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"Estúpido" is an adjective which is often translated as "stupid", and "bobo" is an adjective which is often translated as "silly". Learn more about the difference between "estúpido" and "bobo" below.
estúpido(
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too
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unintelligent)
a. stupid
Despidieron a una maestra por decirle "niña estúpida" a una alumna.The teacher was fired for saying "stupid girl" to a student.
2. (ill-considered)
a. stupid
Fue estúpido pensar que podríamos colarnos en la discoteca.It was stupid to think that we'd be able to sneak into the night club.
b. silly
La idea parece tonta, pero puede funcionar.It sounds like a silly idea, but it might work.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (foolish person)
a. idiot
Este señor es un estúpido a quien le falta el sentido común.That man is an idiot who has no common sense.
b. fool
La estúpida de tu hermana se ha enamorado de Felipe.Your fool of a sister has fallen in love with Felipe.
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bobo(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (foolish)
a. silly
No seas boba; claro que puedes entrar.Don't be silly! Of course you can come in.
b. dumb
Ese chico bobo nunca aprenderá su lección.That dumb boy will never learn his lesson.
2. (innocent)
a. naive
Si no fuera tan bobo, Jules se daría cuenta de que esta es una situación peligrosa.If he weren't so naive, Jules would realize that this is a dangerous situation.
b. naïve
No seas tan bobo. ¡Los elefantes no pueden volar!Don't be so naïve. Elephants can't fly!
c. simple
Marco es un poco bobo; se cree cualquier cosa que le digan.Marco is a bit simple; he believes everything you tell him.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (stupid person)
a. fool
Solo un bobo creería una historia así.Only a fool would believe a story like that.
b. idiot
¿Por qué sales con Ken? Es un bobo.Why are you dating Ken? He's an idiot.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(anatomy) (River Plate)
a. heart
Tío Lalo anda con problemas del bobo.Uncle Lalo has heart problems.
b. ticker
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El bobo se me empieza a acelerar cuando pienso en Mireya.My ticker starts beating faster when I think of Mireya.
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