slave
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Usage note
While the translation in sense 2) may sound a bit offensive to English-speaking ears, it is used in the Spanish-speaking world without the intent to offend.
slave(
sleyv
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (servant)
a. el esclavo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la esclava
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Moses went to Pharaoh to ask him to set the Hebrew slaves free.Moisés fue a pedirle al faraón que liberara a los esclavos hebreos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to work hard)
a. trabajar como un negro
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I've been slaving all year to buy a new house.Trabajé como un negro todo el año para comprarme una casa nueva.
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slave
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el esclavo(a)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
la esclavo(a)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (fam fig)
a.
slave drivernegrero(a) m,f, tirano(a) m,f
slave labortrabajo de esclavos
slave tradecomercio or trata de esclavos
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. trabajar como un negro
I've been slaving over a hot stove all day!¡me he pasado el día bregando en la cocina!
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slave [sleɪv]
noun
esclavoaesclava (m) (f);a esclava
to be a slave to sth ser esclavo de algo; to be a slave to tobacco ser esclavo del tabaco; to be a slave to duty ser esclavo del deber
intransitive verb
to slave (away) at sth/at doing sth trabajar como un negro en algo/haciendo algo
modifier
slave driver (n) negreroanegrera (m) (f);a negrera tiranoatirana (m) (f);a tirana
slave labour (n) (work) trabajo (m) de esclavos; (persons) esclavos (m)
slave trade (n) trata (f) de esclavos; comercio (m) de esclavos; tráfico (m) de esclavos
slave trader (n) traficante (m) en esclavos
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "slave"
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slave trade
la trata de esclavos
foot slave
el esclavo de pies
slave owner
el dueño de esclavos
runaway slave
el cimarrón
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