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"Gag" is a noun which is often translated as "la mordaza", and "joke" is a noun which is often translated as "la broma". Learn more about the difference between "gag" and "joke" below.
gag(
gahg
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (restriction for mouth)
a. la mordaza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The police took the gag out of the hostage's mouth.El policía quitó la mordaza de la boca del rehén.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(legal)
a. la mordaza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
The judge put a gag on the plaintiff until the case was resolved.El juez le puso una mordaza al demandante hasta que se resolviera el caso.
3. (joke)
a. el chiste
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Bettina had the whole family laughing with her gag.Bettina hizo que toda la familia se riera con su chiste.
b. la broma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The class played a gag on their teacher, but he didn't know it was meant to be a gag.La clase le hizo una broma al maestro, pero él no sabía que se suponía que fuera una broma.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to put a gag on)
a. amordazar
The kidnappers gagged the journalist with tape.Los secuestradores amordazaron al periodista con cinta.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to silence)
a. amordazar
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
The candidate said that private interests are gagging the media.El candidato dijo que hay intereses particulares que están amordazando los medios.
b. silenciar
The government tried to gag the whistleblower.El gobierno intentó silenciar al denunciante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to retch)
a. tener arcadas
If you don't stop talking about how wonderful your boyfriend is, I'm going to gag.Si no dejas de hablar sobre lo maravilloso que es tu novio, voy a tener arcadas.
b. sentir náuseas
When I saw all the blood from Sean's bloody nose, it made me gag.Cuando vi la sangre que salía de la nariz de Sean, me hizo sentir náuseas.
7. (to be unable to swallow; used with "on")
a. atragantarse con
I almost gagged on the banana because I ate it so fast.Casí me atraganté con el plátano por comerlo tan rápido.
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joke(
jok
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (jest)
a. la broma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Anita painted the cat green as a joke.Anita pintó el gato de verde para gastar una broma.
b. el chiste
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Steven told a lot of jokes at the party to make us laugh.Steven contó muchos chistes en la fiesta para hacernos reír.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(inept person)
a. el hazmerreír
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la hazmerreír
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The democratic candidate said publicly that the president is a joke.El candidato democrático dijo en público que el presidente es un hazmerreír.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(farce)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The final exam was a joke. I finished it in ten minutes.El examen final fue ridículo. Lo acabé en diez minutos.
This article is such a joke. The facts are all wrong and there's a clear bias.Este artículo es inútil. Los datos no son correctos y hay un marcado sesgo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make jokes)
a. contar chistes
Mariel loves to joke about our soccer team.A Mariel le encanta contar chistes acerca de nuestro equipo de fútbol.
b. bromear
You shouldn't joke about ethnic groups.No deberías bromear acerca de grupos étnicos.
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