Quick answer
"Joke" is a noun which is often translated as "la broma", and "prank" is a noun which is also often translated as "la broma". Learn more about the difference between "joke" and "prank" below.
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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prank(
preyngk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (practical joke)
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).
I got in trouble for playing a prank on the teacher.Me metí en problemas por gastarle una broma al profesor.
b. la travesura
(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).
Everyone thought the April Fools' Day prank was hilarious.Todo el mundo pensó que la travesura del día de las bromas de abril estuvo graciosísima.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to play a trick on)
a. gastarle una broma a
I used to love watching those TV shows where people were pranked.Me encantaba ver esos programas en la televisión donde se les gastaba una broma a la gente.
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