When does the word "saber" mean "to taste"?
Most Spanish dictionaries don't have one of the meanings for the verb "saber," "to taste," like in the sentence "Sabe a feo" (It tastes bad) or "A que' sabe?" (What does it taste like?) Why is that?
I think you mean sabor which comes from savor, think "savoury" it savers of..." in English. Here's a linklink text
It's related to savor link text
Check out the Dictionary up there on the right, ...up there
Her's another link which does saber=to know but points out it can also be used in your sense of it.link text
The word "saber" "to taste" can be used as a noun, a verb, and an intransitive verb. The word "sabor" is the noun form. You can say that a food has a good/bad flavor by saying "tiene un buen/mal sabor." If you want to describe how a food tastes, use "saber." "La comida sabe bien"- "The food tastes good." You can also use the word "rico" ("rich") to describe good foods by saying "Esta rico." To use this word as a transitive verb, that is, you describe somebody who is actually physically doing the tasting, then you would use the word "probar" - "to try, sample, taste." "Pruebo el pollo."- "I taste the chicken." "Saborear" means "to flavor." So if you add flavoring to the chicken, say, "Yo saboreo el pollo."
Welcome to the forum, nateskate29. The verb "to taste" is "saborear". Sabor would be the noun "taste". I am not sure if "sabe" is a conjugation of "saborear" though.
my dictionary has
saber a - to taste of; have the flavor of.
I think it doesn't really mean literally, like the phrase "just spit it out". Someone might say it to you if you are having troubles thinking of what to say. They don't actually mean to spit what ever is in your mouth out.
EDIT: punctuation (for clarity)
This is from the dictionary for "saber":
intransitive verb 7. to taste (tener sabor)(a of)
* saber bien/mal -> to taste good/bad * saber a cuernos o rayos (informal figurative) -> to taste disgusting o revolting
My dictionary (Concise American Heritage) has it along with the other saber idioms: saber a = to taste like.
saber a = to taste like
saborear = to taste
it taste bad = sabe gacho/sabe bien gacho/sabe feo/sabe bien feo