pato

el pato, la pata(
pah
-
toh
)
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
1. (animal)
a. duck
Este parque se llena de jubilados que dan de comer a los patos.This park is full of retired people that feed the ducks.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (culinary)
a. duck
El chef preparó su famoso pato con salsa de mango.The chef made his famous duck in mango sauce.
3. (receptacle)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. bedpan
Los pacientes del hospital que no pueden pararse tienen que usar un pato.Hospital patients who cannot stand must use a bedpan.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(tedious thing)
a. drag
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
La fiesta se convirtió en un auténtico pato cuando empezó a llover.The party became a real drag once it started raining.
b. bore
Hoy ha sido un pato total en la tienda porque no ha entrado un solo cliente.Today has been a total bore at the shop because we haven't had a single customer.
5. (clumsy oaf)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Soy un pato bailando.I have two left feet when it comes to dancing.
La camarera es un pato; la hemos visto tirar tres platos ya.The waitress is really clumsy; we've already seen her drop three dishes.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(without money) (Southern Cone)
a. broke
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me quedé pato después de mis vacaciones en Nueva York.I was broke after my vacation in New York.
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pato
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. duck
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pato
1 (Ornitología) duck
pagar el pato to carry the can (familiar)
ser el pato de la boda o fiesta (Latinoamérica) to be a laughing stock
salga pato o gallareta (Latinoamérica) whatever the results
pato a la naranja duck à l'orange
pato colorado red-crested pochard
En menor escala lo hacen el [pato colorado] (Netta rufina), el [porrón común] (Aythya ferina) o el [ánade friso] (Anas strepera).
pato de reclamo decoy duck
pato (macho) drake
pato malvasía white-headed duck
La progresiva expansión del [pato malvasía americano,] que amenaza al malvasía común, se ha convertido en un problema internacional.
pato real pato silvestre mallard; wild duck
2 (persona aburrida) bore
estar hecho un pato to be terribly dull
3 (torpe)
ser un pato to be clumsy
4 (aburrimiento) boredom; (período aburrido) boring time; (fiesta) bore; drag
5 (And) (gorrón) sponger (familiar)
viajar de pato to stow away
6 (And) (inocentón) sucker (muy_familiar)
7 (México)
hacer el pato o hacerse pato to act the fool
8 (S. Cone)
ser un pato o estar pato to be broke (familiar)
pasarse de pato a ganso to go too far
9 (Latinoamérica) (bacineta) bedpan
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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