minga(
meeng
-
gah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (agriculture)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. free farm labor
Todos los habitantes del pueblo participaron en la minga.All the inhabitants of the town participated in free farm labor.
b. free farm labour (United Kingdom)
La minga fue necesaria para poder recolectar toda la cosecha.Free farm labour was necessary to collect the whole harvest.
2. (communal labor)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Después de la inundación, pude reconstruir mi casa gracias a la minga.After the flood, I was able to rebuild my house thanks to the cooperative work of the community.
La minga fue una manera gratificante para pasar un sábado y ayudar a nuestros amigosPitching in to help our friends was a rewarding way to spend a Saturday.
3.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(male genitalia)
a. dick
La maestra castigó a los niños por decir la palabra "minga".The teacher punished the boys for saying the word "dick."
b. cock
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Di "pene" en lugar de "minga". Suena mejor.Say "penis" instead of "cock." It sounds better.
c. prick
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
No uses palabras como "minga" o "concha".Don't use words like "prick" or "cunt."
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to express rejection or disagreement) (River Plate)
a. no way
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Ese juguete es mío. - ¡Minga! El que lo encuentra, se lo queda.That toy is mine. - No way! Finders keepers.
b. my ass
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
¡Minga que te voy a ayudar! Sos un traidor.Help you, my ass! You're a backstabber.
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minga
prick (vulgar)
minga
(Latinoamérica)
1 (trabajo) voluntary communal labour o labor; (EEUU) cooperative work
2 (equipo) crew o gang of cooperative workers
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