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Translation of pintar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 2 (en frases negativas e interrogativas) 2.1 [colloquial] (tener relación) ¿se puede saber qué pintas tú en este asunto?
    and what (exactly) do you have to do with all this? [colloquial]
    and where exactly do you fit into all this? [colloquial]
    no, gracias, no voy, yo ahí no pinto nada
    2.2 [colloquial] (tener influencia) yo allí no pinto nada, soy un simple empleado
    I don't have any say in what goes on there, I'm a mere employee
    I don't have any clout there, I'm a mere employee [colloquial]

verbo intransitivo

  • 2 (en naipes)
    to be trumps
    pintan tréboles or pinta a or en tréboles
    clubs are trumps

also: pintarse verbo pronominal reflexivo

  • 1 1.1 (maquillarse)
    to put on one's makeup
    tarda media hora en pintarse
    it takes her half an hour to put her makeup on o to get made up o to make herself up
    ¿tienes un espejo para que me pueda pintar?
    do you have a mirror so that I can put my makeup on?
    do you have a mirror so that I can do my face? [colloquial]
    ¿dónde vas, que te has pintado tanto?
    where are you going so madeup o with all that makeup on?
    pintarse los ojos
    to put on eye makeup
    pintarse las uñas
    to paint one's nails
    put on nail polish
    pintárselas solo [colloquial]
    (para algo positivo) to be a dabhand
    be an expert
    (para algo negativo) to be an expert [ironic]
    to be a past master
    1.2 [colloquial] (mancharse) te pintaste la cara de tinta
    you've got(ten) ink all over your face
Example sentences
  • Cuando no tiene contratos de payaso trabaja pintando casas.
  • Hay que decirlo, no es tan importante como lo quieren pintar.
  • Lo interesante es poder pintar lo que no se ve.
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