chillar
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chillar(
chee
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yahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to cry out)
a. to scream (in pain or fear)
El niño chillaba de dolor cuando se lastimó la rodilla.The boy was screaming in pain when he hurt his knee.
b. to shriek (in fear)
Perdón por chillar, pero es que me he pegado un susto tremendo.I'm sorry for shrieking. It's just that I had a very big fright.
2. (to emit a sound)
a. to screech (bird)
El pájaro chillaba y chillaba, y yo no podía dormir.The bird was screeching and screeching, and I couldn't sleep.
b. to squeal (pig)
Los cerdos estaban en la pocilga, chillando y apretujándose unos contra otros.The pigs were in the pigsty, squealing, all squashed together.
c. to squeak (mouse)
Supe que había un ratón en la casa porque lo oí chillando.I knew there was a mouse in the house because I heard it squeaking.
3. (to raise one's voice)
a. to shout
No hace falta que chilles. Te oigo perfectamente.There's no need for you to shout. I can hear you perfectly well.
b. to yell
Estaba venga a chillar, muy enojado.He was very angry and wouldn't stop yelling.
4. (to weep)
a. to cry
La mamá le dijo al niño que dejara de chillar o se quedaba sin helado.The mom told the child that if he didn't stop crying there'd be no ice cream for him.
5. (to make a noise)
a. to screech (brakes)
Detuvo el auto bruscamente y los frenos chillaron.He stopped the car abruptly, and the brakes screeched.
b. to creak (wooden object)
Esa puerta de madera chilla cada vez que la abro.That wooden door creaks every time I open it.
6. (to be bright)
a. to be intense (color)
Para mi gusto, ese color amarillo chilla demasiado.That yellow is too intense for my liking.
7. (to not match)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. to clash (color)
El marrón y el rojo de la pared chillan.The brown and the red on the wall clash.
8. (to demonstrate)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to protest
Miles de personas salieron hoy a la calle para chillar en contra de la discriminación.Thousands of people went out today to protest against discrimination.
chillarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (to grumble)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to complain
Se chilla todo el día por tener que trabajar.She complains all day long because she has to work.
10. (to redden)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
a. to blush
Se chilló cuando la llamaron al frente del salón de clases.She blushed when she was called to the front of the classroom.
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chillar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (gritar; persona)
a. to scream, to yell
2. (ave, mono)
a. to screech
3. (cerdo)
a. to squeal
4. (ratón)
a. to squeak
5. (chirriar)
a. to screech
6. (puerta, madera)
a. to creak
7. (bisagra)
a. to squeak
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (colloquial)
a. to yell at
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chillar
intransitive verb
1 (gritar) [+persona] to shriek; scream; [+gato, animal salvaje] to screech; yowl; [+ratón] to squeak; [+cerdo] to squeal; [+ave] to screech; squawk; [+radio] to blare
el cochino chilló (Caribe) (México) he let the cat out of the bag (familiar); he squealed (familiar)
no chillar (Latinoamérica) to keep one's mouth shut; not say a word
2 (Mecánica) [+frenos] to screech; squeal
3 [+colores] to scream; jar; be loud
4 (Latinoamérica) (llorar) to bawl
pronominal verb
chillarse
1 (Latinoamérica) (quejarse) to complain;con to; protest;con to
2 (And) (Caribe) (México) (enojarse) to get cross; (ofenderse) to take offence; get into a huff
3 (Centroamérica) (sofocarse) to get embarrassed
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