chispa

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chispa(
chees
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pah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (flash of fire)
a. spark
Cuando encendí la máquina, empezó a saltar chispas.When I turned on the machine, it started throwing sparks.
2. (small amount)
a. bit
¿Me pondrías una chispa de jerez?Would you pour me a bit of sherry?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(slightly drunk)
a. tipsy
Estoy un poco chispa, pero puedo conducir. — ¡Qué va, tío! Estás ciego.I'm a little tipsy, but I can drive. — No way, man! You're wasted.
b. merry (United Kingdom)
Tomamos vino tinto hasta que nos pusimos chispa, y entonces salimos a pasear.We drank red wine until we were merry, and then we went out for a walk.
chispas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (culinary)
a. sprinkles
¿Quieres chispas con tu copa de helados?Do you want sprinkles on your ice cream sundae?
b. jimmies
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Me pones unas chispas en la gelatina?Could I get some jimmies on my jello?
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chispa
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (de fuego, electricidad)
a. spark
2. (fam fig)
a.
echar chispasto be hopping mad
3. (pizca)
a. bit
4. (agudeza, gracia)
a. sparkle
esa novela tiene chispathat novel has really got something
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chispa
1 [de luz, fuego] spark
echar chispas: está que echa chispas he's hopping mad (familiar)
perder chispa to lose one's/its sparkle
...en el casco de Zulle, que ha complido su ciclo, y lo único que pretende es llegar; en el de Rominger, que [ha perdido "chispa"] en las contrarreloj para ganar en montaña.
2 (gota de lluvia) drop
caen chispas it's just spitting
3 (pizca) bit; tiny amount
una chispa de café a tiny drop of coffee; una chispa de sal a pinch of salt; ni chispa not the least bit
no tiene ni chispa de gracia
eso no tiene ni chispa de gracia that's not in the least bit funny; si tuviera una chispa de inteligencia if he had an ounce of intelligence
4 (ingenio) wit
la historia tiene chispa the story's quite amusing; Juan tiene chispa John's quite witty
es de chispa retardada he's slow on the uptake
5 (borrachera) drunkenness
coger o pillar una chispa to get sloshed (familiar); estar con o tener la chispa to be tight (familiar)
6 (Centroamérica) (México)
dar chispa to work; be successful; yield results
7 (And) (rumor) rumour; rumor; (EEUU)
8 (And) (arma) gun; weapon
adjective
1 (borracho)
estar chispa to be sloshed (familiar)
2 (México) (divertido) funny; amusing
(also chispas) electrician
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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