puntadas is the plural form of puntada.
feminine noun
1. (sewing) 
a. stitch 
Se había descosido el dobladillo de la falda así que le di una puntada.The hem of the skirt had come undone so I put it a stitch in it.
2. (stab of pain) (Southern Cone) 
Cuando sentí una fuerte puntada en el pecho acudí a urgencias inmediatamente.When I felt a strong stabbing pain in my chest I went straight to the emergency room.
A mi madre le dio una puntada en las lumbares y no puede ponerse derecha.My mother felt a sharp pain in her lower back and she can't stand up.
3. (colloquial) (humorous remark) (Central America) (Mexico) 
En la cena, María hizo una puntada que hizo reír a todo el mundo.At dinner, Maria made a witty remark which made everyone laugh.
b. witticism 
Hubiera querido que se me ocurriera alguna puntada para responder al desaire.I wished I could have thought of some witticism in reply to his put-down.
c. quip 
Tu hermana hizo una desafortunada puntada mientras hablábamos de un tema delicado.Your sister made a rather unfortunate quip while we were talking about a sensitive issue.
4. (colloquial) (insinuation) (Spain) 
a. hint 
Es fácil ver que a Juan le gustas por las puntadas que te suelta.It's easy to see that Juan likes you because of the hints he drops.
1. (en costura) 
a. stitch 
2. (dolor) (River Plate) 
a. stabbing pain 
3. (broma) (Mexico) 
a. witticism 
1 (Cos) stitch
se ven las puntadas you can see the stitching; dale unas puntaditas más a la manga put a few more stitches in the sleeves
no dar puntada
hoy no ha dado puntada he hasn't done a stroke all day; no ha dado puntada en el asunto he's done nothing at all about it
puntada cruzada cross-stitch
puntada invisible invisible mending
2 (insinuación) hint
pegar o soltar una puntada to drop a hint
3 (dolor) stitch; sharp pain
4 (México) witty remark; witticism
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dar puntadas
to give stitches
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