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"Baby" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la bebé", and "hey" is an interjection which is often translated as "oye". Learn more about the difference between "baby" and "hey" below.
baby(
bey
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bi
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (infant)
a. el bebé
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la bebé
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The baby slept soundly through the night.El bebé durmió profundamente toda la noche.
b. el bebe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la beba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
(River Plate)
The babies happily listened to the lullaby.Los bebes escucharon felizmente la canción de cuna.
c. el nene
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la nena
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
How's your baby? Is she walking yet?¿Cómo está tu nena? ¿Ya camina?
d. el guagua
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la guagua
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Andes)
We saw a ton of babies at the park.Vimos un montón de guaguas en el parque.
2. (animal)
a. la cría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Rabbits can have babies every 30 days.Los conejos pueden tener crías cada 30 días.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(term of endearment)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. amor
I love you so much, baby.Te quiero tanto, amor.
b. cariño
Baby, can you bring me some coffee?Cariño, ¿me puedes traer café?
c. nene
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(masculine)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Baby, you look so handsome in that suit.Nene, te ves guapísimo en ese traje.
d. nena
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(feminine)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Are you okay, baby? You look sad.¿Nena, estás bien? Te ves triste.
e. bebe
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Don't get mad, baby. You asked for my opinion, and I gave it to you.No te enfades, bebe. Me pediste mi opinión, y yo te la di.
4. (significant other)
a. el chico
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la chica
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Here comes my baby.Aquí viene mi chico.
5. (childish person)
a. el niño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la niña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Don't be such a baby! It doesn't hurt that much.¡No seas niño! No duele tanto.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (small)
a. pequeño
I had some baby carrots as a snack.Comí zanahorias pequeñas como merienda.
7. (for a baby)
a. de bebé
I gave her a baby blanket.Le regalé una cobija de bebé.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to pamper)
a. mimar
I love to baby my cat.Me encanta mimar a mi gato.
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hey(
hey
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to call someone's attention)
a. oye
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Hey! What's wrong with you?¡Oye! ¿Qué te pasa?
b. eh
Hey! You can't eat here.¡Eh! No se puede comer aquí.
c. mira
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Hey! Don't step on the grass!¡Mira! ¡No pises el césped!
d. escucha
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Hey, I'm talking to you!¡Escucha! ¡Te estoy hablando!
e. ole
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Hey, don't talk to me like that!¡Ole! ¡No me hables así!
f. hala
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Hey, don't feed the dog!¡Hala! ¡No le des comida al perro!
g. momentito
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
Hey, don't cut in line!¡Momentito! ¡No te cueles!
2. (greeting)
a. hola
Hey! How's it going?¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?
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