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A Full

Definition of A Full

This is a colloquial phrase in Spanglish formed by the Spanish preposition “a” and the English adjective “full” whose meaning is to do the best possible a certain activity.

This activity can refer to speed (“vamos llegando a full”), quality (“vamos a pintar un retrato a full detalle”), disposition (“mañanaanallegaremos a full early”), concentration (“no puedo atenderte, estoy a full ocupado”) or intensity (“jugaremos este partido a full”).


  1. At full throttle
  2. At full speed
  3. Full throttle
  4. Full throttle
  5. At full speed
  6. On the run
  7. At maximum readiness
  8. A thousand miles an hour
  9. With the highest quality
  10. With all your heart
  11. In a hurry
  12. With the utmost diligence
  13. With absolute sincerity
  14. Fully concentrated
  15. Quickly
  16. Violently
  17. Without delay
  18. At once


The literal translation of the English word full is full, complete or total, and its origin of use in the Spanish language is due to the continuous contact that the inhabitants of certain Latin American countries, especially oil-producing countries, had with American workers.

It was common to hear them use the word full in many everyday phrases, and due to the “sticky” nature of the word, it quickly caught on in popular speech when they wanted to indicate something full or complete: “the room is full of people”, “I don’t want to eat anymore, I’m full”, etc.

Over time, the 21st century generations created a new lexicon including the preposition “a” in front of “full” to reaffirm, even more, the extreme sense of the term.


Something interesting is that the term A Full has been completely Americanized and currently the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language included in its Dictionary of Americanisms the orthographic adaptation “A Ful” with only one L as a completely valid term that is popularly used in a large part of the Latin American continent.