Quick answer
"Cop" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la poli", and "policeman" is a noun which is often translated as "el policía". Learn more about the difference between "cop" and "policeman" below.
cop(
kap
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(police officer)
a. el poli
(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 poli
(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)
A cop gave me a ticket for speeding.Un poli me puso una multa por exceso de velocidad.
b. el cana
(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 cana
(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 very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(River Plate)
I was walking in the mall when I saw a cop fighting with a thief.Andaba caminando por el centro comercial cuando vi a un cana peleándose con un ladrón.
2. (use) (United Kingdom)
a. la cosa
(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 took a picture of a kestrel in flight, but the shot's not much cop. It was too far away.Tomé una foto de un cernícalo volando, pero la toma no es gran cosa. Estaba demasiado lejos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to catch)
a. pescar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The authorities copped him trying to use a fake passport.Las autoridades lo pescaron intentando usar un pasaporte falso.
b. pillar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
They copped her just before she escaped on her private plane.La pillaron justo antes de escaparse en su avión privado.
4. (to get)
a. cargarse
Alfredo copped a night in lockup for being drunk in public.Alfredo se cargó una noche en el calabozo por estar borracho en público.
b. llevarse
Ted copped a whack on the head when his brother found out what he'd done.Ted se llevó un porrazo en la cabeza cuando su hermano se enteró de lo que había hecho.
c. ganarse
Gus copped a beating in the fight.Gus se ganó una paliza en la pelea.
5. (to plead)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. declararse
Mickey copped a plea to a lesser charge.Mickey se declaró culpable de un delito menor.
6. (to buy)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. comprar
Ashton copped some weed in the bathroom at the club.Ashton compró marihuana en el baño del club.
cops
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(police officers)
a. los policías
(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).
Patrick played a joke on his brother and made him think the cops were looking for him.Patrick le gastó una broma a su hermano y le hizo pensar que los policías lo buscaban.
b. la cana
(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 very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(River Plate)
The cops came running when they heard the shots.La cana vino corriendo cuando oyeron los tiros.
c. la pasma
(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 very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The cops took Manolo's fake ID, so he's not going to the bar tonight.La pasma se llevó el carné falso de Manolo, así que no va a ir al bar esta noche.
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policeman(
puh
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lis
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muhn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (profession)
a. el policía
(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 policeman helped me when pickpockets robbed me on the train.Un policía me ayudó cuando unos carteristas me robaron en el tren.
b. el agente
(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).
Four policemen ran down the stairs after the criminal.Cuatro agentes echaron a correr escaleras abajo tras el criminal.
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