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"Dibujo" is a noun which is often translated as "drawing", and "garabato" is a noun which is often translated as "scribble". Learn more about the difference between "dibujo" and "garabato" below.
dibujo(
dee
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boo
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hoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (illustration)
a. drawing
Ese dibujo hermoso en el refrigerador es el trabajo de mi sobrina.That beautiful drawing on the refrigerator is my niece's work.
2. (activity)
a. drawing
Nunca he sido muy buena para el dibujo, pero estoy tomando un curso.I've never been very good at drawing, but I'm taking a class.
3. (design)
a. pattern
El dibujo en tu bufanda es muy bonito, pero ¿qué es?The pattern on your scarf is very pretty, but what is it?
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garabato(
gah
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rah
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bah
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (careless piece of drawing or writing)
a. scribble
Por más que trato de entender qué escribió mi doctor en este papel, solo veo garabatos.As hard as I try to read what my doctor wrote on this piece of paper, I only see scribbles.
Los márgenes del manuscrito estaban llenos de garabatos que resultaron difíciles de descifrar.The margins of the manuscript were full of scribbles that were hard to decipher.
b. scrawl
Puso su firma con un garabato ilegible.She signed her name with an illegible scrawl.
c. doodle
Tengo la costumbre de dibujar garabatos mientras hablo por teléfono.I have the habit of making doodles while I'm on the phone.
2. (holder)
a. hook
Antiguamente en las cocinas se colgaban los chorizos de un garabato.In the past chorizo was hung from a hook in the kitchen.
3. (curse)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. swearword
Yo nunca digo garabatos porque me parece muy grosero.I never use swearwords because I think it's very rude.
4. (nautical)
a. grappling iron
Los buzos vinieron con garabatos y empezaron a dragar el lago.The divers came with grappling irons and began dredging the lake.
b. grapnel
Usando un garabato la tripulación subió al barco la boya rota.The crew used a grapnel to get the broken buoy onto the ship.
garabatos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (illegible writing)
a. scribble
El farmacéutico no pudo descifrar los garabatos del médico en la receta.The pharmacist couldn't make out the doctor's scribble on the prescription.
b. scrawl
¿Qué son estos garabatos? ¡Apenas se leen!What's this scrawl? You can hardly read it!
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