By now, you’ve probably seen the phrase “ontas” somewhere on social media. Whether it’s attached to a thirst-trap celebrity photo or a random tweet, “ontas” seems to be the latest phrase everyone is using. So, we decided to do a little digging in hopes of gaining some clarity on this new youth lingo.
Have you noticed the word “ontas” popping up in your newsfeed lately?
Tons of celebrities are tweeting it, some even tagging each other.
— Barbara Palvin (@BarbaraPalvin) April 18, 2019
— Nash Overstreet (@NASHOVERSTREET) April 19, 2019
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) April 18, 2019
i don’t ontas to my ex anymore
— Taylor Caniff (@taylorcaniff) April 18, 2019
Or using it as an Instagram caption for their thirst-trap photos.
And others, like us, are pretty confused about what it means.
Why do I have so many dms on Instagram of people saying "ontas?" Am I missing something? Puedo hablar espanol tambien pero no entiendo.
— Ross Butler (@RossButler) April 18, 2019
What is Ontas?!
— Colin o'donoghue (@colinodonoghue1) April 19, 2019
Why is everyone saying ontas?
— Neon Future Aoki (@steveaoki) April 18, 2019
As it turns out, “Ontas” is a shortened version of “Dónde estás,” meaning “Where are you?” in Spanish.
In this usage, “Ontas” is more of a sexually motivated term like “U, up?” or “Where you at?”
“Ontas” in Spanish is the short of “¿Dónde estás?” which means “where are you?”. Mexican fuckboys usually use it to know where the person they wanna fuck is, so they can fuck. lmao
— marypaz (@_mrpz_) April 18, 2019
Valley fuckboys started “ontas” we ain’t forget
— Balboa ???? (@aihtcy) April 23, 2019
The definition has even been verified by Urban Dictionary.
Needless to say, people are taking full advantage of the phrase now.