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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (living being)
a. animal
En el zoológico local hay más de 250 animales.The local zoo is home to more than 250 animals.
b. beast
El jinete ensilló el animal y cabalgó hacia el oeste.The rider saddled the beast and rode off into the west.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(uncivilized person)
a. animal
¡Dejen de correr y gritar dentro de la casa, animales!Stop running and screaming inside the house, you animals!
b. brute
Animal, cierra la ventana con cuidado o la vas a romper.Easy on the window or you might break it, you brute.
c. lout
Lucía piensa que todos los jugadores de rugby son unos animales.Lucia thinks all rugby players are louts.
3. (stupid person)
a. fool
Eres un animal. La capital de Uruguay es Montevideo, no Buenos Aires.You are a fool. The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo, not Buenos Aires.
b. moron
Ese animal piensa que el Sol gira alrededor de la Tierra.That moron thinks that the sun spins around the Earth.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. uncouth
¡Cristina es tan animal! No tiene cuidado con los vasos de vidrio.¡Cristina is so uncouth! She doesn't handle glasses with care.
5. (relating to animals)
a. animal
En mi dieta no hay mucha proteína animal.My diet doesn't include much animal protein.
6. (ignorant)
a. stupid
¡No seas animal! Los pingüinos viven en la Antártida, no en el Polo Norte.Don't be stupid! Penguins live in Antarctica, not in the North Pole.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (instintos, funciones)
a. animal
el reino animalthe animal kingdom
2. (persona; basto)
a. rough
3. (ignorante)
a. ignorant
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (general)
a. animal
animal de cargabeast of burden
animal de compañíapet
animal domésticofarm animal
animal protegidoprotected species
5. (persona)
a. animal, brute
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1 (de los animales) animal
instinto animal animal instinct
el reino animal
2 (estúpido) stupid
el muy animal no sabe la capital de España he's so stupid he doesn't know what the capital of Spain is
3 (bruto)
¡deja ya de empujar, no seas tan animal! stop pushing, you great oaf o brute; no seas animal, trátala con cariño don't be such a brute, be kind to her; ¡el muy animal se comió tres platos! he had three helpings, the oaf o pig!
los animales salvajes wild animals; soy un animal político I am a political animal; ser animal de costumbres to be a creature of habit
ser un animal de bellota to be as thick as two short planks (familiar)
comer como un animal to eat like a pig
trabajar como un animal to work like a slave; work all the hours God sends (familiar)
animal de carga (burro, buey) beast of burden
¡me tratas como a un animal de carga! what did your last servant die of? (familiar)
animal de compañía pet
animal de laboratorio laboratory animal
animal de tiro draught animal; draft animal; (EEUU)
animal doméstico [de compañía] pet; [de granja] domestic animal
1 (estúpido) fool; moron (familiar)
¡animal!, tres y dos son cinco you fool o moron (familiar), three plus two makes five
2 (bruto) brute
el animal de Juan seguía pegándole that brute Juan kept on hitting him; el animal de Antonio se comió su plato y el mío that pig Antonio ate all his own dinner and mine too; eres un animal, lo has roto you're so rough you've gone and broken it
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