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matraca
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Usage note
This word is often used in the plural in sense 3).
matraca(
mah
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trah
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (toy)
a. rattle
El sonido de la matraca me resulta desagradable, ¿Juanito, puedes dejar de tocarla?The sound of the rattle is really unpleasant to me, can you stop playing with it Juanito?
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(annoying person)
a. pain
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Tu padre es una matraca. No lo soporto.Your father is such a pain. I can't stand him!
b. nuisance
Tus amigos son todos unas matracas. Prefiero quedarme solo en casa.All of your friends are such nuisances. I'd rather stay at home alone.
3.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(education)
a. math
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No soy capaz de aprobar las matracas. ¡Odio los números!I just can't seem to pass math. I hate numbers!
b. maths (United Kingdom)
Mae, estoy harto de las matracas, sobre todo de las ecuaciones.Mate, I'm sick and tired of maths, especially the equations.
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matraca
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (instrumento)
a. rattle
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
dar la matracato go on, to be a nuisance
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ser una matracato be a pain
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matraca
1 (carraca) rattle
2 (lata) nuisance; pain (familiar); (burla) teasing; banter
dar la matraca a algn (molestar) to pester sb; (burlarse de) to tease sb
3 (And) (marihuana) hash (familiar); pot (familiar)
4 matracas (Escol) maths (familiar)
singular
; (s)
math
singular
; (s) (EEUU)
5 (México) (metralleta) machine gun
(persona) nuisance; pain (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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