Usage note
This word is often used in the plural in sense 3).
feminine noun
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. (colloquial) (annoying person) 
a. pain (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. (slang) (education) 
a. math (colloquial) (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.
1. (instrumento) 
a. rattle 
2. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
dar la matracato go on, to be a nuisance
3. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
ser una matracato be a pain
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)
; (s)
; (s) (EEUU)
5 (México) (metralleta) machine gun
(persona) nuisance; pain (familiar)
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