fruncir
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fruncir(
froon
-
seer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (sewing)
a. to gather
Si tienes elástico y una máquina de coser, puedes fruncir tú misma la cinturilla de la falda.If you have elastic and a sewing machine, you can gather the waistband of the skirt yourself.
2. (to wrinkle)
a. to furrow (one's brow)
¿No te parece que tiene una forma muy graciosa de fruncir el ceño cuando se enfada?Don't you think she has a very funny way of furrowing her brows when she gets cross?
b. to knit (one's brow)
Al escuchar la noticia preocupante, el hombre frunció el entrecejo.Upon hearing the worrying news, the man knit his brow.
c. to purse (one's lips)
Ana no dijo nada cuando le asignaron el trabajo que tenía que haber hecho Marta. Se limitó a fruncir los labios.Ana didn't say a thing when she was assigned the work Marta should have done. She just pursed her lips.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mi hijo frunció el ceño cuando le pedí que lavara los platos.My son frowned when I asked him to do the dishes.
La niñita frunció los labios cuando su papá le dijo que no podía comerse otra galleta.The little girl pouted when her dad said she couldn't have another cookie.
fruncirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to shake)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. to shudder
Me frunzo solo de pensar en la que nos espera.I shudder at the mere thought of what's awaiting us.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Aunque intentó disimularlo, yo la veía que se fruncía de rabia.I could see she was really angry, even though she was pretending not to be.
Mi hermana se fruncía de miedo viendo la película.My sister was terrified watching the film.
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fruncir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (tela)
a. to gather
2. (labios)
a. to purse
fruncir el ceñoto frown
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fruncir
transitive verb
1 (Cos) to gather; shirr
2 [+labios] to purse
fruncir el ceño o entrecejo to frown; knit one's brow; fruncir las cejas to frown
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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fruncir el ceño
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