Quick answer
"Cats" is a form of "cat", a noun which is often translated as "el gato". "Dogs" is a form of "dog", a noun which is often translated as "el perro". Learn more about the difference between "cats" and "dogs" below.
cat(
kaht
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. el gato
(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 gata
(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).
(domestic)
I saw a cat feeding her kittens today.Hoy vi una gata amamantando a sus gatitos.
b. el felino
(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).
(wild)
Many big cats are in danger of extinction.Muchos de los grandes felinos están en peligro de extinción.
2.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(person)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el tipo
(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 tipa
(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).
This comedian is a funny cat.Este cómico es un tipo divertido.
b. el tío
(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 tía
(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 Spain
(Spain)
Your brother is such a cool cat!¡Tu hermano es un tío muy majo!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (nautical)
a. levar
The captain ordered the sailor to cat the anchor.El capitán ordenó al marinero que levara el ancla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to vomit) (United Kingdom)
a. devolver
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
If you're going to cat, use the plastic bag, please.Si vas a devolver, usa la bolsa de plástico, por favor.
CAT
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
5. (Computerized Axial Tomography)
a. la TAC
(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).
Doctors can use a CAT scan to diagnose cancer and other diseases.Los médicos pueden usar un escáner TAC para diagnosticar el cáncer y otras enfermedades.
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dog(
dag
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. el perro
(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 perra
(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).
My dog is a German Shepherd.Mi perro es un pastor alemán.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(wicked person)
a. el bribón
(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 bribona
(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).
My coworker is a lazy dog; I'm always having to do his work.Mi colega es un bribón perezoso; siempre le tengo que estar haciendo el trabajo.
b. el canalla
(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 canalla
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
That dog started cheating on his girlfriend almost as soon as they started going out.Ese canalla le pegó cuernos a su novia prácticamente tan pronto empezaron a salir.
3.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(unattractive woman)
a. el adefesio
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Claire would spend hours primping because she didn't want to look like a dog.Claire pasaba horas arreglándose porque no quería parecer un adefesio.
b. el bagre
(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).
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)
Matt gave Bob a thrashing for calling his sister a dog.Matt le dio una golpiza a Bob por llamar bagre a su hermana.
c. el callo
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Rosalia might not be the most beautiful girl in the world, but she's not a dog either.Puede que Rosalía no sea la chica más guapa del mundo, pero tampoco es un callo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to follow)
a. seguir
The neighborhood bullies dogged him all the way to his house.Los matones del vecindario lo siguieron el camino entero hasta llegar a su casa.
5. (to plague)
a. perseguir
He has been dogged by scandal his entire career.El escándalo lo ha perseguido durante su carrera entera.
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