¿Sabías que...?: Averigua el nombre del siguiente símbolo en tu teclado y para qué se usa: ^.
cosa / thing
 
cosa   -noun feminine
1. (=objeto)   thing
·¿qué es esa cosa redonda?
·what'noun that round thing?
·cogí mis cosas y me fui
·I picked up my things and left
·no es otra cosa que una bolsa de pluralástico
·it'noun nothing more than a plastic bag,   it'noun just a plastic bag
·para el dolor de cabeza no tengo otra cosa que aspirina
·all I have for headaches is aspirin
·cosas de comer
·things to eat
·las cosas del jardínoun
·the gardening things
a. es cosa fina   *   it'noun excellent stuff *
b. es cosa de ver   it'noun well worth seeing,   you have to see it
2. (uso indefinido)
·¿alguna cosa masculineánoun?
·anything else?
a. o cosa [así]
·20 kilos o cosa así
·20 kilos or thereabouts
·y cosas así
·and suchlike
b. [cualquier] cosa =   anything
·haría cualquier cosa por ella
·I'd do anything for her
·este vino no es cualquier cosa
·this isn't just any old wine
c. [gran] cosa
·el coche no vale gran cosa
·the car isn't worth much
·no ha servido de gran cosa
·it hasn't been much use
·la película no fue gran cosa
·the film wasn't up to much
·como futbolista no es gran cosa
·he'noun not a great footballer,   he'noun not much of a footballer
d. [poca] cosa
·lo qué recibieron a cambio fue poca cosa
·they didn't get much in return,   they got very little in return
·vive bien con poca cosa
·she lives well on very little
·no te preocupes por tan poca cosa
·don't worry about a little thing like that
·jugamos a las cartas, leemos y poca cosa masculineánoun
·we play cards, read and do little else o and that'noun about it
·la vida es tan corta y somos tan poca cosa
·life is so short and we're so insignificant
·la chica es muy poquita cosa
·there'noun not much of her
e. [una] cosa =   something
·hay una cosa que no me gusta
·there is one thing I don't like
·¿me puedes decir una cosa?
·can you tell me something?
·una cosa, se me olvidaba preguntarte por el precio
·by the way, I forgot to ask you about the price
·en general está muy bien, nounólo una cosa ...
·on the whole, it'noun very good, there'noun just one thing ...
3. (=asunto)
·eso es cosa tuya
·that'noun your affair
·es cosa feminineácil
·it'noun easy
·¿has visto cosa igual?
·did you ever see the like?
·¡qué cosa masculineánoun extraña!
·how strange!
·es cosa de nunca acabar
·there'noun no end to it
·ésa es cosa vieja
·so what'noun new?,   that'noun ancient history
·¡vaya una cosa!
·well!,   there'noun a thing!
a. [la] cosa es que ... =   the thing is (that) ...
·la cosa puede acabar mal
·things could end badly
·la cosa no está tan clara
·it'noun not that clear
·la cosa está en considerar el problema desde otro ángulo
·the thing to do o the trick is to consider the problem from another angle
b. [no es] cosa de broma o risa =   it'noun no laughing matter
·no es cosa de que lo dejes todo
·there'noun no need for you to give it all up
c. [no sea] cosa que =   in case
·trae el paraguas, no sea cosa que llueva
·bring your umbrella in case it rains
d. [otra] cosa
·no se hablaba de otra cosa
·people talked about nothing else
·¿hay otra cosa que pueda hacer?
·is there anything else I can do?
·eso es otra cosa
·that'noun another matter o thing (entirely)
·otra cosa es que la ley imponga 40 horas semanales para todos
·it'noun another matter entirely for the law to oblige everyone to work 40 hours a week
·otra cosa sería si ...
·it would be quite another matter if ...
e. cosa [rara]
·y, cosa rara, nadie lo vio
·and, oddly o funnily enough, nobody saw it
f. a otra cosa, mariposa   it'noun time to move on
g. como quien no quiere la cosa
·lo miraba como quien no quiere la cosa
·she cast a casual glance at the boy
·se levantó y se fue como quien no quiere la cosa
·she got up and left as inconspicuously as possible
h. como si tal cosa
·me devolvió el libro roto como si tal cosa
·he gave me back the damaged book as if nothing had happened
·le dije que había sido seleccionado para el trabajo y se quedó como si tal cosa
·I told him he had got the job and he barely reacted
i. decir una cosa por otra   to lie
4. (=nada)
·no hay cosa peor
·there'noun nothing worse
·jamánoun he visto cosa semejante
·I've never seen anything like it,   I've never seen the like of it
·¡no hay tal cosa!
·nothing of the sort!
·nunca he dicho nada sobre ese tema ni cosa que se le parezca
·I never said anything about that subject or anything like it
a. [no] es ninguna cosa del otro jueves o mundo   it'noun nothing to write home about
5. cosas
5.1. (=acciones, asuntos)
·¡son cosas de Juan!
·that'noun Juan all over!,   that'noun just like Juan!
·son cosas de la edad
·it'noun just old age
·¡cosas de niños!
·boys will be boys!
·¡qué cosas dices!
·you do say some silly things!
·¡tienes unas cosas!
·the things you say!
a. [meterse] en cosas de otros =   to stick one'noun nose in other people'noun business
b. decir cuatro cosas a somebody, someone   to give somebody a piece of one'noun mind
5.2. [las] cosas
(=situaciónoun)   things
·las cosas van mejor
·things are going better
·tal como estánoun las cosas
·as things stand
·así las cosas, se marchó de la reuniónoun
·at this point, she left the meeting
·¡lo que son las cosas!
·just imagine!,   fancy that!
b. las cosas de palacio van despacio   it all takes time,   the mills of God grind slowly
6. cosa [de]   (indicando tiempo)   about
·es cosa de un par de semanas
·it takes about a couple of weeks
·en cosa de diez minutos
·in about ten minutes
7. **
(droga)   hash *
8. (Latin America)   (como conjunction)
a. cosa [que]
·camina lento, cosa que no te canses
·walk slowly so (that) you don't get tired
·no le digas nada, cosa que no se ofenda
·don't say anything to him, that way he won't get offended,   don't say anything to him in case he gets offended
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
Search another word or see cosa on Dictionary | Thesaurus
Word of the Day
room
Phrase of the Day

Travel Narrative
Primer encuentro: ¡Encantada! / My roommate: first encounter
Copyright ©  2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Suggest a Word Help