Quick answer
"Cussing" is a noun which is often translated as "la palabrota", and "cuss word" is a noun which is also often translated as "la palabrota". Learn more about the difference between "cussing" and "cuss word" below.
cuss
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (swear word)
a. la palabrota
(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).
Marlene let out a cuss on seeing the hole in the fence through which the dogs had escaped.Marlene soltó una palabrota al ver el hueco en la cerca por donde se habían escapado los perros.
b. la mala palabra
(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).
You should have heard the stream of cusses that Dave let out when he saw what the reporter had written.Tenías que haber oído la sarta de malas palabras que soltó Dave al ver lo que había escrito el reportero.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(annoying person)
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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Grainger is a stubborn cuss; he'll never sell that piece of land to us.Grainger es un tipo terco; nunca nos va a vender aquella parcela.
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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I'd never have asked him to work for us if I'd known what an awkward cuss he was.Nunca le habría pedido que trabajara para nosotros si hubiera sabido que era un tío tan difícil.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to curse)
a. decir palabrotas
Will you stop cussing and listen to me?¿Quieres dejar de decir palabrotas y escucharme a mí?
b. maldecir
Stephanie cusses like a sailor when she's mad.Stephanie sabe maldecir como un marinero cuando está enojada.
c. despotricar
It was obvious that Fred was angry since he kept cussing under his breath.Era evidente que Fred estaba enojado ya que que no paraba de despotricar en voz baja.
d. jurar
You shouldn't cuss on social media; it gives a bad impression.No deberías jurar en las redes sociales; da una mala impresión.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to swear at)
a. insultar
When I didn't give him any money, the beggar cussed me and spat on the ground.Cuando no le di dinero, el mendigo me insultó y escupió en el suelo.
b. poner de vuelta y media a
Joe's boss was cussing him for wasting time.El jefe de Joe lo estaba poniendo de vuelta y media por perder tiempo.
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cuss word(
kuhs
 
wuhrd
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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. (general)
a. la palabrota
(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).
Kids pick up new vocabulary all the time, and cuss words are a part of it.Los chicos incorporan vocabulario nuevo todo el tiempo, y las palabrotas son parte de él.
b. la grosería
(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).
Can't you find a way to express your feelings without a cuss word?¿No puedes encontrar una manera de demostrar tus sentimientos sin usar groserías?
c. el taco
(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)
When is it appropriate to use a cuss word?¿Cuándo es apropiado usar un taco?
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