What Does "ese" Mean?

Quick Answer

ese  = dude, bro, homie

As a term of address, this term was popularized in Spanish-speaking regions of the United States. The word on the street is that it came about as a shorthand way for speakers of Mexican Spanish to say ese vato or ese güey (that dude).

While not commonly used in Mexico, you're quite likely to hear it in California, for example. But, ¡aguas! (be careful!), in some parts of California ese is used by members of certain gangs to self-identify.

¿Qué onda, ese?
What's up, bro?
 
No manches, ese, ¿dónde conseguiste esa carcacha?
Jeez, dude, where'd you get that old wreck?
 

Ese has many other meanings in Spanish. Check some of them out here!

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