vaina

vaina(
bay
-
nah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(thing whose name you don't remember) (Andes)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. thing
¿Me pasas esa vaina que está sobre la mesa roja?Could you pass me that thing on the red table?
Mi tío siempre se trae un montón de vainas cuando se va de vacaciones.My uncle always brings a ton of things with him when he goes on vacation.
b. thingamabob
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Tienes una de esas vainas para cerrar herméticamente una bolsa?Do you have one of those thingamabobs to hermetically seal a bag?
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(matter)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. thing
La vaina es que no tenemos suficiente dinero para ir al cine y salir después.The thing is that we don't have enough money to go to the movies and go out after.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(annoyance)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. nuisance
Estoy llegando tarde al trabajo y el autobús no llega. ¡Qué vaina!I'm late for work and the bus isn't coming. What a nuisance!
b. pain
Hacer ñoquis desde cero es una vaina.Making gnocchi from scratch is a pain.
4. (weaponry)
a. sheath
Sacó la espada de su vaina y cortó la soga.He took his sword out of its sheath and cut the rope.
b. case
El diseño de esta vaina es hermoso pero es demasiado pequeña para mi espada.The design of this case is beautiful but it's too small for my sword.
c. scabbard
El sheriff metió su rifle en la vaina y entró a la taberna.The sheriff put his rifle in the scabbard and went into the bar.
5. (botany)
a. pod
Cada vaina contiene dos o tres lentejas.Each pod contains two or three lentils.
b. husk
Quítale la vaina al choclo y hiérvelo por 30 minutos.Remove the husk from the corn and boil it for 30 minutes.
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
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dummy)
a. dork
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Qué vaina eres!You're such a dork!
b. nitwit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mario es un vaina que ni puede caminar y mascar chicle al mismo tiempo.Mario is a nitwit who can't even walk and chew gum at the same time.
c. twit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Eres un vaina! Te dije que no usaras blanqueador.You're such a twit! I told you not to use bleach.
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vaina
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (en planta)
a. pod
2. (de espada)
a. scabbard
3. (muy fam)
a. pain
¡déjate de vainas!stop pissing around!
cualquier vainaanything
vaina
1 [de espada] sheath; scabbard; [de útil] sheath; case; [de cartucho] case
2 (Botánica) [de garbanzo, guisante] pod; [de nuez] husk; shell
3 vainas (judías) green beans
4 (pega) problem; snag; (Latinoamérica) (molestia) nuisance; bore; (cosa) thing
¡qué vaina! what a nuisance!
5 (And) (chiripa) fluke; piece of luck
6 (S. Cone) (estafa) swindle
7
echar vaina (Caribe) to screw (vulgar); fuck (vulgar)
(persona inútil) twit (familiar); nitwit (familiar); dork (muy_familiar); especialmente (EEUU)
adjective
(Latinoamérica) (enojoso) annoying
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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