I'm a spanish major, I have studied in spain and mexico for many years. The actual definition means " a person that was cut out of his family", comes from the word, " cortar, cortado,.. (to cut ). An orphan is diferent because a cholo was "cut" out of his family for being a dumbass, while an orphan was abonded at birth. That is why people born in latin america refer to cholos as cholos because they are always out on the street and cut out of their families for being trouble makers. Little kids and first generation hispanics don't know this word because their lack of knowledge of the spanish language. Now cholo is a way of living and dressing due to stupid media and hollywood! "cheech and chong"
Did you know, Cholos don't even exist in mexico or latin america, The cholo concept was born in the U.S. To most hispanics and latinos, cholos are a piece of shit group that give bad names to other hispanics. They are a disgrace to hard working and educated hispanics and latinos.
A cholo is term implying a Hispanic male that typically dresses in chinos (khahki pants), a wifebeater sleeveless teeshirt or a flannel shirt with only the top buttoned, a hairnet, or with a bandana around the forehead, usually halfway down over the eyes. Cholos often have black ink tattoos, commonly involving Catholic imagery, or calligraphy messages or family names.
Cholos often drive low riders.
A farcical example of a cholo from the movies is Cheech, from Cheech and Chong.
1) Mexican Gangster
2) Mexican Gangster Style
1) "My homeboy got shot up but some cholos from Norte." OR "I'm cruisin' the eastside with a couple cholos."
2) "Hey ese, check out that vato over there looking all cholo."
The U.S. context of the word Cholo/Chola originated in Los Angeles and can be a derogatory term meaning Chicano
gangster or pandillero
. They are born in the U.S. and favor Spanglish. They might refer to any Latino unlike them as pocho
, or white-washed.
A hardcore cholo will wear the baggy look, bigtime tatoos, and a shaved head. The chola might have long permed black hair, dark lipstick and a teardrop tatooed under her eye, (and their toddler might have a shaved head and wear the garb unless abuelita
This look is subject to change as gang-culture evolves. So what a cholo looked like in the times of Cheech and Chong
is out-of-date, but still revered with some pride. There are even plastic figurines with this look sold in gumball machines all over the streets of L.A.
The word has a totally different context in South America, where it means indigenous peasant. But in the States, it has been appropriated and the context has evolved.
Your pants are looking a little cholo. Why don't you downsize.
A Cholo is a latino gangster (aka Vato Loco). Some Cholos may get their clothes from Dickies that are 2 sizes larger than what they would normally wear while buttoning only the top button. Cholos may invest in lowrider brand clothing and wear plaid flannel jackets during the winter. Shirt /bandana colors may vary depending on the Cholo’s gang. Cholos may wear shoes like Lugz or Cortezes with a wide variety of colors to go with the clothes. Cholos never back down from anyone who disrespects them and always keep their chin up as they stare everyone down. They usually never move out of the way for anybody while walking, unless it’s a lady or one of their homies.
Cholos usually talk a lot of Spanglish; mixing Spanish & English words in sentences. They may say a few words in Spanish and then a few words in English and vice versa. They might also say words like “Vato,” “Foo,” or “Ese” when finishing a sentence.
A Mexican gangster. Other definitions say this is untrue, and that cholo means only means mestizo. However, since this is an "urban" dictionary where the idea is to communicate the colloquial, everyday meaning used in contemporary society, the correct meaning is mexican gangster.
I was going to go to 7-11, but I decided not to when I saw the group of Cholos standing on the street corner.
In Peru: peasant or indian, in a somewhat degrading way because it implies being simple minded. Can also be used affectionately between friends.
In Peru it has no 'gangster' connotation.
friends: Que tal cholo! / Habla cholo!
insult: Mira el cholo bloqueando la calle con su burro!
Apparently, you should lean like one.
Lean like a cholo, side to side!