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chinche

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el chinche, la chinche(
cheen
-
cheh
)
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).
1. (animal)
a. bedbug
Nos atacaron las chinches en un hotel de mala muerte.We were attacked by bedbugs in a seedy hotel.
2. (pushpin)
a. thumbtack
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pásame una chinche para pegar este póster.Hand me a thumbtack to stick up this poster.
b. drawing pin (United Kingdom)
Dame unas chinches para pegar el mapa al tablero.Give me some drawing pins to stick the map on the board.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(pest)
a. nuisance
Mi hermano puede ser un chinche cuando no desayuna.My brother can be a nuisance when he doesn't have breakfast.
b. pest
Ya estoy harta de las bromas del jefe; se está haciendo una verdadera chinche.I've had enough of my boss's joking; she's becoming a real pest.
c. pain (colloquial)
¡No seas chinche! Si no te portas bien, vamos a regresar a la casa.Don't be a pain! If you don't behave yourself, we're going home.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(disgruntled mood) (Southern Cone)
a. bad mood
Che, ¿qué te pasa? - ¡Estoy con una chinche! Perdí el celu.Hey, what's wrong with you? - I'm in a bad mood today. I lost my cellphone.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (annoying)
a. irritating
¿Qué es ese chinche ruido?What is that irritating noise?
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chinche
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (colloquial)
a. annoying
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (insecto)
a. bedbug
3. (clavo)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. drawing pin (United Kingdom)
b. thumbtack
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
4. (colloquial)
a. pest, pain
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chinche
1 bedbug
caer o morir como chinches to die like flies
2 (chincheta) drawing pin; thumbtack; (EEUU)
3 (molestia) nuisance
4 (S. Cone) (rabieta) pique; irritation
(persona molesta) nuisance; (And) (Centroamérica) naughty child;
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