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"Zamba" is a noun which is often translated as "zamba", and "gato" is a noun which is often translated as "cat". Learn more about the difference between "zamba" and "gato" below.
zamba
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (dance) (River Plate)
a. zamba
La pareja de bailarines agitaba sus pañuelos mientras bailaba la zamba.The couple of dancers waved their handkerchiefs while dancing the zamba.
2. (fabrication)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
a. lie
Ya conocí a varias personas que creyeron esa zamba de los vuelos baratos y perdieron su dinero.I've met a few people who believed that lie about the cheap plane tickets and lost their money.
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el gato, la gata(
gah
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toh
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (animal)
a. cat
Mi gato maúlla cuando tiene hambre.My cat meows when he is hungry.
2.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(personal attendant)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. servant
¡No soy tu gato, hazlo tú!I'm not your servant; do it yourself!
b. maid (feminine)
Si quieres café, sírvetelo. No soy tu gata.If you want coffee, get it yourself. I'm not your maid.
3. (nationality)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. person from Madrid
¿Qué sabrá ese de flamenco? Es un gato.What does he know about flamenco? He's from Madrid.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (tool)
a. jack
No sé dónde está el gato en este coche.I don't know where the jack is in this car.
5. (game)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. tic-tac-toe
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Para jugar gato, solo necesitas un lápiz y un papel.To play tic-tac-toe, you just need a pencil and a piece of paper.
b. noughts and crosses (United Kingdom)
Necesitas una estrategia para ganar al gato.You need a strategy to win noughts and crosses.
6. (folk dance)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
(River Plate)
a. gato
Mi abuelo me enseñó a bailar gato.My grandfather taught me how to dance gato.
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