See also: Guagua

SpanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Onomatopoetic of the sound made by the wheel suspension of the bus. (The buses of public transport in Canary Islands were not very modern in the early years.) The Royal Spanish Academy considers this etymology debated.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡwaɡwa/, [ˈɡwa.ɣ̞wa]

NounEdit

guagua f (plural guaguas)

  1. a trivial thing
  2. (Caribbean, Canary Islands, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Louisiana) bus (with a fixed route)
    Synonyms: (Argentina, Mexico) colectivo, combi, (Mexico City) pesero
  3. (Cuba, Dominican Republic) hemipters
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Quechua wawa (infant, child).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡwaɡwa/, [ˈɡwa.ɣ̞wa]

NounEdit

guagua f (plural guaguas)

  1. (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) baby, infant, or child
    Synonym: bebé
  2. (Peru) a type of sweet bread shaped like a baby
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