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3 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

Spanish > English



Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

que pifiaba emocionado


— Tú no tienes la culpa, Erik — levantó la mano, aún temblorosa y acunó su mejilla —llévame a casa por favor. Él asintió levantándola en brazos, como si fuera un ser delicado y frágil, la llevó hasta Gullfaxi que pifiaba emocionado y montaron sobre él. Luego, la cubrió con su capa.

Gullfaxi is a horse that has a lot of personality.



The answer of exegete  See profile was rated best

who was stamping [the ground]/pawing the ground excitedly

My comment:

"- You are not to blame, Erik - she raised her hand, still trembling, and cradled his cheek - take me home please. He nodded, lifting her up in his arms, as if she were a delicate and fragile creature, took her to Gullfaxi, who was ***stamping [the ground]/pawing the ground*** excitedly, and they climbed on him. Then he put his cape over her [shoulders]."

My references: :

1. to ***stamp the ground***: [person] dar patadas en el suelo; ***[horse] piafar***"

It is "piaffer" in French, which then Collins only translates by "stamp": :

"piaffer [pjafe] vi
[cheval] to stamp"

and WordReference translates as:

"piaffer⇒ vi (gratter le sol) ***stamp***⇒ vtr
***paw the ground*** v expr
Les chevaux piaffaient devant leurs boxes." :

"to paw the ground [horse]: piaffer
The horse **pawed the ground**. = Le cheval piaffait."

I googled "horse was pawing the ground" and got an entire page of matches.

I googled "horse was stamping the ground" and got 4 matches.

I googled: "horse was stamping" -ground
and also got an entire page of matches,
"stamping" being sometimes followed by "its/his feet" or "its hooves" or some other "complément d'objet direct" as we say in French, but sometimes alone too, without a complement, so you can use it alone too.

N.B. It has nothing to do with "hissing", which is one of the meanings of "pifiar" (WordReference and TheFreeDictionary), as horses don't hiss, after checking: and .

"to neigh" is: relinchar

Hope this helps.