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"Descarado" is an adjective which is often translated as "shameless", and "atrevido" is an adjective which is often translated as "daring". Learn more about the difference between "descarado" and "atrevido" below.
descarado(
dehs
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kah
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rah
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (brazen)
a. shameless
Decidió ignorar su actitud descarada.She chose to ignore his shameless attitude.
b. sassy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Es una mujer descarada que no teme decir la verdad.She is a sassy woman who is not afraid to speak the truth.
c. cheeky (United Kingdom)
Un alumno descarado se atrevió a ridiculizarme en clase.A cheeky student dared to ridicule me in class.
d. impertinent
Esa es una pregunta descarada que no voy a contestar.That is an impertinent question which I'm not going to answer.
2. (flagrant)
a. blatant
Fue un intento descarado de soborno a un juez.That was a blatant attempt to bribe a judge.
b. barefaced
¿Cómo pudiste creerte una mentira tan descarada?How could you swallow such a barefaced lie?
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).
3. (insolent person)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es un descarado. No le importa quedar mal.He is shameless. He doesn't care about making a bad impression.
Esa descarada me dijo que soy fea.That rude girl said I look ugly.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(of course)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Si tuviera tiempo, descarado que iría a la playa todos los días.If I had time, you can bet I would go to the beach every day.
Lo dijo para hacerte sentir mal, descarado.She said it on purpose; just to hurt you.
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atrevido(
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treh
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bee
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (adventurous)
a. daring
Lo más atrevido que ha hecho es puenting.The most daring thing she has ever done is bungee jumping.
b. bold
Hay una diferencia entre ser atrevido y ser estúpido.There's a difference between being bold and being stupid.
c. adventurous
Ella quiso hacer paracaidismo pero no soy tan atrevido.She wanted to go skydiving but I'm not that adventurous.
2. (insolent)
a. sassy (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El niño me habló con un tono atrevido.The kid talked to me in a sassy tone.
b. cheeky (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
Tu hijo tiene un temperamento muy atrevido.Your son has a very cheeky nature.
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