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"Dale" is an interjection which is often translated as "go ahead", and "papi" is a noun which is often translated as "daddy". Learn more about the difference between "dale" and "papi" below.
dale(
dah
-
leh
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (encouraging someone to do something)
a. go ahead
¿Quieres dejar tu trabajo? Dale, pues.You want to quit your job? Go ahead, then.
b. do it
Debes ir a saludar esa chica. ¡Dale!You should go say hi to that girl. Do it!
c. go for it
Tienes que jugar mejor si quieres ganar. ¡Dale!You have to play better if you want to win. Go for it!
2. (expressing agreement)
a. okay
¿Quieres cenar afuera esta noche? Dale.Do you want to eat out tonight? Okay.
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papi(
pah
-
pee
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(relative)
a. daddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi papi es el hombre más fuerte del mundo.My daddy is the strongest man in the world.
b. dad
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Papi, necesito dinero para comprar un libro.Dad, I need money to buy a book.
c. pop
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Papi, ¿me llevas al cine?Pop, could you take me to the movies?
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(term of endearment; used to address a man)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. baby
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Qué te pasa, papi?What's the matter, baby?
b. sweetheart
¿Me pasas la mantequilla, papito?Can you pass me the butter, sweetheart?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to address a male friend)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
A ver, papi. ¿Vamos a la fiesta o no?Come on, dude. Shall we go to the party or not?
b. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Bueno, papi. Nos vemos.Ok, mate. See you soon.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(attractive man)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Paraguay
(Paraguay)
a. hunk
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ese papi me vuelve loca!That hunk drives me crazy!
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