What does el chapo mean in Spanish?

There's no direct equivalent translation but in the local slang of Culiacan, "El Chapo" refers to a short, strong-stocky, endomorphic body-type. It likely comes from the slang Chaparro or Chaparrito (male), Chaparra or Chaparrito (female) meaning "short person" (or a euphemism for "sweetie".)

Culiacán is the city, capital of Sinaloa (a state in north-western Mexico). This place was an important early base for Spanish expeditions and is now a regional commercial and service center.

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