Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /pɪntʃ/

Translation of pinch in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (act) pellizco (masculine) to give sb a pinch pellizcar* or darle* un pellizco a algn in o (British English/inglés británico) at a pinch (if necessary) si fuera necesario (at the most) como máximo to feel the pinch estar* apretado (de dinero), pasar estrecheces we're going to feel the pinch vamos a estar más apretados (de dinero)
    Example sentences
    • Try strokes, caresses, nips, pinches and gentle scratches.
    • Number of gropes, slaps, pinches and otherwise unwanted sexual attention endured: 0.
    • What looks like an earlobe pinch is a pressure point submission; I had heard of its use in law enforcement but hadn't seen it until now.
    1.2 (small quantity) pizca (feminine), pellizco (masculine) a pinch of salt una pizca or un pellizco de sal salt 1 1 1
    Example sentences
    • The only added ingredients are a pinch of salt and, on the French fries, canola or soybean oil and citric acid.
    • For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until they are fluffy and then add the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt until combined.
    • While the pinch of something can as well, in general, a cook understands that a pinch is a modest amount, less than a teaspoon.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [person] pellizcar*; [shoes] apretar* pinch the pastry to make little folds hacer* un repulgo en la masa

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (be too tight) [shoes] apretar* 1.2 (be frugal) to pinch and scrape o save hacer* economías, privarse de cosas

Definition of pinch in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day repecho
steep slope …
Cultural fact of the day

The language of the Basque Country and Navarre is euskera, spoken by around 750,000 people; in Spanish vasco or vascuence. It is also spelled euskara. Basque is unrelated to the Indo-European languages and its origins are unclear. Like Spain's other regional languages, Basque was banned under Franco. With the return of democracy, it became an official language alongside Spanish, in the regions where it is spoken. It is a compulsory school subject and is required for many official and administrative posts in the Basque Country. There is Basque language television and radio and a considerable number of books are published in Basque. See also lenguas cooficiales