bromeaban
-they were joking
The word bromeaban is the imperfect form of bromear in the third person plural.
See the full bromear conjugation

bromear

Y no me di cuenta de si bromeaban o no.
And I couldn't tell if they were joking or not.
Y los jueces bromeaban al respecto, también.
And all the judges were joking about it, too.
Ayer, había dos amigos que bromeaban entre sí.
Yesterday, two friends were joking with each other.
A menudo escuchaban educadamente a Jub antes de responder y bromeaban sobre su tendencia a hablar demasiado.
Often they listened politely to Jub before answering and made jokes about his tendency to talk too much.
Y entonces llega un momento que es solo tuyo, y tú haces eso con lo que bromeaban.
Then you have this moment which belongs to you, and you go for what they used to joke about.
Aquellos grupos, oída la misa, también reían y bromeaban, pero de otra manera, más reposada y menos parrandera que los primeros.
Those groups, once the service ended, also laughed and made merry, but with a different sort of merriment, calmer and more pleasant than the hunters'.
Y un poco más tarde, bromeaban en la cocina en español, sobre algo que no tenía nada que ver conmigo, y "eso" es la dualidad.
And a little bit later, they were joking around in the kitchen in Spanish, that had nothing to do with me, and that is duality.
De hecho, muchas personas bromeaban de que el ajo solo lo hacia oler tan mal que las personas no se acercaban a usted y de esta manera no se contagiaban con su resfriado.
In fact, many people joked that garlic merely makes you smell so bad people stay away from you, and so you do not catch their cold. However, there is now some evidence that garlic may really work.
No pensé que bromeaban.
I didn't think you were joking.
Muchos bromeaban invitándonos a ir atrás y cargar pesados televisores para los clientes.
A lot of them made jokes about trying to get us to go to the back to get heavy television sets for customers.
Como dicen allá: Cambié de carrera tantas veces, que mis asesores bromeaban diciendo que debería graduarme en "estudios aleatorios".
As they say over there, I switched majors so many times that my advisors joked that I should get a degree in "random studies."
Ahora incitan a la gente a pensar que están actuando con palabras dulces, pero me acuerdo que antes bromeaban y ya no es una broma.
I remember way back we used to have this joke, but it's not a joke anymore.
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