ideay
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Usage note
This interjection may also be written "idiay," "y diay," or "diay."
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(greeting)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. what's up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Ideay, mae? - Pura vida, amigo.What's up, dude? - Just chilling, dude.
¿Ideay? - Yo tuanis. ¿Y vos?What's up? - I'm cool. And you?
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to initiate or continue a conversation)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. and then what
Y de repente vi un unicornio cruzando la calle. - ¿Qué? ¿Ideay?And then I saw a unicorn crossing the street. - What? And then what?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to express surprise or anger)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Guatemala
(Guatemala)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. seriously
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ideay! Esos maes acaban de meterse a la cabeza de la fila.Seriously! Those dudes just cut to the front of the line.
b. what's up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Ideay? ¡Me dijiste que ibas a pasar por mí! - Se me olvidó.What's up? You said you were going to pick me up! - I forgot.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to express resignation)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. oh well
Esos majes acaban de tirar un montón de basura a la calle. - Ideay, así es el mundo.Those guys just threw a bunch of trash into the street. - Oh well, that's people for you.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to ask about one's share or responsiblity)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. what about me
Le voy a regalar este reloj a Manuel. - ¿Ideay? Digo, ¡soy yo quien cumple años hoy!I'm going to give this watch to Manuel. - What about me? I mean, I'm the one whose birthday it is today!
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(conversational filler)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. um
¿Y esto qué? - Ideay, ni idea.What's this? - Um, I have no idea.
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