How to Say “Shut Up” in Spanish

Quick Answer

Shut up. = Cállate.

Using Callarse As a Command

To tell someone to shut up or to be quiet, you need to form a command with the verb callarse(to shut up). How you conjugate callarse depends on whether you are speaking to someone informally or formally and whether you are speaking to one person or a group of people.

Let’s take a closer look at how to form commands with callarse!

SubjectCommandUse
cállate
To tell a friend, classmate, child, or family member the same age as you or younger to be quiet or shut up.
usted
cállese
To tell someone you don't know well or a person older than you to be quiet or shut up.
ustedes
cállense
In Latin America, to tell any group of people to be quiet or shut up. In Spain, to tell a group of people formally to be quiet or shut up.
vosotros
callaos
In Spain, to tell a group of people you are familiar with to be quiet or shut up.

Note that although telling someone directly to shut up would normally be considered rude in English, the equivalent Spanish commands are not necessarily rude and can be used equally to tell people to be quiet or shut up. So, ¡No te ofendas!(Don't take offense!) The tone and context should make the speaker's intent clear. Check out these examples:

examples

¡Cállense, por favor! Que vamos a empezar la clase.
Quiet, please! We're ready to start the class.

¡Cállate! Me estás poniendo de los nervios.
Shut up! You're getting on my nerves.

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Let's take a look at some examples!

examples
¡Cállate! No puedo oír la tele.
Shut up! I can't hear the TV.
Cállese, por favor. Necesito hacer una llamada.
Be quiet, please. I need to make a phone call.
¡Cállense! Están tomando un examen.
Be quiet! You are taking a test.

Other Ways to Say "Shut Up" in Spanish

Cállate isn't the only way to tell someone to shut up in Spanish. Let's take a look at some alternatives!

The commands given in the following table are in the tú form.

SpanishEnglish
¡Cállate la boca!
Shut up!/Shut your mouth!
¡Chitón!
Shush!
Cierra el pico.
Keep quiet.
Guarda silencio.
Keep silent.
¡Silencio!
Silence!/Quiet!