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"Delgado" is an adjective which is often translated as "thin", and "deportista" is a noun which is often translated as "athlete". Learn more about the difference between "delgado" and "deportista" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slender)
a. thin
Estás muy delgado, Paco. ¡Come más de la sopa que te preparé!You're so thin, Paco. Have more of the soup I made you!
b. slim
La mujer delgada tenía el cabello oscuro y los ojos muy profundos.The slim woman had dark hair and very deep-set eyes.
2. (delicate)
a. fine
La araña tejió su telaraña con unos hilos muy delgados.The spider spun her web with very fine threads.
b. thin
No recomiendo que uses una tela tan delgada para hacer un pantalón de mezclilla.I wouldn't recommend you use such thin fabric to make jeans.
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el deportista, la deportista(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (person who does sports)
a. athlete
Un buen deportista jamás haría trampa solo para ganar un torneo.A good athlete would never cheat just to win a tournament.
La madre de Fred fue una deportista famosa que representó a Canadá en las Olimpiadas.Fred's mother was a famous athlete who represented Canada at the Olympics.
b. sportsperson
Las deportistas de ese equipo destacaron en diversas categorías.The sportspeople on that team excelled in different categories.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (athletic)
a. sporty
Mi hijo es muy deportista y le encanta sobre todo hacer footing.My son is very sporty, and above all, he loves to jog.
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