Translation of fregar in English:


to wash, v.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (lavar, limpiar)
    to wash
    fregué el suelo I mopped / washed the floor
    • fregar los platos to wash the dishes
  • 2Latin America informal

    • 2.1(molestar)

      ¡deja de fregar a tu hermano! stop pestering your brother! informal
      • no creo que sea así, lo dijo solo por fregarte I don't think it's true, she said it just to needle you
      • fregarle la paciencia a algn to go / keep on at sb

    • 2.2(expresando sorpresa)

      ¡no me friegues! you're kidding! informal

  • 3Latin America informal

    (planes) to ruin
    (planes) to mess up informal
    (planes) to put paid to British informal
    (paseo/vacaciones) to ruin
    (paseo/vacaciones) to put paid to British informal
  • 4Latin America informal

    me fregó con esa pregunta her question really floored / stumped me informal
    • el anterior gobierno no hizo más que fregar al país all the last government managed to do was drag the country down

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(lavar los platos)

      to wash the dishes
      to do the dishes informal
      to do the washing-up British
      to wash up British

    • 1.2(limpiar)

      to clean

    • 1.3(restregar)

      to scrub

  • 2Latin America informal

    • 2.1(molestar)

      ¿hasta cuándo friegan con ese ruido? how much longer do we have to put up with that horrible racket? informal
      • ¡déjate de fregar! stop bothering / pestering me!

    • 2.2(expresando sorpresa)

      ¡no friegues! you're joking! informal

pronominal verb

  • 1Latin America informal

    si no te gusta, te friegas if you don't like it you can lump it / that's tough! informal
    • ¡me fregué! I've really screwed up!
    • los que se friegan son ustedes you'll be the ones who lose out
  • 2Latin America informal

    • 2.1(malograrse)

      ahora sí que se fregaron nuestros planes that's really ruined / messed up our plans
      • se nos fregó la fiesta the party was ruined

    • 2.2

      (tobillo/mano) to do … in informal
      (tobillo/mano) to screw … up US informal