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pelota

USAGE NOTE
This word is often used in the plural in the sense shown in 4).
pelota(
peh
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loh
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tah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (round object)
a. ball
La niña pateó la pelota contra la pared.The girl kicked the ball against the wall.
b. football (soccer) (United Kingdom)
Le regalaron la pelota del Mundial 2014 para el cumpleaños.He was given the 2014 World Cup football for his birthday.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sports)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. baseball
Nos vemos el sábado para jugar pelota.See you on Saturday to play baseball.
3.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(male genitalia)
a. ball
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Al pobre Daniel le dieron una patada en las pelotas mientras jugaba al fútbol.Poor Daniel was kicked in the balls while he was playing football.
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
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(flatterer)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. brownnoser
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Esa pelota otra vez anda haciéndole la rosca al jefe.That brownnoser is sucking up to the boss again.
pelotas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(courage)
a. balls
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Suárez es un goleador que tiene pelotas y lo muestra en la cancha.Suarez is a striker who has balls and shows it on the field.
b. guts
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hace falta tener muchas pelotas para decir lo que piensas cuando nadie te apoya.It takes a lot of guts to speak your mind when nobody backs you.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiot) (Southern Cone)
a. jerk
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Ese pelotas no hizo nada para ayudarme.That jerk did nothing to help me.
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pelota
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (adulador)
a.
ser pelotato be a creep
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
2. (persona)
a. creep, crawler
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pelota
1 (Dep) ball
jugar a la pelota to play ball
devolver la pelota a algn to turn the tables on sb
hacer la pelota a algn to suck up to sb
lanzar pelotas fuera to dodge the issue
pasarse la pelota to pass the buck (familiar)
la pelota sigue en el tejado it's all still up in the air
pelota base baseball
pelota de goma (Mil) rubber bullet
pelota vasca pelota
2 pelotas (testículos) balls (vulgar)
¿que te deje el coche? ¡las pelotas! you expect me to lend you the car? what a bloody cheek! (muy_familiar); en pelotas (desnudo) stark naked; starkers (muy_familiar); (sin dinero) broke (familiar); coger o pillar a algn en pelotas to catch sb with their trousers down (familiar); dejar a algn en pelotas to strip sb clean o naked; (en un juego) to clean sb out (familiar)
hinchar las pelotas a algn to get on sb's tits (muy_familiar); bug sb (familiar)
tener pelotas to have balls
tocar las pelotas a algn to get on sb's tits (muy_familiar); bug sb (familiar)
3 (cabeza) nut (familiar); noggin (familiar); (EEUU) head
4 (Latinoamérica) [de amigos] bunch; gang
5 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (México) (pasión) passion
tener pelota por to have a passion for
6 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (México) (amante) girlfriend
7 (en cárcel)
estar en la pelota to be in solitary (familiar)
creep (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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