Desvelado – Translations & Meanings in English


DefinitionDesvelado is a standard Spanish adjective that is used to describe a person that didn’t sleep enough or anything at all. As a result, ‘desvelado’ can be translated as ‘sleep-deprived’ or ‘sleepless’.  

What Does ‘Desvelado’ Means?

  • Translation #1: ‘Desvelado’ means sleep-deprived, tired or sleepless. 

How and When to use ‘Desvelado’

  • As a synonym of ‘sleepless’, ‘tired’ or ‘sleep-deprived’. In Spanish, ‘desvelado’ is an adjective that we use to describe a person that, for some reason or another, hasn’t slept enough. ‘Desvelado’ implies a state of tiredness due to the lack of sleep and it comes from the verb desvelarse. 

Examples of How to Use ‘Desvelado’ in Spanish

Here are some real-life examples of how to use ‘desvelado’ in your conversations.

As a synonym of ‘sleepless’ or ‘sleep-deprived’  

Like most Spanish adjectives, ‘desvelado’ has a feminine form that you need to use when describing a woman. Additionally, this word is used to describe a state (tiredness or lack of sleep), as a result, you would need to use it with verbs like estar and verse. Here are some examples:

[Estar conjugated] + desvelado

Nancy está desvelada y necesita café
Nancy is tired and she needs some coffee

Me pongo de malas cuando estoy desvelado
I get very cranky when I’m sleep-deprived

¿Estás desvalado? ¡Hoy tenemos un proyecto importante!
Are you tired? We have an important project today!

[Verse conjugated] + desvelado

Te ves un poco desvelado, ¿a qué hora te dormiste?
You seem tired, what time did you go to bed?

Karina y Sasha se ven muy desveladas
Karina and Sasha look sleep-deprived

Ayer no dormí nada, pero la verdad no me veo desvelado
Yesterday I didn’t sleep anything at all, but I don’t look tired 

Take Note: Desvelado and desvelada come from the verb ‘desvelarse’ which can be used to express that you didn’t sleep. It can be translated as ‘be awake late’, or ‘unable to sleep’. Just like ‘verse’, ‘develarse’ is a reflexive verb. So, in order to use them correctly, you will need to follow the reflexive verb conjugation.  

Who Can You Use ‘Desvelado’ With?

As a standard word, ‘desvelado’ can be used in both formal and informal situations. Additionally, you can also use it in all Spanish speaking countries. 

Synonyms: 2 Ways To Say ‘Desvelado’

  • Insomne → It’s a very formal adjective that we use to describe a person unable to sleep. It means ‘sleepless’. 
  • Despierto → It’s the direct translation of ‘awake’, but can be used in place of ‘desvelado’. In order to use it as a synonym of ‘desvelado’, despierto needs to work with the verb ‘quedarse’. This word has a feminine form (‘despierta’) which you will need to use when referring to a woman.

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