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"Itch" is a noun which is often translated as "la picazón", and "scratch" is a noun which is often translated as "el arañazo". Learn more about the difference between "itch" and "scratch" below.
itch(
ihch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (irritation)
a. la picazón
(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).
Notify your doctor if you notice side effects such as a mild itch or rash.Consulta a tu médico si notas efectos secundarios como picazón leve o sarpullido.
b. el picor
(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).
All the insect bites caused an extreme itch all over his back.Todas esas picaduras de insecto le causaron un picor intensísimo por toda la espalda.
c. la comezón
(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 should have never stepped on that anthill. Now, I have an itch all over!No tendría que haber pisado ese hormiguero. ¡Ahora tengo comezón por todo el cuerpo!
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(desire)
a. el ansia
(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 crowd made her anxious, and she felt the itch to leave the party as soon as possible.La multitud la puso nerviosa y sintió el ansia de salir de la fiesta lo antes posible.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to cause itchiness)
a. picar
Are you sure this is a moisturizer? It really itches.¿Estás seguro de que es una crema hidratante? Me pica mucho.
4. (to be itchy)
a. picar
This morning, I ran through a poison ivy shrub, and now I itch all over as though I had fleas.Esta mañana, pasé corriendo por un arbusto de hiedra venenosa, y ahora me pica todo el cuerpo como si tuviera pulgas.
5. (to want)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He is really itching to go traveling this summer.Tiene muchas ganas de viajar este verano.
I am itching for a huge slice of that cake.Me muero por un pedazo enorme de ese pastel.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to cause itchiness to)
a. picar
I don't like wearing wool, because it itches my skin.No me gusta usar lana, porque me pica la piel.
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scratch(
skrahch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (scrape)
a. el arañazo
(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).
How did you get that scratch on your forehead?¿Cómo te hiciste ese arañazo en la frente?
b. el rasguño
(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).
Stop crying; it's only a scratch.Deja de llorar; no es más que un rasguño.
c. el rayón
(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).
(on surface)
We need to hide that scratch on the floor before dad gets here!¡Tenemos que ocultar ese rayón en el suelo antes de que llegue papá!
2. (sound)
a. el chirrido
(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).
The scratch of a fork against a plate sets my teeth on edge.El chirrido de un tenedor contra un plato me da grima.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (sports)
a. con hándicap de cero (golf)
He may be young, but he's a scratch golfer.Es verdad que es joven, pero es un golfista con hándicap de cero.
4. (haphazard)
a. improvisado
We put together a scratch team to play in the tournament on Saturday.Formamos un equipo improvisado para jugar en el torneo el sábado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to hurt)
a. rasguñarse
Luz scratched her hand on a nail.Luz se rasguñó la mano en un clavo.
6. (to mark)
a. grabar
Some prisoners had scratched their names on the wall.Algunos presos habían grabado sus nombres en la pared.
7. (to scrape)
a. arañar
The cat scratched the wall with its claws.El gato arañó la pared con las uñas.
b. rayar
I scratched the car door against one of the columns in the parking lot.Rayé la puerta del coche contra una de las columnas del aparcamiento.
8. (to relieve itch on)
a. rascarse
Jenny scratched her back with a backscratcher.Jenny se rascó la espalda con un rascador.
9. (to cross off)
a. tachar
You can scratch her from the list because she's not coming.Puedes tacharla de la lista porque no va a venir.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to be itchy)
a. raspar
I don't like wearing this dress because it scratches.No me gusta llevar puesto este vestido porque raspa.
b. picar
I can't wear that sweater because it scratches like crazy.No puedo ponerme ese suéter porque pica un horror.
11. (to itch oneself)
a. rascarse
The dog scratched all the time because of the fleas.El perro se rascaba todo el tiempo por culpa de las pulgas.
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