Quick answer
"Chips" is a form of "chip", a noun which is often translated as "la astilla". "Snack" is a noun which is often translated as "el tentempié". Learn more about the difference between "chips" and "snack" below.
chip(
chihp
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (small piece)
a. la astilla
(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).
(of wood)
We put wood chips around the trees in the garden.Pusimos astillas de manera alrededor de los árboles en el jardín.
b. la esquirla
(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).
(of stone or glass)
I hurt my foot with a glass chip.Me lastimé el pie con una esquirla de vidrio.
c. la lasca
(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).
(of stone)
Why do you have that pile of stone chips in the backyard?¿Por qué tienes esa pila de lascas de piedra en el jardín?
d. la viruta
(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).
(of wood)
Wood chips are great to make compost.Las virutas de madera son buenísimas para hacer compost.
2. (culinary)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la papa
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I had a bag of chips for lunch.Para almorzar me comí una bolsa de papas.
b. la patata frita
(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)
Can you get me some chips from the vending machine?¿Me puedes comprar unas patatas fritas de la máquina expendedora?
3. (culinary) (United Kingdom)
a. la papa frita
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
What'll you have? - Steak and chips for me.¿Qué desea? - Para mí un bistec con papas fritas.
b. la patata frita
(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)
The fish comes with chips or a salad.El pescado viene acompañado de patatas fritas o una ensalada.
4. (computing)
a. el microchip
(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).
We make chips for computers and other electronic equipment.Fabricamos microchips para computadoras y otros equipos electrónicos.
5. (gambling)
a. la ficha
(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).
She won a ton of chips from playing blackjack.Ganó un montón de fichas jugando al blackjack.
6. (flaw)
a. la mella
(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).
His friends nicknamed him "Chip" because of the chip in his front tooth.Sus amigos le dieron el apodo de "Chip" por la mella que tiene en el diente de delante.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to damage)
a. desportillar
Don't tell Dad that I chipped the plate.No le digas a papá que desportillé el plato.
b. mellar (tooth)
The kid chipped his tooth when he fell down.El niño se melló el diente al caerse.
8. (to put a microchip in)
a. ponerle un chip a
The vet recommended that we chip our dog in case he gets lost.El veterinario nos recomendó ponerle un chip a nuestro perro en caso de que se pierda.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to break off into pieces)
a. desconcharse (paint, nail polish)
If you buy cheap paint, it will chip and the house will look shabby.Si compras pintura barata, se desconchará y la casa se verá destartalada.
b. desportillarse (ceramics)
The saleswoman told me that these plates won't chip within the next 25 years.La vendedora me dijo que esta vajilla no se desportillará durante los próximos 25 años.
c. saltarse (paint, nail polish) (Southern Cone)
This nail polish will last about a week before nails start chipping.Este esmalte dura más o menos una semana hasta que empieza a saltarse.
d. cascarse (River Plate)
The glass chipped in the dishwaher.El vaso se cascó en el lavaplatos.
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snack(
snahk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (light meal)
a. el tentempié
(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).
I went to the fridge, looking for a little snack.Fui a la nevera, buscando un pequeño tentempié.
b. el refrigerio
(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).
We had a snack during our coffee break.Comimos un refrigerio durante el descanso.
c. la merienda
(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).
(eaten in the afternoon)
I had a snack after I got home from school.Me comí una merienda al regresar de la escuela.
d. el piscolabis
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I had a snack before the exam.Me tomé un piscolabis antes del examen.
e. la botana
(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 Mexico
(Mexico)
We brought snacks to the party.Trajimos botanas a la fiesta.
f. la picadera
(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 Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
Our office has unlimited snacks.Nuestra oficina tiene picadera ilimitada.
g. la colación
(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).
(eaten around noon)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The children had a snack after their geography class.Los niños se tomaron su colación después de la clase de geografía.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to have a snack)
a. tomarse un tentempié
We snacked while watching the game.Nos tomamos un tentempié mientras veíamos el partido.
b. picar
He's always snacking between meals.Siempre anda picando entre comidas.
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