ostra
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Usage note
This word is used in the plural in sense 4).
ostra(
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trah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (animal)
a. oyster
La contaminación de la bahía está afectando la población de ostras y cangrejos.The pollution in the bay is affecting the oyster and crab population.
2. (culinary)
a. oyster
En la cena nos dieron un entremés de ostras crudas con limón.As an appetizer, we had raw oysters with lemon.
3. (introvert)
a. shrinking violet
Nuestro nuevo compañero de clase es una ostra que no quiere hacer nuevos amigos.Our new classmate is a shrinking violet who doesn't want to be friends with us.
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 surprise or irritation)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. jeez
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Ostras! ¿Qué tengo que hacer para que alguien me sirva aquí?Jeez! What do I need to do to get served around here?
b. geez
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Ostras! No te vas a comer todo eso, ¿verdad?Geez! You're not going to eat all that, are you?
c. good grief
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ostras! ¡Qué mala suerte tengo!Good grief! I have such bad luck!
d. blimey
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Ostras! ¡Se me olvidó que la tarea era para hoy!Blimey! I forgot the homework was due today!
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ostra
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. oyster
2. (colloquial)
a.
aburrirse como una ostrato be bored stiff
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a.
¡ostras!good grief! blimey!
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ostra
1 (Zoología) oyster
ostra perlera pearl oyster
2 (persona) (pesado) bore; (huraño) shrinking violet; (cliente fijo) regular
es una ostra he's a fixture here
las ostras del café
ostras (e) (denota sorpresa) crikey! (familiar)
Debió mirarlo porque dio un salto # Ostras, las nueve y media ostras, el enrique, quien lo hubiera dicho!
(denota enfado o desagrado) sugar! (familiar); shoot! (familiar); (EEUU)
Ostras, Pedrín gritó Pérez Llorca agarrándose el pie que le había destrozado la Thatcher en su entusiasmo flamenquil.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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