chaparro

USAGE NOTE
This word may be used as a feminine or masculine noun without its meaning changing in the sense shown in 2).
chaparro(
chah
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pah
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rroh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (of short stature)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. short
Napoleon Bonaparte era chaparro, pero tenía una arrogancia colosal.Napoleon Bonaparte was short, but had a colossal arrogance.
b. squat
De acuerdo a la descripción, el asaltante era chaparro y de cabellos oscuros.According to the description, the assailant was squat and had dark hair.
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).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (botany)
a. dwarf oak
Las bellotas que da el chaparro son de sabor amargo,The acorns from the dwarf oak have a bitter flavor.
b. kermes oak
En los bosques de esta región se dan árboles como las encinas, los chaparros y alcornoques.The woods of this region have trees such as holm oaks, kermes oaks, and cork oaks.
3. (person of short stature)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. shorty
Vi a Marta con un chaparro que apenas le llegaba al hombro.I saw Marta with a shorty that only came up to her shoulders.
b. short man (masculine)
El chaparro que vive al lado te manda saludos.The short man who lives next door says to say "Hi."
c. short woman (feminine)
Paco es alto y delgado, pero se casó con una chaparra.Paco is tall and thin, but he married a short woman.
4. (young person)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. child
Diles a los chaparros que ya entren.Tell the children to come inside.
b. kid
No seas malito, chaparro. Ayúdame a cambiar el garafón.Come on, kid! Don't be like that! Help me change the water jug.
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chaparro
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (general)
a. short and squat
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
2. (persona)
a. short, squat person
3. (botany)
a. dwarf oak
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chaparroa chaparra
adjective
1 (rechoncho) squat
2 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (bajito) short
dwarf oak; kermes oak
1 (persona) short chubby person
2 (México) child; kid (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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