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"Quack" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "graznar", and "honk" is a noun which is often translated as "el graznido". Learn more about the difference between "quack" and "honk" below.
quack
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to make the sound of a duck)
a. graznar
The ducks paddled about the pond, quacking and flapping their wings.Los patos chapoteaban en el estanque, graznando y aleteando.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (sound ducks make)
a. el graznido
(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 little boy heard the quack of a duck out on the lake.El niño oyó el graznido de un pato en el lago.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(phony doctor)
a. el matasanos
(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 matasanos
(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)
That quack gave me the wrong medicine and I got even sicker.Ese matasanos me dio la medicina equivocada y me enfermé aún más.
b. el curandero
(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 curandera
(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 turned out that Dr. Sanchez was a quack and that all the certificates and degrees on the wall were forged.Resultó que el Dr. Sánchez era un curandero y que todos los certificados y títulos en la pared eran falsificados.
4. (impostor)
a. el charlatán
(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 charlatana
(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).
That blogger is a quack with no knowledge of science.Esa blogger es una charlatana sin conocimiento alguno de la ciencia.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (lacking medical credibility)
a. de curandero
You need to go to a real doctor. Some quack remedy isn't going to cure you.Debes ir a un médico de verdad. Un remedio de curandero no te va a curar.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
6. (used to imitate the sound ducks make)
a. cua
"What's your name, pretty duck?" asked the girl, but the duck just said "quack.""¿Cómo te llamas, lindo patito?" preguntó la niña, pero el pato se limitó a decir "cua".
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honk
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (goose cry)
a. el graznido
(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).
I think I heard the honk of a goose coming from the pond.Me pareció oír un graznido de ganso que venía del estanque.
2. (car horn sound)
a. el bocinazo
(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).
I was crossing the street and I heard a honk, but couldn't tell where it came from.Al cruzar la calle, oí un bocinazo, pero no supe de dónde venía.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to sound a car horn)
a. tocar la bocina
A car stopped in front of the house and honked three times.Un coche se detuvo frente a la casa y tocó la bocina tres veces.
b. tocar el claxon
I honked at the car in front of me, because it didn't move on the green light.Toqué el claxon al carro que tenía delante, porque no se puso en marcha al cambiar la luz a verde.
c. pitar
The car behind me honked and I don't know why.El carro de atrás pitó y yo no sé por qué.
4. (to cry)
a. graznar (goose)
I knew spring was on its way when I heard the geese honking.Supe que la primavera estaba en camino cuando escuché graznar a los gansos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to sound)
a. tocar
When you arrive, honk your horn and I'll come out.Cuando llegues, toca la bocina y yo salgo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A car pulled out in front of her and she honked her horn.Se le cruzó un coche y ella le pitó.
My engine stalled and all the cars behind me started honking their horns.Se me paró el motor y todos los coches que venían detrás me empezaron a pitar.
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