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mal 1

adjective

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mal 2

adjective invariable

  • 1 1.1estar mal
    (enfermo, con mal aspecto) to be bad or ill
    (anímicamente) to be or feel low [colloquial]
    to be or feel down [colloquial]
    me siento mal
    I don't feel well
    I feel ill
    hace días que ando mal del estómago
    I've been having trouble with my stomach for some days now
    lo encontré muy mal, pálido y desmejorado
    he didn't seem at all well, he looked pale and sickly
    está muy mal, no se ha repuesto de lo del marido
    she's in a bad way, she hasn't got over what happened to her husband
    ¡éste está mal de la cabeza!
    he's not right in the head
    esas cosas me ponen mal
    things like that really upset me
    1.2 (incómodo, a disgusto) ¿tan mal estás aquí que te quieres ir?
    are you so unhappy here that you want to leave?
    tú allí estás mal
    you aren't comfortable there
  • 2 [colloquial] (en frases negativas) (refiriéndose al atractivo sexual) no está nada mal
    he's/she's not at all bad [colloquial]
  • 4 (insatisfactorio) los soufflés siempre me quedan mal
    my soufflés never turn out right
    estoy or quedé or salí muy mal en esta foto
    I look awful in this photo
    le queda mal ese peinado
    that hairstyle doesn't suit her
    la casa no está mal, pero es cara
    the house isn't bad or is quite nice but it's expensive
    sacarnos un millón no estaría nada mal
    I wouldn't mind winning a million
  • 6 (indicando escasez)estar mal de algoestamos mal de dinero
    we're hard up [colloquial]
    we're short of money
    estamos mal de arroz
    we have hardly any rice (left)
    we're low on or almost out of rice
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mal 3

adverb

  • 2 (desventajosamente) se casó muy mal
    she made a bad marriage
    vendieron muy mal la casa
    they got a terrible price for the house
    el negocio marcha mal
    the business isn't doing very well
  • 5 (difícilmente) mal puedes saber si te gusta si no lo has probado
    you can hardly say or I don't see how you can say whether you like it when you haven't even tried it
  • 6 (en locuciones) hacer mal (Latin America) (a la salud), los fritos hacen mal al hígado
    fried food is bad for the liver
    comí algo que me hizo mal
    I ate something which didn't agree with me or which made me feel bad or ill
    ver tb mal4 2mal que bien or (Chile) mal que mal [colloquial] mal que me/te/nos pese
    whether I/you/we like it or not
    menos mal, aceptaron tu solicitud — ¡menos mal!
    they've accepted your application — thank goodness!
    ¡menos mal que le avisaron a tiempo!
    it's just as well they told him in time!
    ¡menos mal que no se enteró!
    it's a good thing she didn't find out!
    it's a good job she didn't find out! (British) [colloquial]
    estar a mal con alguien
    to be on bad terms with somebody
    tomarse algo a mal
    to take something to heart
    traer 1 2
Example sentences
  • Piel enrojecida con exudado mal oliente de color café adherido a la piel.
  • No mal informen a los lectores de su prestigioso medio.
  • Osea solo porque les cae mal hay que tratarlos como animales.
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mal 4

masculine noun

  • 2 (daño, perjuicio) no le perdono todo el mal que me hizo
    I can't forgive her all the wrong she did me
    le estás haciendo un mal consintiéndole todo
    you're doing her a disservice or you're not doing her any good by giving in to her all the time
    el divorcio de sus padres le hizo mucho mal
    her parents' divorce did her a lot of harm
    lo que me dijo me hizo mucho mal
    what he said hurt me deeply or really hurt me
    ver tb mal3 6
  • 3 (inconveniente, problema) los males que aquejan a nuestra sociedad
    the ills afflicting our society
    la contaminación es uno de los males de nuestro tiempo
    pollution is one of the evils of our time
    a grandes males grandes remedios
    desperate situations call for desperate measures
    no hay mal que cien años dure
    nothing goes on for ever
    no hay mal que por bien no venga mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos, … pero a mucha gente le pasó lo mismo — mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos
    … but the same thing happened to a lot of other people — so that makes you feel better, does it? [ironic]
    todos mis amigos suspendieron también, así que mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos
    all my friends failed too, so that's some consolation, I suppose or so that makes things a bit better, I suppose
    quien canta sus males espanta
    problems don't seem so bad if you keep cheerful
Example sentences
  • El caso de Rivera es un mal precedente para toda la democracia.
  • El intervencionismo estatal es un mal endémico en la economía estadounidense.
  • No lo tome a mal, su trabajo me parece extraordinario.
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