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"Estrecho" is an adjective which is often translated as "narrow", and "flaco" is an adjective which is often translated as "thin". Learn more about the difference between "estrecho" and "flaco" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of small width)
a. narrow
Seguimos un pasillo muy estrecho que nos condujo hasta una sala enorme.We went along a very narrow corridor that led us to a huge parlor.
2. (close-fitting)
a. tight
Los vaqueros le quedaban tan estrechos que le costó un montón ponérselos.The jeans were so tight that she had to struggle to fit in them.
3. (intimate)
a. close
Entre ambos hermanos existe una relación muy estrecha.The two brothers have a very close relationship.
4. (puritanical)
a. prudish
No seas estrecha. Estamos en el siglo XXI.Don't be prudish. This is the 21st century.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (geography)
a. strait
El estrecho de Gibraltar une el océano Atlántico con el mar Mediterráneo.The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slim)
a. thin
Algunas modelos están demasiado flacas.Some models are too thin.
b. skinny
Está muy flaco después de un mes fuera de casa.He is very skinny after a month away from home.
2. (poor)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hizo un flaco servicio a su familia comprando esas tierras.He did a disservice to his family by buying that land.
Esta mala noticia hace un flaco favor a la Bolsa.This bad news does the Stock Market no favors.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. feeble
Tenía la flaca memoria de una anciana.She had the feeble memory of an elderly lady.
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