heel
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heel(
hil
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (anatomy)
a. el talón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have a piece of glass in my heel from walking barefoot.Tengo un pedazo de vidrio en el talón por caminar descalzo.
2. (part of a shoe)
a. el taco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
My heel broke off my shoe while walking on a cobblestone street.Se me rompió el taco cuando caminaba por una calle empedrada.
b. el tacón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her shoes have three inch heels.Sus zapatos tienen tacones de tres pulgadas.
3. (part of a sock)
a. el talón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have a hole in the heel of your sock.Tienes un agujero en el talón de tu calcetín.
4. (footware)
a. el tacón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I love that drag queen's heels.Me fascinan los tacones de esa drag queen.
b. el zapato de tacón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Marta always wears heels when she goes dancing.Marta siempre lleva zapatos de tacón cuando sale a bailar.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(contemptible person)
a. el canalla
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la canalla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm glad you're not dating him anymore. He was a real heel.Me alegro de que ya no salgas con él. Era un verdadero canalla.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to put on a heel)
a. poner tapas
The uppers are still in good condition. I just need to heel them.Los empeines están en buen estado. Solo tengo que ponerles tapas.
b. poner tacos
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I want to heel these shoes with rubber.Quiero poner tacos de goma en estos zapatos.
c. poner tacones
The cobbler will finish heeling my shoes by this afternoon.El zapatero terminará de ponerle los tacones a mis zapatos para hoy en la tarde.
7. (sports)
a. talonar
The player heeled the ball into the goal.El jugador talonó la pelota a la meta.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (nautical)
a. escorar
The boat began to heel back and forth as it left the harbor.El barco empezó a escorar de un lado al otro mientras salía del puerto.
9. (to follow closely)
a. caminar junto a
Laura is training her dog to heel.Laura está entrenando a su perra para que camine junto a ella.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
10. (dog command)
a. ven aquí
Spot, heel.Spot, ven aquí.
b. junto
Heel, Fido! Good boy.¡Junto, Fido! Buen perro.
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heel
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of foot, sock)
a. el talón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of shoe)
a. el tacón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
b. el taco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
high heelszapatos mpl de tacón or
he had the police at his heelsla policía le venía pisando los talones
to take to one's heelsponer pies en polvorosa
to turn on one's heeldar media vuelta
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to cool or kick one's heelsquedarse esperando un largo rato
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to bring somebody to heelmeter a alguien en cintura
heel bartienda de reparaciones de calzado en el acto
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (shoe)
a. poner un tacón or
b. taco nuevo a
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
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heel [hiːl]
noun
1 (Anat) talón (m)
to turn on one's heel dar media vuelta; to keep to heel [+dog] seguir de cerca al dueño
to be at or on sb's heels pisar los talones a algn
to bring sb to heel sobreponerse a algn; meter a algn en cintura
to cool one's heels estar plantado or de plantón
If I was going to spend ninety minutes cooling my heels, I had to be darned confident that I was going to come away with a substantial order UN weapons inspectors have been cooling their heels in Bahrain for almost a week
I decided to leave him to cool his heels decidí hacerle esperar un rato; decidí dejarlo plantado or de plantón un rato (informal)
I thought I'd let the Dolans cool their heels for a while
to dig in one's heels empecinarse
to drag one's heels arrastrar los pies
to follow hard on sb's heels seguir a algn muy de cerca
to follow hard on the heels of sth venir a renglón seguido de algo
This meetinmg follows hard on the heels of last month's talks
to be hot on sb's heels pisar los talones a algn
to kick one's heels estar plantado or de plantón
to show sb a clean pair of heels hacer tragar polvo a algn
to take to one's heels echar a correr; poner pies en polvorosa (informal)
to be under the heel of estar bajo los talones de
2 [of sock] talón (m); [of shoe] tacón (m)
to be down at heel ir desharrapado
3 (person) sinvergüenza (m); canalla (m)
I felt a real heel for not seeing her home
transitive verb
1 [+shoe] poner tapas a
to be well-heeled a well-heeled businessman
2 [+ball] taconear; dar de tacón a
intransitive verb
heel! ¡ven aquí!
modifier
heel bar (n) rápido (m); tienda (f) de reparación de calzado en el acto
heel [hiːl]
intransitive verb
(also heel over) (Náut) zozobrar; escorar
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "heel"
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heel spur
el espolón calcáneo
heel of the foot
talón del pie
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