- 1 1.1 [mosquito/víbora] to bite; [abeja/avispa] to sting ¿te picaron los mosquitos anoche? did you get bitten by the mosquitoes last night?, did the mosquitoes get you last night? [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 [polilla] una manta picada por las polillas a moth-eaten blanket las polillas me picaron el poncho the moths got at my poncho 1.3 [ave] [comida] to peck at; [enemigo] to peck 1.4 [anzuelo] to bite 1.5 [familiar/colloquial] (comer) to eat picar galletas entre horas engorda muchísimo eating cookies between meals is very fattening nos sirvió un aperitivo con algo para picar he served us a drink and some nibbles no quiero cenar, solo picar algo I don't want supper, just a little snack o just a bite to eat 1.6 [billete/boleto] to punch 1.7 [Taur] to jab; [Agr] to goad, prod
- 3 3.1 [Coc] [cebolla/perejil] to chop, chop … up; [carne] (Esp, RPl) to grind (AmE) to mince (BrE) ; [pan/manzana] (Ven) to cut 3.2 [hielo] to crush; [tierra] to break up; [pared] to chip [piedra] (deshacer, romper) to break up, smash; (labrar, astillar) to work, chip away at
- 6 (Per) [familiar/colloquial], (obtener dinero) to get (some) money from o out of voy a picar a mi viejo I'm going to get some money out of my old man [colloquial/familiar], I'm going to touch my old man for some money [colloquial/familiar]
- 7 7.1 (incitar) to spur on; (ofender, enfadar) to upset, hurt 7.2 [amor propio] to wound, hurt; [curiosidad] to pique, arouse
- 1 1.1 (morder el anzuelo) to bite, take the bait ha picado un pez grande we've got o hooked a big one el cliente picó the customer rose to o took the bait le tendimos una trampa y picó we set a trap for him and he fell for it picar alto to aim high 1.2 (comer) to nibble siempre anda picando entre comidas he's always eating o nibbling between meals
- 2 2.1 [comida] to be hot esta mostaza pica mucho this mustard's really hot, this mustard really burns your mouth 2.2 (producir comezón) [lana/suéter] to itch, be itchy me pica la espalda my back itches o is itchy ¿te pican los ojos? are your eyes stinging o smarting? 2.3 [familiar/colloquial] (quemar) ¡cómo pica el sol hoy! the sun's really burning o scorching today! 2.4 (Méx) pinchar 2 1
- 3 (AmL) [pelota] to bounce la pelota picó fuera the ball bounced o went out hacer picar la pelota to bounce the ball
- 5 (RPl) [argot/slang], (irse, largarse) to split [slang/argot], to beat it [slang/argot] picarle (Méx) [familiar/colloquial] to get a move on [colloquial/familiar], to move it (BrE) [colloquial/familiar]
picarse v pron
- 1 1.1 [muelas] to decay, rot; [manguera/llanta] to perish; [cacerola/pava] to rust; [ropa] to get moth-eaten 1.2 [manzana] to rot, go rotten; [vino] to go sour
- 3 [familiar/colloquial] (enfadarse) to get annoyed, get in a huff [colloquial/familiar]; (ofenderse) to take offense (AmE) o (BrE) offence, be piqued hombre, no te piques; si solo era una broma come on, don't get annoyed, it was only a joke [colloquial/familiar] anda picado he's in a huff [colloquial/familiar]
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