Quick answer
"Clippers" is a plural noun which is often translated as "el cortaúñas", and "trimmer" is a noun which is often translated as "la desbrozadora". Learn more about the difference between "clippers" and "trimmer" below.
clippers
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (for nails)
a. el cortaúñas
(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 could never get the hang of nail clippers so I always use scissors.Nunca me acostumbré a usar cortaúñas así que siempre uso tijeras.
2. (for hair)
a. la maquinilla
(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).
It took the barber less than two minutes to run the clippers through my hair.Al peluquero le tomó menos de dos minutos pasarme la maquinilla por el pelo.
3. (gardening)
a. las tijeras de podar
(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).
Trimming the hedge with those clippers is going to be a long job.Recortar el seto con esas tijeras de podar va a tomar mucho tiempo.
b. la podadera
(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).
I used my clippers to remove a few small twigs.Usé la podadera para quitar unas ramitas chiquitas.
clipper
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (nautical)
a. el clíper
(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).
The clipper completed the voyage from New York to San Francisco in 89 days.El clíper hizo el viaje de Nueva York a San Francisco en 89 días.
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trimmer
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (agriculture)
a. la desbrozadora
(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).
Do you have a trimmer that I can borrow? I want to cut my hedges this afternoon.¿Tienes un desbrozadora para prestarme? Quiero cortar los setos esta tarde.
b. la bordeadora
(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 Argentina
(Argentina)
The maintenance crew, armed with trimmers, manicured the lawn in front of the school.El equipo de mantenimiento, armado de bordeadoras, arregló el césped que está en el frente de la escuela.
2. (hairstyling)
a. el cortapelos
(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 used a trimmer on my mustache before going out for dinner.Use un cortapelos en el bigote antes de salir a cenar.
b. el recortador
(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).
Bill used a nose hair trimmer to trim his long nose hairs.Bill utilizó un recortador para recortar los largos vellos de la nariz.
c. la recortadora
(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).
I keep my beard neat by using a trimmer every day.Mantengo la barba bien cuidada usando una recortadora todos los días.
d. el barbero
(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).
(used for beards)
The barber's trimmer was broken, and he couldn't trim my beard.Al peluquero se le rompió el barbero y no pudo cortarme la barba.
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