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chivato
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el chivato, la chivata(
chee
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bah
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toh
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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.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(squealer)
a. informer
La policía tiene un chivato en la mafia italiana que les pasa información.The police have an informer in the Italian Mafia who passes them information.
b. snitch
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Los gángsters no muestran compasión por los chivatos ni los traidores.The mobsters show no mercy to snitches or traitors.
c. stool pigeon
El chivato les reveló la identidad del asesino a sueldo a los detectives.The stool pigeon revealed the name of the hitman to the detectives.
d. rat
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
"Si me entero de que alguno de ustedes es un chivato, terminará en el fondo del río", dijo el capo."If I find out one of you is a rat, you'll end up at the bottom of the river," said the capo.
e. grass
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
El chivato nos contó que el próximo robo será en el banco que queda junto al museo.The grass told us the next robbery will be committed at the bank next to the museum.
f. tattletale
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Señorita López, Eugenio está copiando mi examen! - ¡Cállate, chivato!Miss Lopez, Eugenio is copying my answers! - Shut up, tattletale!
g. telltale (United Kingdom)
Francisco es un chivato y va a decir la verdad: que nosotros dos rompimos el televisor.Francisco is a telltale and will tell the truth: that it was us who broke the television.
2. (education) (Andes)
a. apprentice
El maestro le enseñó al chivato a meditar.The master taught the apprentice how to meditate.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(naughty child)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. rascal
¡Tu hijo es un chivato! Me rompió la ventana con su pelota a propósito.Your son is a rascal! He broke my window with his ball on purpose.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(prominent person)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. big shot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Emanuel pretende que es un chivato en la empresa, pero no es más que un empleado administrativo.Emanuel pretends to be a big shot in the company, but he's just a mere clerk.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (indicating signal)
a. indicator
El chivato está titilando. Nos estamos quedando sin combustible.The indicator is flickering. We are running low on fuel.
6. (pilot burner)
a. pilot light
Sabíamos que nos cortaron el gas porque el chivato ya no estaba encendido.We knew our gas was cut off because the pilot light was no longer on.
7. (electronics)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. beeper
Por favor, durante la reunión mantengan sus celulares y chivatos apagados.Please turn your cellphones and beepers off during the meeting.
b. pager
El cirujano leyó el mensaje que recibió en su chivato y se fue rápido al hospital.The surgeon looked at the message on his pager and rushed to the hospital.
8. (animal)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. billy goat
El chivato que estaba pastando comenzó a balar.The billy goat that was grazing started to bleat.
9. (beverage)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. cheap liquor
Víctor gastó las monedas que tenía en chivato y vino.Victor spent his coins on cheap liquor and wine.
b. firewater
La última vez que me emborraché con chivato vomité.The last time I got drunk with firewater I puked.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(homosexual man)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. fag
A word or phrase that is gravely offensive and taboo in all contexts (e.g. nigger, cunt).
(extremely offensive)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No me importa quién sea, no tolero llamarle chivato a cualquiera.I don't care who he is, I don't tolerate him calling anyone a fag.
b. poof
A word or phrase that is gravely offensive and taboo in all contexts (e.g. nigger, cunt).
(extremely offensive)
(United Kingdom)
Yo defendí mi amigo cuando el matón le llamó chivato.I defended my friend when the bully called him a poof.
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chivato
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. grass (United Kingdom)
b. rat
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
2. (acusica)
a. telltale
3. (luz)
a. warning light
4. (alarma)
a. alarm bell
5. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. big cheese
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chivato
1 (soplón) informer
2 (Zoología) kid
3 (Ven) prominent person
4 (Latinoamérica) (niño) child; kid (familiar)
5 (And) (pillo) rascal; villain
6 (And) (aprendiz) apprentice; mate
7 (S. Cone) (aguardiente) cheap liquor; firewater
8 (Automóviles) indicator; indicator light
9 (busca) pager; beeper
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