Meaning of Chambear

What is Chambear:

Chambear is a verb used colloquially in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras as a synonym for working.

Chambear was accepted by the Royal Spanish Academy in 2014 and indicates that the word derives from the old Portuguese chamba, which means both leg and rude.

In this sense, the peasants were designated chambas, who were generally those who worked in small jobs.

Related to the verb chambear, the word chamba is commonly used in Mexico, some Central American countries, Ecuador and Peru and refers to paid work.

In Mexico, it is popularly claimed that chamba was introduced by Mexican immigrants from English chambers, in relation to the Chamber of Commerce (Chambers of commerce in English), where many exercised compulsory "job".

Synonyms for chamba in its colloquial form have "laburo" in Argentina, "cahuelo" in Peru and "stick" in Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile.

Chambear in reggaeton

In Puerto Rico, the verb chambear is used to indicate the action of preparing for a physical or verbal combat.

This concept of chambing has become known due to the Puerto Rican musicians of the reggaeton style use the expression “chambear y jalar” as a metaphor that refers to the lone llaneros who are in a duel: they load their pistol (chambea) and then shoot ( pull).

In reference to verbal confrontations, chambing would indicate the action of loading the words on the head and pulling would be the shooting of them through the mouth.

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