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"Peino" is a form of "peinar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to comb". "Pelo" is a noun which is often translated as "hair". Learn more about the difference between "pelo" and "peino" below.
pelo(
peh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (single strand)
a. hair
Había un pelo en la sopa, ¡qué asco!There was a hair in my soup, disgusting!
2. (multiple strands)
a. hair
Mi prima tiene el pelo rubio ceniza natural.My cousin has natural ash blonde hair.
b. fur
El pelo de los osos no es tan suave como parece.Bear's fur is not as smooth as it looks like.
c. coat
Tienes que cepillarle el pelo a tu perro para eliminar los pelos sueltos.You have to brush your dog's coat to remove any loose hair.
d. down
Es alérgico al pelo del melocotón.He's allergic to peach down.
e. nap
Cepilla el pelo de la manta para que se mantenga suave.Brush the nap of the blanket to keep it soft.
f. pile
Usa un spray para limpiar el pelo de la alfombra.Use a spray to clean the carpet pile.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(a little)
a. dash
Añade un pelo de aceite al agua para cocinar la pasta.Add a little dash of oil to the water to cook the pasta.
b. bit
Empujé el baúl con todas mis fuerzas, pero no se movió ni un pelo.I pushed my weight against the chest, but it didn't move a bit.
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peinar(
pey
-
nahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to arrange someone's hair)
a. to comb
Tú ve arreglándote que yo peino al niño.Go on and get ready. I'll comb the baby's hair.
b. to style
¿Vas a salir esta noche? Yo te peino si quieres.Are you going out tonight? I'll style your hair if you like.
c. to do someone's hair
Me encanta cómo llevas el pelo. Me tienes que decir quién te peina.I love your hairstyle. You must tell me who does your hair.
2. (to search very thoroughly)
a. to comb
Peinaron el bosque en busca del niño perdido.They combed the woods looking for the lost child.
peinarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to arrange one's hair)
a. to comb one's hair
Péinate un poco antes de salir.Comb your hair a bit before going out.
b. to style one's hair
Deberías peinarte de una forma que te favoreciera más.You should style your hair in a more becoming way.
c. to get one's hair done
¿Adónde puedo ir a peinarme el día de la boda?Where can I go to get my hair done on the wedding day?
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