las puntadas
-the stitches
See the entry for puntada.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (sewing)
a. stitch
Se había descosido el dobladillo de la falda así que le di una puntada.The hem of the skirt had come undone so I put it a stitch in it.
2. (stab of pain) (Southern Cone)
a. stabbing pain
Cuando sentí una fuerte puntada en el pecho acudí a urgencias inmediatamente.When I felt a strong stabbing pain in my chest I went straight to the emergency room.
b. sharp pain
A mi madre le dio una puntada en las lumbares y no puede ponerse derecha.My mother felt a sharp pain in her lower back and she can't stand up.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(humorous remark)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. witty remark
En la cena, María hizo una puntada que hizo reír a todo el mundo.At dinner, Maria made a witty remark which made everyone laugh.
b. witticism
Hubiera querido que se me ocurriera alguna puntada para responder al desaire.I wished I could have thought of some witticism in reply to his put-down.
c. quip
Tu hermana hizo una desafortunada puntada mientras hablábamos de un tema delicado.Your sister made a rather unfortunate quip while we were talking about a sensitive issue.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Spain
a. hint
Es fácil ver que a Juan le gustas por las puntadas que te suelta.It's easy to see that Juan likes you because of the hints he drops.
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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. (en costura)
a. stitch
2. (dolor) (River Plate)
a. stabbing pain
3. (broma)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. witticism
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1 (Cos) stitch
se ven las puntadas you can see the stitching; dale unas puntaditas más a la manga put a few more stitches in the sleeves
no dar puntada
hoy no ha dado puntada he hasn't done a stroke all day; no ha dado puntada en el asunto he's done nothing at all about it
puntada cruzada cross-stitch
puntada invisible invisible mending
2 (insinuación) hint
pegar o soltar una puntada to drop a hint
3 (dolor) stitch; sharp pain
4 (México) witty remark; witticism
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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