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Definition of Guayabo

The word guayabo, in its original sense, refers to the tree that produces guavas, the fruit that is green on the outside and red on the inside and has a sweet flavor and a high vitamin content.

Now, in the colloquial sense it has different meanings, in one case, we can be talking about a hangover, guayabo refers to that physical regret you have when you have drunk a lot of alcohol or when you miss something past; in the other case, it refers to a young and attractive woman, in the colloquial sense.


  1. Hangover
  2. Physical discomfort
  3. Headache
  4. Sadness
  5. Nostalgia
  6. Young
  7. Attractive


The word guayabo comes from the Latin guajava and in its original sense means the large tree that bears guava fruit. This word entered the Spanish lexicon thanks to the historian Oviedo, who in his literary work defines guayabo as a tree.

However, the meaning of hangover comes thanks to the characteristic of the fruit, when the guava is rotten it is not noticeable on the outside, likewise that person who has consumed alcohol and just sits down, looks healthy.


In some Latin American countries, the word guayabo refers to a lying, hypocritical person, who on the outside appears to be one thing, but inside is rotten, just like the fruit that, when you look at it, seems divine, but inside you have to discover its state.

In turn, the word guayabo also refers to situations that appear to be something that in reality they are not. Such as, for example, an employment situation that seems deceitful in order to get employees to resign.