12:27 Dec 1, 1999
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: chile
No, it´s not from Spanish into English but the opposite.

This guy´s interviewing BB King and he´s talking about his keyboard player who he claims is great.
BB King: yeah, he´s great. I can hear him saying "Hey BB, my chile" (laughter).

If left it as Chile, people would laugh too :) but might take that as an "albur".

I think it is black lingo, cos BB speaks funny throughout the interview ("we was playing", for instance).
Rafael Arellano
Local time: 03:17

Summary of answers provided
na"chile" in English means "child"
nachile in colloquial use in mexico means penis. but it can also mean a bunch of lies
claudia de la torre desentis
Monica de Leon
Yolanda Broad



13 mins

*chile* is BEV (Black English Vernacular) for Child. Just as, in Spanish, *mijo* is, for example, Chicano for *mi hijo*. Both have the same use in conversation, to show affection to someone. That someone need not necessarily by biologically related to the speaker, but the speaker, in both cases, is claiming an avuncular role in the relationship.

Yolanda Broad
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Local time: 04:17
Native speaker of: English
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2 hrs

Chile, at least in México, has a very strong double-meaning, because is slang for penis.
I would leave it as is. Maybe his keyboard player is of hispanic origin and B.B. already knows the meaning of the word.
Hope this helps.

Monica de Leon
Local time: 03:17
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
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5 hrs
chile in colloquial use in mexico means penis. but it can also mean a bunch of lies

some other meanings could be
estar hecho un chile = be very mad at someone
hacer chile con el culo (it is a bad word) being very angry and do not manifest it, only with hand signs
estar a medios chiles = be half drunk
hablarle a alguien al chile = say something directly to somebody

hope something helps.

claudia de la torre desentis
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9 hrs
"chile" in English means "child"

"Chile" is a way of saying "child" in English.

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