Quick answer
"Wink" is a noun which is often translated as "el guiño", and "nod" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "asentir con la cabeza". Learn more about the difference between "wink" and "nod" below.
wink(
wihngk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (gesture with the eye)
a. el guiño
(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).
With a wink and a smile, Santa Claus disappeared again up the chimney.Con un guiño y una sonrisa, Papá Noel volvió a desaparecer chimenea arriba.
2. (sleep)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm exhausted. I'm going to go get forty winks before the party.Estoy reventado. Voy a echarme una siestecita antes de la fiesta.
She was so nervous about the test that she didn't sleep a wink.Estaba tan nerviosa por el examen que no pegó ojo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to gesture with the eye)
a. guiñar el ojo
I think that woman winked at me.Creo que esa mujer me guiñó el ojo.
b. hacer un guiño
The bartender winked at her and said, "This one's on the house."El barman le hizo un guiño y dijo "A esta invita la casa".
4. (to flash)
a. parpadear
I could see the lights of the city winking in the distance.Veía las las luces de la ciudad parpadeando a lo lejos.
b. titilar
The boat rocked while we watched the windows of the houses winking from shore.El barco se mecía mientras mirábamos las ventanas de las casas que titilaban en la orilla.
5. (to ignore)
a. mirar hacia el otro lado
The government winks at tax evasion.El gobierno mira hacia el otro lado en lo que concierne al fraude fiscal.
b. hacer la vista gorda
We're not supposed to smoke here, but security winks at it.Se supone que aquí no podemos fumar, pero seguridad hace la vista gorda.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to gesture with the eye)
a. guiñar
The magician winked his eye and disappeared.El mago guiñó el ojo y desapareció.
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nod(
nad
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to gesture with the head)
a. asentir con la cabeza (as a response)
He was unable to speak after the stroke, but he could answer questions by nodding.No podía hablar después del derrame cerebral, pero podía responder asintiendo con la cabeza.
b. saludar con la cabeza (in greetings)
He never says hello, but he will nod at you if you sees you on the street.Nunca dice hola, pero te saludará con la cabeza si te ve en la calle.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(to signal)
He looked at Jane, nodded in the direction they were to walk, and started that way himself.La miró a Jane, señaló en la dirección en la que debían caminar y se puso en marcha hacia ahí.
When I entered the room, he nodded to me to sit down.Cuando entré a la habitación, me indicó con la cabeza que me sentara.
2. (to sway)
a. mecerse
The leaves of the palm trees nodded back and forth in the breeze.Las hojas de las palmeras se mecían de un lado al otro con la brisa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (head movement)
a. la inclinación de la cabeza
(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).
If you see the thief enter the shop again, signal to me with a nod.Si ves al ladrón entrar en la tienda de nuevo, hazme una inclinación de la cabeza como seña.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to gesture with the head)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My manager nodded her head when I asked her for a raise.Mi gerente asintió con la cabeza cuando le pedí un aumento.
When I asked my mother if I could go out with my friends, she nodded her consent.Cuando le pedí a mi madre salir con mis amigos, me dio el consentimiento con una inclinación de la cabeza.
5. (sports)
a. cabecear (soccer)
The soccer player retrieved the pass from his teammate and nodded the ball into the goal.El futbolista recuperó el pase de su compañero de equipo y cabeceó el balón en la portería.
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