la canija
See the entry for canijo.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (small)
a. tiny
Mi hijo todavía es muy canijo para poder subirse a la montaña rusa.My son is still too tiny to ride the roller coaster.
2. (not strong)
a. puny
¡No soy canijo! Puedo empujar el coche yo solo.I'm not puny! I can push the car by myself.
b. weak
Dame la maleta. No soy tan canijo como crees.Give me the suitcase. I'm not as weak as you think.
3. (feeble)
a. sickly
La anciana canija no podía levantarse de la cama sin ayuda.The sickly old lady couldn't leave her bed on her own.
4. (intense)
a. incredible
Después de beber tanto la noche anterior, amanecí con una sed canija.After drinking so much the night before, I woke up with an incredible thirst.
5. (hard)
a. difficult
El examen de fonología fue el más canijo de todos.The phonology exam was the most difficult of all.
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
6. (small person)
a. shrimp
Diego es un canijo. - Sí, pero puede clavar el balón.Diego is a shrimp. - Yeah, but he can dunk the ball.
7. (feeble person)
a. sickly person
Mi abuelo es viejo pero no es ningún canijo. Tiene mucha energía.My grandfather is old but he's not a sickly person. He's very energetic.
8. (evil person)
a. bad person
¿Luis le robó dinero a la viejita? Es un canijo y un aprovechado.Did Luis steal money from the old lady? He's a bad person and an opportunist.
9. (guy)
a. dude
Carlos me encanta. Qué guapo está el canijo.I really like Carlos. The dude is so handsome.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
10. (used to express surprise)
a. jeez
¡Canijo! ¿Cuatrocientos pesos por una hamburguesa con papas?Jeez! Four hundred pesos for a burger with fries?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pequeño)
a. tiny
2. (enfermizo)
a. sickly
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (general)
a. small, sickly person
1 (pequeño) puny; (endeble) weak; sickly
2 (México) (astuto) sly
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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