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"Cute" is an adjective which is often translated as "lindo", and "slick" is an adjective which is often translated as "resbaladizo". Learn more about the difference between "cute" and "slick" below.
cute(
kyut
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (attractive)
a. lindo
You have such a cute puppy!¡Tienes un cachorro muy lindo!
b. precioso
I saw a cute baby at the park.Vi un bebé precioso en el parque.
c. mono
What a cute dress!¡Qué mono tu vestido!
d. rico (colloquial) (Southern Cone)
I want to adopt that cute kitten we saw.Quiero adoptar esa gatita rica que vimos.
e. guapo
There's a really cute guy in that movie.Hay un tipo bien guapo en esa película.
2. (clever)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. listo
She was sent to the office for giving cute answers in class.La mandaron a la oficina por dar repuestas listas en clase.
b. vivo
That kid is going to get himself in trouble if he keeps up the cute attitude.Ese chico se va a meter en problemas si sigue con esa actitud viva.
3. (affected)
a. afectado
You can drop that cute accent; I know you're not Italian.Puedes dejar ese acento afectado; sé que no eres italiano.
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slick(
slihk
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slippery)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. resbaladizo
The puppy's feet were moving, but the poor dog got nowhere on the slick floor.Las patas del cachorro se movían, pero el pobre perro no avanzaba en el piso resbaladizo.
b. resbaloso
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Be careful! The area around the swimming pool is slick.¡Ten cuidado! El área alrededor de la piscina está resbaloso.
2. (clever but not honest)
a. ingenioso pero insustancial
I can't believe how many people have been fooled by his slick campaign.No puedo creer toda la gente que se dejó engañar por sus campaña ingeniosa pero insustancial.
b. hábil
Ted is very slick, and the only people who buy from him are fools.Ted es muy hábil, y las únicas personas que le compran son tontos.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Cecilia seems to be in trouble. - Don't worry. She's slick. She'll talk her way out of it.Parece que Cecilia está en problemas. - No te preocupes. Tiene mucha labia. Ya va a saber qué decir para salir de esta.
He's such a slick salesman, he could sell ice to Eskimos.Tiene tanta labia que podría venderles hielo a los esquimales.
3. (skillful)
a. impecable
That dance routine you performed was slick.Esa rutina de baile que realizaste fue impecable.
b. muy logrado
The students produced a slick documentary about adolescent life today.Los estudiantes produjeron un documental muy logrado sobre la vida de los adolescentes actuales.
4. (smooth and wet)
a. mojado
The road was slick with melting snow.El camino estaba mojado por la nieve que se estaba derritiendo.
b. húmedo
I dried her slick forehead with a handkerchief.Le sequé la frente húmeda con un pañuelo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (slippery patch)
a. la superficie resbaladiza
(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).
Yesterday's rain and today's freezing temperatures have caused slicks througout the area.La lluvia de ayer y las temperaturas heladas de hoy han causado superficies resbaladizas en toda la zona.
6. (automobile)
a. el neumático liso
(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).
Slicks give race cars better traction on dry pavement.Los neumáticos lisos proporcionan mejor tracción sobre el pavimento seco para los coches de carreras.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to grease)
a. alisar
Dave slicked his hair back and headed out to the dance.Dave se alisó el cabello y se dirigió al baile.
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