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"Zumba" is a noun which is often translated as "Zumba", and "cuco" is a noun which is often translated as "cuckoo". Learn more about the difference between "zumba" and "cuco" below.
zumba(
soom
-
bah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (activity)
a. Zumba
A word or phrase that is a proprietary term owned by a brand (e.g. iPod).
(registered trademark)
En el gimnasio también enseñan a bailar salsa y zumba.At the gym, they have classes for salsa and Zumba.
2. (taunt)
a. teasing
Dejen ya toda esa zumba. ¿No ven que están hiriendo sus sentimientos?Please stop with all the teasing. Can't you see you're hurting his feelings?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(thrashing)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. beating
Cállate o te daré una zumba de la que nunca te olvidarás.Shut up or I'll give you a beating you'll never forget.
b. hiding
La zumba que recibió fue tan severa que apenas pudo sentarse por unos días.The hiding he got was so bad that he could barely sit for days.
4. (intoxication)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. drunkenness
Cuando se te vaya la zumba, vas a tener una resaca terrible.When your drunkenness fades, you'll have a terrible hangover.
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cuco(
koo
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koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. cuckoo
El cuco abre la boca para que le den de comer insectos.The cuckoo opens his mouth to be fed with insects.
2. (Moses basket)
a. cradle
Los padres colocaron el cuco cerca de su cama para vigilar al bebé por la noche.The parents placed the cradle near their bed to watch over the baby at night.
3. (ghost) (Andes)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
(Southern Cone)
a. bogeyman
Mi hijo sigue temiéndole al cuco aunque le digo que no existe.My son is still afraid of the bogeyman and I keep telling him that it does not exist.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sneaky)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. crafty
Los ladrones cucos se escaparon del banco sin ser captados por las cámaras.The crafty thieves escaped from the bank without being caught on camera.
b. sly
¡Qué cuca es María! Ha engañado a todo el mundo con ese truco.Maria is so sly! She fooled everyone with that trick.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sweet)
a. cute
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Este regalo es muy cuco y seguro que a tu madre le gusta.This gift is very cute and I am sure your mother will like it.
b. pretty
Mira qué falda más cuca me compré el otro día.Look what a pretty skirt I bought the other day.
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