la pinta
-the spot
See the entry for pinta.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (mark)
a. spot
El guepardo tiene pintas negras.The cheetah has black spots.
b. dot
Mis tenis nuevos tienen pintas azules; son muy retro.My new tennis shoes have blue dots; they're very retro.
2. (outward aspect)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Puede ser que sea médico, pero tiene pinta de delincuente.He might be a doctor, but he looks like a crook.
La comida tiene buena pinta.The food looks good.
3. (unit of measurement)
a. pint
Agrega una pinta de crema al caldo para darle sabor y textura.Add a pint of cream to the soup for flavor and texture.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. hooky
Se fueron de pinta al centro comercial en lugar de presentar el examen.They played hooky at the mall instead of taking their test.
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
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(shady character)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. rogue
No le hagas caso a ese pinta.Don't pay any attention to that rogue.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (lunar)
a. spot
2. (aspecto)
a. appearance
tener pinta de algoto look o seem something
tiene buena pintait looks good
3. (unidad de medida)
a. pint
4. (pintada)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. graffiti
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1 (lunar) (gen) spot; dot; (Zoología) spot; mark
una tela a pintas azules a cloth with blue spots
2 [de líquidos] drop; spot; [de lluvia] drop; (bebida) drop to drink
una pinta de grasa a grease spot
3 (aspecto) appearance
por la pinta by the look of it; tener buena pinta [+persona] to look good; look well; [+comida] to look good; tener pinta de listo to look clever; tiene pinta de criminal he looks like a criminal; tiene pinta de español he looks Spanish; he looks like a Spaniard; ¿qué pinta tiene? what does he look like?; con esa(s) pinta(s) no puedes ir you can't go looking like that
¡a la pinta! (S. Cone) perfect!; that's fine!
estar a la pinta (S. Cone)
tener pinta (S. Cone)
(atractivo) to be attractive; (elegante) to be smart; be well-dressed
no se le vio ni pinta (Latinoamérica) there wasn't a sign o trace of him
tirar pinta to impress
4 (Latinoamérica) (Zoología) (colorido) colouring; coloring; (EEUU) coloration; (característica) family characteristic; distinguishing mark
5 (Centroamérica) (México) (pintada) piece of graffiti
6 (Naipes) spot indicating suit; (indicating suit)
¿a qué pinta? what's trumps?; what suit are we in?
7 (And) (S. Cone) (juego) draughts
; (p)
(dados) dice
8 (S. Cone) (Minería) high-grade ore
hacer pinta (México)
irse de pinta (Centroamérica)
to play truant
ser de la pinta (Caribe) to be coloured
(medida inglesa) pint
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