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"Giggling" is a form of "giggle", a noun which is often translated as "la risita". "Silly" is an adjective which is often translated as "tonto". Learn more about the difference between "giggling" and "silly" below.
giggle(
gih
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guhl
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of laughing stupidly)
a. la risita
(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).
Let out another giggle during my presentation and I'll kick you out.Suelta otra risita durante mi presentación y te echo.
b. la risa
(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).
She let out a giggle of joy and excitement when she found out that she won the prize.Se le escapó una risa de alegría y emoción cuando descubrió que había ganado el premio.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fun) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My friends and I went to the movie theater for a giggle after a long week.Mis amigos y yo fuimos al cine para divertirnos después de una semana larga.
We went diving into the freezing cold ocean for a giggle.Nos echamos un clavado en el océano helado en plan de broma.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to produce laughter)
a. reírse tontamente
I have a nervous habit of giggling at the most inappropriate times.Tengo el hábito nervioso de reírme tontamente en los momentos más inapropiados.
giggles
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (laughing attack)
a. risa tonta
We had a fit of the giggles when we saw Jamie come in the room.Nos dio un ataque de risa tonta cuando vimos a Jamie entrar en la habitación.
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silly(
sih
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li
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (foolish)
a. tonto
That's a silly question.Esa es una pregunta tonta.
b. bobo
Don't be silly! Of course you should go.¡No seas bobo! Por supuesto que deberías ir.
c. zonzo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
How silly of me!¡Qué zonzo soy!
d. sonso
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
What a silly idea!¡Qué idea más sonsa!
2. (absurd)
a. ridículo
You look silly in that outfit.Te ves ridícula con ese atuendo.
3. (senseless)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The haunted house scared them silly.La casa embrujada los dejó anonadados de miedo.
We laughed ourselves silly.Nos desternillamos de risa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (foolish person)
a. el tonto
(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 tonta
(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).
I was just joking, silly!¡Solo estaba bromeando, tonta!
b. el bobo
(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 boba
(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).
Don't put it there, silly!¡No lo pongas ahí, bobo!
c. el zonzo
(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 zonza
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Come here, silly! I didn't mean it.¡Ven acá, zonzo! No lo dije en serio.
d. el sonso
(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 sonsa
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
No, silly, it's that button you have to press.No, sonsa, es ese botón que hay que presionar.
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