vato

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish vato, ultimately from Spanish chivato. Term is mostly used by people from northwest Mexico (Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua, Baja California).

Noun[edit]

vato (plural vatos)

  1. (Chicano, slang) Hispanic youth; guy; dude

Esperanto[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvato/
  • Hyphenation: va‧to

Noun[edit]

vato (accusative singular vaton, plural vatoj, accusative plural vatojn)

  1. watt

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Malagasy[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian, from Proto-Austronesian (compare Cebuano bato, Fijian vatu, Hawaiian haku, Hiligaynon bato, Ilocano bato, Indonesian batu, Kapampangan batu, Malay batu, Maori whatu, Sundanese batu, Tagalog bato).

Noun[edit]

vato

  1. rock, stone, cobble

Spanish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

According to the Chicano poet Luis Alberto Urrea, the word originated in Pachuco slang of the 1940s, and is derived from "the once-common friendly insult chivato or goat.[1]

Noun[edit]

vato m (plural vatos, feminine vata)

  1. (Chicano, slang) Hispanic youth; guy; dude

Usage notes[edit]

This term may be used with intimate friends or as a derogatory reference. In some contexts, the term has gang connotations. The feminine form, vata, is also used by Chicano prostitutes to refer to a female who owes them money.

Sentence usage "The vato Harry Gonzalez is an idiot!"

Derived terms[edit]

  • vato loco (“crazy dude”, “gangster”, “gangbanger”)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2000 July 23, Luis Alberto Urrea; José Galvez, photographer, Vatos, El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press, ISBN 0-938317-52-0: