There are 2 translations of reel in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /riːl/


  • 1 1.1 (for wire, thread, tape) carrete (m), reel (m) (RPl) a cotton reel (BrE) un carrete or (RPl) un carretel de hilo
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    • ‘I have to keep rolling the thread reels which keeps my elbows moving,’ he said.
    • She was given a button, a needle, a cotton reel and a choice of private places she could use to sew a button on in school.
    • One is quite tempted to ask the projectionist if he keeps switching reels from different films.
    1.2 (of film) rollo (m)
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    • Loose ends still abound in the final reel, leaving the film with a less than satisfying conclusion.
    • Despite noticeable speckles, nicks and the odd scratch, the first reel of the film looks quite good with excellent contrast and sharp images.
    • The eventual question is, to what lengths of madness will the obsessive Murnau go to complete the final reel of his masterwork?
    1.3 (fishing) carrete (m), carretel (m), reel (m) (RPl)
  • 2 (dance)baile de origen escocés
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    • As a young officer in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he became adept at reels, strathspeys and sword dances.
    • Also on hand to entertain were young Irish dancers who performed reels, jigs and hornpipes.
    • Suzanne and her sister Ann-Marie danced jogs, reels and hornpipes, to the delight of everyone present.

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There are 2 translations of reel in Spanish:



  • 1 1.1 (move unsteadily) tambalearse he came reeling out of the room salió de la habitación tambaleándose or dando tumbos she reeled back from the blow el golpe la echó hacia atrás 1.2 (feel impact) they were still reeling from the last price rise todavía no se habían recuperado del impacto de la última subida de precios 1.3
    (reeling pres p)
    [motion/gait] tambaleante
  • 2 [room/walls] (move in circles) dar* vueltas my head was reeling todo me daba vueltas
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    • ‘It is humiliating to see people reeling around dead drunk on a Friday or Saturday night,’ she says.
    • Diners are discreetly shielded from the gaze of drinkers reeling past outside by the kind of blinds you often find on Greek or Italian restaurants.
    • Danny was downbeat and self-absorbed, reeling from one personal incident to the next like a ship without a compass, and his friends were a mixed bunch of dipsomaniacs and egotists.

Phrasal verbs

reel in

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
[line] enrollar, recoger*; [fish] sacar* del agua enrollando el sedal

reel off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
recitar de un tirón

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