What the…? The feminine form of coño? Weird stuff…”. Well, today’s word isn’t the feminine form of coño, it has a totally different meaning. Coña is a pretty colloquial word and almost only used in Spain. There it means ‘kidding’ or ‘joking’. It can also be used as an exclamation like; ¡coña! – ‘what a joke!’. Another form of the word is de coña which simply translates to ‘as a joke’.

When insulting someone in Spain, or just saying something mean, you can always save yourself by saying; ¡lo decía de coña!. This simply translates to: ‘Just kidding!’. Again, this is in Spain. In other countries in the hispanosphere it could be that they have no idea where you’re talking about.

Sentences

No lo tomes en serio, lo ha dicho de coña.
Don’t take that seriously – she was only kidding.

¡Ni de coña!
No way! (you must be joking)

¡Ni de coña voy yo a esa boda!
No way am I going to that wedding!

¡Ya está bien de tanta risa y tanta coña!
That’s enough laughing and kidding around!

*Sentences taken from “EsPasa diccionario de la lengua española”.

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SpanishOmelette December 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

In some places of Spain, “coña” is like go for party, so “Vamos de coña esta noche” is like “Vamos a salir esta noche” or “Vamos de fiesta…”…

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Ramses December 4, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Hm, never heard of that one. I think it’s really bound to certain regions, isn’t it?

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Luisc December 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm

It also can mean lucky: “tiene mucha coña” is like “he’s very lucky”. At least here in Spain ;)

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Jade December 7, 2008 at 11:55 am

You can use it to mean “great”: “de coña!” -> “Great!” (it’s almost the same meaning as “de puta madre”)

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