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"Underarm" is a noun which is often translated as "la axila", and "armpit" is a noun which is also often translated as "la axila". Learn more about the difference between "underarm" and "armpit" below.
underarm
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (anatomy)
a. la axila
(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).
Deodorant goes on your underarms.El desodorante se pone en las axilas.
b. el sobaco
(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).
When I hit puberty, hair started growing on my underarms.Cuando llegué a la pubertad, me empezó a crecer vello en los sobacos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (anatomy)
a. de axilas (invariable)
Underarm sweat smells very bad.El sudor de axilas huele muy mal.
3. (sports)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you want to improve at bowling, practice your underarm throw.Si quieres mejorar en los bolos, practica tu tiro por debajo del hombro.
The tennis player is well-known for his underarm serve.El tenista es famoso por su servicio por abajo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (sports)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hit the ball underarm.Golpea la pelota sin levantar el brazo por encima del hombro.
Throw the ball underarm this time.Esta vez tira la bola por debajo del hombro.
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armpit(
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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. (anatomy)
a. la axila
(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).
Stephanie shaved her armpits before sunbathing on the beach.Stephanie se afeitó las axilas antes de tomar el sol en la playa.
b. el sobaco
(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).
Mark tickled his brother's armpits to make him laugh.Mark le hizo cosquillas en los sobacos de su hermano para hacerlo reír.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(terrible place)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cloaca
(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)
Nothing ever happens in this town. It's the armpit of the world!Nada ocurre jamás en esta ciudad. ¡Es la cloaca del mundo!
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