Monday, 10 September 2012

Gallo


Today's WOTD is: "gallo" = cockerel/ rooster

In Spanish, the noun "gallo"* is a masculine noun of Latin origin which means cockerel/ rooster.

The Spanish word “gallo” may be used also as a describing word/ adjective meaning tough or macho.

*NB The word “gallo” is used with a wide variety of meanings, many of them slang meanings, especially throughout Latin America.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "gallo" are:
  • Al primer gallo (at midnight);
  • Comer gallo (to be aggressive/ in a foul mood... to get out of bed on the wrong side);
  • Como el gallo de Morón, cacareando y sin plumas (stripped bare of everything but still upbeat);
  • Dormirsele el gallo a alguien (to let an opportunity slip);
  • Engreído como gallo de cortijo (someone who is full of himself);
  • En menos que canta un gallo (quick as a flash/ before you can say Jack Robinson);
  • En menos de lo que canta un gallo (quick as a flash/ before you can say Jack Robinson);
  • Gallo chinguero (provocative person/ a stirrer);
  • Gallo de pelea (fighting cock/ gamecock);
  • Gallo de roca (cock-of-the-rock);
  • Gallo de riña (fighting cock/ gamecock);
  • Gallo de San Pedro (john dory – fish);
  • Gallo pinto (rice and beans dish);
  • Gallo silvestre (capercaillie);
  • Hay gallo tapado (to smell a rat);
  • Mamarle gallo a alguien (to pull somebody's leg);
  • Misa de gallo (midnight mass on Christmas Eve);
  • No cantar bien dos gallos en un gallinero (the place is not big enough for two people);
  • Ojo de gallo (foot corn);
  • Otro gallo me cantara (things would be very different);
  • Otro gallo cantaría (things would be very different);
  • Pata de gallo (houndstooth - cloth pattern);
  • Pata de gallo (crow foot);
  • Pelar gallo (to make a run for it/ to kick the bucket);
  • Pelea de gallos (cockfight);
  • Peso gallo (bantam weight - boxing);
  • Soltar un gallo (to sing a false note);
  • Tener alguien mucho gallo (to be really cocky);

Some examples of the use of the word "gallo" are:
  • Salimos al primer gallo (we left at midnight);
  • Habrás comido gallo, estás insoportable (you must have got out of bed on the wrong side, you are in a foul mood);
  • Los ladrones me dejaron como el gallo de Morón, cacareando y sin plumas (the thieves took everything, they left me in a sorry state but still upbeat);
  • Ayer se nos durmió el gallo (yesterday, we slipped up);
  • Ese tipo es engreído como gallo de cortijo (that guy is really full of himself);
  • Estamos al aeropuerto en menos que canta un gallo (before you could say Jack Robinson we are in the airport/ in a flash);
  • Estamos al aeropuerto en menos de lo que canta un gallo (before you could say Jack Robinson we are in the airport/ in a flash);
  • Ese tipo es un gallo chinguero (that guy is a stirrer);
  • Esa ave es un gallo de pelea (that bird is a fighting cock/ gamecock);
  • Esa ave es un gallo de riña (that bird is a fighting cock/ gamecock);
  • Esa ave es un gallo de roca (that bird is a cock-of-the-rock);
  • Esa ave es un gallo silvestre (that bird is a capercaillie);
  • Ese pescado es gallo d San Pedro (that fish is john dory);
  • Aquí hay gallo tapado (something fishy going on here);
  • Pedro no hace más que mamar gallo (Pedro does nothing but pull everyone's leg);
  • Por Nochebuena se celebra la misa de gallo (there is a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve);
  • No hacemos más que discutir, dos gallos no cantan bien en un gallinero (we do nothing but argue, this town ain't big enough for the two of us);
  • Tengo un ojo de gallo en un dedo del pie derecho (I have a corn on the toe of my right foot );
  • Si hicieras los deberes, otro gallo te cantara (if you did your homework, things would be very different);
  • Si hicieras los deberes, otro gallo cantaría (if you did your homework, things would be very different);
  • Ese vestido de pata de gallo te queda muy bien (that houndstooth patterned dress looks really well on you);
  • Me salen patas de gallo en la cara (I have crow's feet on my face);
  • No me gustan las peleas de gallos (I don't like cockfighting);
  • Ese es el campeón del mundo de peso gallo (that fellow is the bantamweight world champion);
  • Para sombro del público, la soprano soltó un gallo (to the audience's astonishment, the soprano missed a note);
  • Ese tipo tiene mucho gallo (that guy is really cocky);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "gallo" in the YouTube clip: El Gallo Pinto - con Letra

For more on the word "gallo", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Gallo

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “gallo” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

This is another Free online Spanish lesson from Love-Spanish.com. We conduct Spanish lessons online on a wide range of topics using the latest video conferencing facilities. Online lessons are the ideal way to improve listening and speaking skills. For more details on our lessons online and how to book them, please visit:

For more Free Spanish:
Follow us on:
© Copyright 2012 Love-Spanish.com. by Jose M González. All Rights Reserved.
Post a Comment