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"Perro" is a noun which is often translated as "dog", and "gato" is a noun which is often translated as "cat". Learn more about the difference between "perro" and "gato" below.
el perro, la perra(
peh
-
rroh
)
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. (animal)
a. dog
Saco al perro tres veces al día.I walk the dog three times a day.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(unpleasant person)
a. pig (masculine)
Todos sus ex-novios eran perros de verdad.All of her ex-boyfriends were total pigs.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(very bad)
a. lousy
Ha tenido una vida perra, pero no por eso se puede desquitar con todo el mundo.He's had a lousy life, but that doesn't mean he can take it out on everyone else.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hard)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. difficult
Estuvo súper perro el examen. Nadie lo pudo pasar.The exam was super difficult. Nobody was able to pass it.
5.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(astute)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. cunning
Esa señora es bien perra. Siempre se sale con la suya.That lady is so cunning. She always gets what she wants.
6.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(scummy)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. asshole
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Esos policías perros nos pidieron una mordida.Those asshole cops asked us for a bribe.
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el gato, la gata(
gah
-
toh
)
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. (animal)
a. cat
Mi gato maúlla cuando tiene hambre.My cat meows when he is hungry.
2.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(personal attendant)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. servant
¡No soy tu gato, hazlo tú!I'm not your servant; do it yourself!
b. maid (feminine)
Si quieres café, sírvetelo. No soy tu gata.If you want coffee, get it yourself. I'm not your maid.
3. (nationality)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. person from Madrid
¿Qué sabrá ese de flamenco? Es un gato.What does he know about flamenco? He's from Madrid.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (tool)
a. jack
No sé dónde está el gato en este coche.I don't know where the jack is in this car.
5. (game)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. tic-tac-toe
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Para jugar gato, solo necesitas un lápiz y un papel.To play tic-tac-toe, you just need a pencil and a piece of paper.
b. noughts and crosses (United Kingdom)
Necesitas una estrategia para ganar al gato.You need a strategy to win noughts and crosses.
6. (folk dance)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
(River Plate)
a. gato
Mi abuelo me enseñó a bailar gato.My grandfather taught me how to dance gato.
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