for girlfriend and boyfriend in Spanish

Although couples may have their private pet names, there are some common romantic terms of endearment people often use with their spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. 

  • Amor: Love
  • Amor mío: My love
  • Amorcín: Boo / Love
  • Amorcito: Boo / Sugar
  • Ángel: Angel
  • Bombón: Cupcake 
  • Bizcochito: Cookie
  • Cari: Boo
  • Cariñito: Boo / Honey
  • Caramelito: Sweetheart / Sweety 
  • Cielo: Honey
  • Conejito: Bunny 
  • Corazón de melón: Sugar / Honey
  • Dueño/a de mis quincenas: The boss
  • Encanto: Love / Cutie
  • Esposito / Esposita: Hubby / Wifey
  • Flaquito / Flaquita: Skinny
  • Gordito / Gordita: Fatty / Little fatty
  • Mamacita: Hottie 
  • Mi amor: My love
  • Mi cielo: My love 
  • Mi todo: My everything
  • Mi reina: My queen
  • Mi rey: My king
  • Mi vida: My love / My life
  • Ojitos lindos: Pretty eyes
  • Osito: Teddy 
  • Papacito: Hottie 
  • Pedacito de cielo: Piece of heaven 
  • Príncipe: Prince
  • Princesa: Princess 
  • Pollito: Chicken
  • Tesoro: Dear / Boo

These terms of endearment can be used to address or refer to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Many of these terms are more affectionate when adding a Spanish possessive pronoun

Te amo mucho, mi gordita
I love you very much, my little fatty

(Mi) Amor, ¿ya estás listo?
Are you ready, love?

Take Note: Although many Spanish terms of endearment that are based on physical appearance (such as gordito) may seem cutting or rude to you, they’re not perceived this way in Spanish. 

Spanish Diminutives: How to Form Terms of Endearment

Diminutives in Spanish are special endings that express affection. As a result, they’re an excellent tool for you to form your terms of endearment. Spanish diminutives are words ending with -ito (masculine) and -ita (feminine). 

To form terms of endearment with diminutives, you simply have to add the previous ending to a noun or adjective of physical appearance. For example: 

  • Amor: Amorcito
  • Cielo: Cielito
  • Chaparro: Chaparrito
  • Marta: Martita
  • Princesa: Princesita

Spanish diminutives are translated as ‘little’ or ‘small’. However, in some cases, their translation may not make sense in English. Just keep in mind that these structures convey affection in Spanish. 

Take Note: Depending on the ending of the noun or adjective you use, Spanish spelling rules may require you to add some additional letters to the diminutive endings. In this guide, you can check what those changes are. 

Spanish Terms of Endearment Additional Resources

Relationships are one of the main reasons why people learn Spanish. If this is your case, here are some vocabulary resources you can use to learn new words to address your loved ones: 

Download the Terms of Endearment in Spanish PDF

What you may have noticed after looking at these lists of terms of endearment, is that there are many different Spanish words to express your affection for others. The words you might use in English, might not be the same you wish to use in Spanish. You can download a free copy of the PDF for this guide with all 60+ terms so you can practice them and apply new ones as you talk to different friends, family, and loved ones.

Daniela Sanchez

¡Hola! Soy Daniela Sanchez, I've been studying Spanish professionally as well as teaching it in Mexico and online for over 10 years. I’ve taught Spanish to a wide array of foreigners from many backgrounds. Over the years, I've made it my mission to work hard on refining many challenging to understand grammar topics to make my students' learning experiences easier, faster and more enjoyable. Read More About Me

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