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Pronunciation: /ɪˈregjələr; ɪˈregjʊlə(r)/

Translation of irregular in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (in shape, positioning) [outline/surface/pattern] irregular
    Example sentences
    • This irregular arrangement of atoms not only defines a substance as glass, but also determines several of its properties.
    • Each panel features an elongated, irregular rectangle painted in acrylic in red, blue or black against a contrasting hue.
    • It is not that Thomas deliberately creates irregular shapes.
    1.2 (in time) [intervals/pulse] irregular to keep irregular hours tener* un horario irregular I've been a bit irregular lately [euphemistic/eufemístico] no he ido muy bien de vientre últimamente
    Example sentences
    • Income can be withdrawn at irregular intervals to suit individual circumstances as long as the payments are in accordance with the above limits.
    • The rhythm is irregular, and the rate can vary or become sinus bradycardia because of the long pauses.
    • At the northwest corner, three to four people smoked at irregular intervals.
  • 2 (contrary to rules) inadmisible, contrario a las normas this is highly irregular esto es totalmente inadmisible it would be most irregular for me to discuss a client with you estaría totalmente fuera de lugar que yo hablara de un cliente con usted
    Example sentences
    • However, this was found in contradiction of OUSU rules, necessitating an irregular by-election to be held via an extraordinary meeting of the Postgraduate Assembly.
    • Indicated if labour is established but the contractions are of irregular intensity or duration.
    • The gentle formality of the house contrasts strongly with its irregular context and neighbouring suburban dwellings, but it does have precedents in New Zealand.
  • 3 [Linguistics/Lingüística] [verb/ending/plural] irregular
    Example sentences
    • The questions required knowledge of some words, but also of an irregular verb form and some grammatical terminology.
    • In some irregular verbs, these functions are served by different forms.
    • Note that ‘to spy’ is always an irregular verb, only the third person form resembles the infinitive.
  • 4 [Military/Militar] [troops] irregular
    Example sentences
    • As the theatre of war moved south, so did the smallpox, primarily affecting civilians, camp followers, and irregular troops in both armies.
    • Not only did he understand the new tactics, he was also able to put them into practice using a smaller army made up of irregular troops.
    • In fact, regular as well as irregular troops opposed the US in many of the conflicts Boot cites.
  • 5 (substandard) (American English/inglés norteamericano) defectuoso


  • 1 [Military/Militar] soldado (masculine) irregular the irregulars las tropas irregulares
  • 2
    (irregulars plural)
    (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Business/Comercio] artículos (masculine plural) defectuosos

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Cultural fact of the day

Spain's 1978 Constitution granted areas of competence competencias to each of the autonomous regions it created. It also established that these could be modified by agreements, called estatutos de autonomía or just estatutos, between central government and each of the autonomous regions. The latter do not affect the competencias of central government which controls the army, etc. For example, Navarre, the Basque Country and Catalonia have their own police forces and health services, and collect taxes on behalf of central government. Navarre has its own civil law system, fueros, and can levy taxes which are different to those in the rest of Spain. In 2006, Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia renegotiated their estatutos. The Catalan Estatut was particularly contentious.