Quick answer
"Messing" is a form of "mess", a noun which is often translated as "el desorden". "Joking" is an adjective which is often translated as "jocoso". Learn more about the difference between "joking" and "messing" below.
joking(
jo
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kihng
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in humor)
a. jocoso
I didn't like his joking tone. I thought it rather disrepectful.No me gustó su tono jocoso. Me parecía un tanto irreverente.
b. humorístico
She made a joking reference to his old-fashioned hairstyle.Hizo una referencia humorística a su corte de pelo anticuado.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (jokes)
a. las bromas
(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).
Joking may seem fun, but it can hurt some people's feelings.Las bromas pueden parecer divertidas, pero pueden herir los sentimientos de algunas personas.
b. los chistes
(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).
(verbal)
Their constant joking at his expense was getting on my nerves.Sus constantes chistes a costa de él me estaban poniendo los pelos de punta.
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mess(
mehs
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (disorder)
a. el desorden
(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).
Mom would not tolerate this mess for one minute.Mamá no toleraría este desorden ni por un instante.
b. el desastre
(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).
Go clean the mess in your room.Ve a limpiar el desastre de tu habitación.
c. el relajo
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
He always leaves the kitchen a mess.Siempre deja un relajo en la cocina.
d. el reguero
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Clean up this mess before Mom sees it.Limpien este reguero antes de que mamá lo vea.
2. (problem)
a. el lío
(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).
If you leave all your work to the end, you will end up with a mess.Si dejas todo tu trabajo al último momento, tendrás un lío.
3. (excrement)
a. la caca
(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).
It is your responsibility to pick up your dog's mess.Es responsabilidad tuya recoger la caca de tu perro.
4. (messy substance)
a. la porquería
(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).
What's that mess on the carpet?¿Qué es esta porquería que está en la alfombra?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to soil)
a. ensuciarse
I'm afraid Louisa has messed her diaper.Lo siento. Louisa se ha ensuciado el pañal.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to defecate) (United Kingdom)
a. hacer caca
We need to house-train your dog as soon as possible so she stops messing in the house.Hay que educar a tu perra lo antes posible para que deje de hacer caca en la casa.
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