Saying that someone’s lazy or idle can be done in several ways. Of course there’s always the word perezoso, along with flojo and even holgazán. However, the shortest and in my view the coolest words to say someonés lazy is vago.

Vago is a rather interesting word, as it not only means ‘lazy’ or ‘idle’. It can mean ‘vague’ or ‘slight’ at the same time. Remember the site vagos.es? I always thought that they meant it as “we’re lazy”, but in fact it’s more logical to use it as “we’re a vague bunch of people!”, considered all the pirated stuff that’s floating around over there.

*Grammatical note: the feminine form of vago is vaga. For perezoso it’s perezosa, for flojo it’s floja and for holgazán it’s holgazana.

Sentences

Deja ya de hacer el vago.
Stop lazing around.

¡Mira que eres vago!
Look how lazy you are!

Tiene una vaga idea de lo que ocurrió.
He has a vague idea of what happened.

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John November 30, 2008 at 4:39 am

I love that word- I first learned it while watching the movie Desperado with the Spanish audio turned on. There’s a scene near the beginning where Steve Buscemi’s character mentions a bar that was “lleno de vagos!”. It’s stuck with me ever since.

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peter December 5, 2008 at 5:04 am

I wonder if vago is related to the English word vagabond.

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Ramses December 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Hm, in Spanish ‘vagabond’ is vagabundo, so I guess not.

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alexandra March 4, 2010 at 2:59 am

does anybody noe if there is a spanish word bago and what it means!

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Ramses March 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

No, it's vago. You pronounce the 'v' as a 'b'.

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alberto November 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Vago means… That you are always out in the streets, you don’t come home or you come home late or early in the morning. Is hard to explain but there you go.

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