An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slim)
a. thin
Algunas modelos están demasiado flacas.Some models are too thin.
b. skinny
Está muy flaco después de un mes fuera de casa.He is very skinny after a month away from home.
2. (poor)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hizo un flaco servicio a su familia comprando esas tierras.He did a disservice to his family by buying that land.
Esta mala noticia hace un flaco favor a la Bolsa.This bad news does the Stock Market no favors.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. feeble
Tenía la flaca memoria de una anciana.She had the feeble memory of an elderly lady.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (defect)
a. weakness
La escritora dice que la pereza es su flaco.The write says that laziness is her weakness.
b. weak point
El jefe cree que él es perfecto y no tiene ningún flaco.The boss thinks he's perfect and doesn't have any weak points.
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).
masculine or feminine noun
5. (young person)
Regionalism used in Paraguay
(Southern Cone)
a. guy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¿Tu hija sale con un flaco? - Sí, bueno, es que tiene ya 18 años.Is your daughter dating a guy? - Yes, well, she's 18 now.
b. boy (masculine)
Me gusta mucho ese flaco. ¿Lo conoces?I really like that boy. Do you know him?
c. girl (feminine)
¿Quién es la flaca que está con Juan? Nunca la había visto.Who's the girl with Juan? I've never seen her before.
d. kid
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¡Qué flacos tan simpáticos! ¿Están en tu clase?What nice kids! Are they in your class?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (persona)
a. thin, skinny
2. (punto)
a. weak
hacer un flaco servicio o favor a alguiento do somebody no favors, to be unhelpful to somebody
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
¿cómo estás, flaca?hey, how are you doing?
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1 (delgado) thin; skinny (familiar)
Oye, flaco, por donde ...
años flacos (Latinoamérica) lean years; ponerse flaco (Latinoamérica) to get thin
2 (débil) weak; feeble; [+memoria] bad; short; (Latinoamérica) [+tierra] barren
su punto flaco his weak point; his weakness
(defecto) failing; (punto débil) weakness; weak point;
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