But they aren't all used in the same way. In most cases, you're safe to use any of the above words to refer to boys and girls. However, in some cases they can have more specialized uses. As a general adjective , chico is simply a word for "small," especially when referring to something that is smaller than other beings or things of its type.
Different Spanish words for girls (and boys) - Duolingo Forum Comments
I would like to know if there are differences among the three, certain nuances in terms of meaning, perhaps. Thank you! I have more variations used here in Spain :. English has many words for boys, girls, kids, guys, gals, chicks, tots, toddlers, adolescents, children, youngsters, teens, and so on. I do not see how the number of synonyms makes a language more or less "practical.