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che(
cheh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (letter in the alphabet)
a. letter ch
La "ch" y la "ll" fueron excluidas del alfabeto español.The letter "ch" and the letter "ll" were excluded from the Spanish alphabet.
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).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(nationality)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. Argentinian
Hay un par de ches y boricuas hospedándose en el hotel.There are a couple of Argentinians and Puerto Ricans staying at the hotel.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
3. (used to get somebody's attention) (Southern Cone)
a. hey
Che, Ana, ¿a qué hora llegan tus amigos?Hey, Ana, what time are your friends coming?
b. yo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Che, David, ¿dónde pusiste mis llaves?Yo, David, where did you put my keys?
c. oi
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(Australia) (United Kingdom)
Che, Hugo, ¿a qué hora tenemos que ir a la fiesta?Oi, Hugo, when do we have to leave for the party?
4. (used for emphasis) (Southern Cone)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Que frío que hace acá, che. ¿Se puede prender la calefacción?Phew, it's so cold in here. Can you turn on the heating?
¡Las entradas al cine son un robo, che!Wow, these movie tickets are a total rip-off!
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address) (Southern Cone)
a. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡No te enojés, che! Era una broma.Relax, dude! It was only a joke.
b. man
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Quedate quieto, che!Stand still, man!
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che
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡che!hey!
2. (colloquial) (River Plate)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡pero qué hacés, che!what do you think you're doing?
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che
Ch name of the letter ch; (name of the letter ch)
che
interjection
(S. Cone) hey!; (en conversación) man; boy; friend;
che
(Chile) Argentinian
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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