masculine noun
1. oversight (olvido); slip (error)
  • al menor descuido -> if you let your attention wander for even a moment
  • en un descuido, borré el fichero -> I deleted the file by mistake
2. untidiness, slovenliness (falta de aseo)

descuido [des-coo-ee'-do]
1. Carelessness, indolence, negligence, omission, forgetfulness. (m)
2. Heedlessness, abstraction, absence. (m)
3. Oversight. (m)
4. Want of attention, incivility, coldness, disesteem. (m)
5. Improper or disgraceful action. (m)
6. Imprudence, inmodesty. (m)
  • Al descuido -> affectedly or dissemblingly careless
  • Al descuido y con cuidado -> studiously careless, a dissembling carelessness

1 (distracción)
en un descuido le robaron el bolso her bag was stolen when she wasn't looking o in a moment of inattention; al menor descuido te puedes salir de la carretera if your attention wanders o if you get distracted, even for a moment, the car can go off the road; la colisión ocurrió por un descuido del maquinista the crash was caused by a careless mistake on the part of the driver; se me olvidó invitarla por descuido I carelessly forgot to invite her; dejó caer el pañuelo como por descuido she dropped her handkerchief as if by accident
atraparon al ladrón al descuido en un bar lo dijo al descuido en una cena informal no mencionarla fue un grave descuido
2 (negligencia) carelessness
no toleran el descuido en el aspecto externo they don't tolerate any carelessness in one's appearance; con descuido carelessly
hace todo con descuido rellenó el impreso con descuido y se lo rechazaron hizo el cálculo con descuido y le salió mal

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