Sunday, 6 October 2013

Guante

Today's WOTD is: "guante" = glove

In Spanish, “guante” is a masculine noun thought to be of Catalan origin, the main meaning of which is glove. The plural form, “guantes”, (gloves) is also often used.




Some words related to "guante" in common use are:



  • guantada”, a slap
  • guantazo”, a slap
  • guantera”, glove box
  • guantería”, glove factory/ glove shop

Some commonly used expressions with the word “guante” are:
  • Arrojarle el guante a alguien (to throw down the gauntlet to someone);
  • Colgar los guantes (to hang up one's gloves/ to retire);
  • De guante blanco (relying on skill rather than force/ violence);
  • Echarle el guante a alguien (to nab someone -colloquially);
  • Gato con guantes no caza ratones (cat with mittens catches no mice-Spanish proverb);
  • Guante de crin (friction mitt/ massage glove);
  • Guantes de boxeo (boxing gloves);
  • Guantes de conducir (driving gloves);
  • Guantes de cirujano (surgical gloves);
  • Guantes de lana (woollen gloves);
  • Guantes de goma (rubber gloves);
  • Guantes de piel (leather gloves);
  • Ladrón de guante blanco (white-collar thief/ pickpocket)
  • Llevar guantes (to wear gloves);
  • Recoger el guante (to take up the gauntlet);
  • Tirarle el guante a alguien (to throw down the gauntlet to someone);
  • Tratar a alguien con guante de seda (treat/ handle someone with kid gloves);

Some examples of the use of the word "guante" are:
  • Me arrojaron el guante y lo recogí (they threw down the gauntlet to me and I took it up);
  • Llegamos a la edad de colgar los guantes ¿no crees? (we have reached retiring age, don't you think?);
  • Lo más probable es que se trate de ladrón de guante blanco (in all probability it is a case of a pickpocket/ cat burglar);
  • Creo que quieren echarte el guante (I think they are after you/ they want to nab you);
  • En esa guantería tienen guantes de crin (in that glove shop they have friction mitts);
  • En esa tienda de deportes tienen guantes de boxeo (in that sports shop they have boxing gloves);
  • En esa tienda tienen guantes de cirujano (in that shop they have surgical gloves);
  • En esa guantería tienen guantes de lana (in that glove shop they have woollen gloves);
  • En esa tienda tienen guantes de goma (in that shop they have rubber gloves);
  • En esa guantería tienen guantes de piel (in that glove shop they sell leather gloves);
  • Llevo guantes porque hace frío (I am wearing gloves because it is cold);
  • Me tiraron el guante y lo recogí (they threw down the gauntlet to me and I took it up);
  • Te tratan con guantes de seda, ¿verdad? (you are being treated with kid gloves, aren't you?);
  • Estuve a punto de darle una guantada a ese tipo (I was on the verge of slapping that guy's face);
  • Estuve a punto de darle un guantazo a ese tipo (I was on the verge of slapping that guy's face);
  • Llevo la guantera llena de cosas (my glove box is full);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "guante" in the YouTube clip: gato con guantes

For more on the word "guante", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Guante

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

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