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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (farce)
a. joke
¡Solo fue una broma! No te pongas bravo.It was just a joke! Don't get mad.
Hay una enorme araña en tu cabeza. ¡Es una broma! No tienes nada.There's a huge spider on your head. I'm joking! There's nothing there.
b. prank
Es la reina de las bromas; siempre está vacilando a alguien.She's the mistress of pranks; she's always messing with somebody.
c. practical joke
La broma salió mal cuando alguien se lastimó.The practical joke went wrong when someone got hurt.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(costly undertaking)
a. business
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Carlos le vendió un porro a un policía secreto. La broma le costó $600.Carlos sold a joint to an undercover cop. That business cost him $600.
b. affair
Esa broma de rescatar los bancos nos costó 45 millones y solo salvó a los banqueros.That bank rescue affair cost us 45 million and only saved the bankers.
3. (animal)
a. shipworm
La broma casi hundió dos de los barcos de Colón.Shipworms almost sank two of Columbus' ships.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (ocurrencia, chiste)
a. joke
2. (jugarreta)
a. prank, practical joke
gastar una broma a alguiento play a joke/prank on somebody
en o de bromaas a joke
bromas apartejoking apart
entre bromas y verashalf joking
fuera de bromajoking apart
no estar para bromasnot to be in the mood for jokes
tomar algo a bromanot to take something seriously
ni en o de bromano way, not on your life
3. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
me salió la broma por 800 eurosit cost me the tidy sum of 800 euros
broma de mal gustobad joke
broma pesadanasty practical joke
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1 (cachondeo)
ni en broma never; not on any account; lo decía en broma I was only joking; I was only kidding (familiar); estar de broma to be in a joking mood; tomar algo a broma to take sth as a joke
2 (chiste) joke
no es ninguna broma it's no joke; this is serious; la broma me costó caro the affair cost me dear; no hay bromas con la autoridad you can't play games with the authorities; bromas aparte ... joking aside ...; ¡déjate de bromas! quit fooling!; joke over!
gastar bromas to tell jokes
gastar una broma a algn to play a joke on sb
estar para bromas
¡para bromas estoy! a fine time for joking!; no está para bromas he's in no mood for jokes
entre bromas y veras half-joking(ly)
broma pesada practical joke; hoax
3 (Caribe) (S. Cone) (decepción) disappointment; (molestia) vexation; annoyance
4 (Zoología) shipworm
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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