Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday July 10, 2013

afán\a'fin\, noun:
eagerness; effort

The general idea behind afán is being enthusiastic about doing or achieving something. So it can mean either the eagerness with which you do something, or the effort you put into doing it. If you think of the phrase ‘a fan’, it may help you to remember the meaning.

en su afán de marcar un gol
in his eagerness to score a goal

The effort meaning comes out in the next example:

Trabajan con mucho afán.
They put a lot of effort into their work.

In Colombia afán means hurry as in:

Puede esperar, no hay afán.
It can wait, there’s no hurry.

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