Is there a difference between el chico and el muchacho?

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Is there a difference between el chico and el muchacho?

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updated MAY 9, 2012
posted by a168a

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Hi a168a

As far as actual usage I cannot tell you for sure, but in my Spanish dictionary it lists muchacho as a synonym of chico, but when I looked up muchacho, chico was not a synonym. Instead it listed adolescente.

I will venture to guess by this that chico is more universal or interchangeable; whereas, adolescente may be more suited to use with older boys.

It is probably best, however, to wait for a native speaker to answer this one.

updated SEP 3, 2009
posted by Izanoni1
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