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"Estúpido" is an adjective which is often translated as "stupid", and "imbécil" is a noun which is often translated as "imbecile". Learn more about the difference between "estúpido" and "imbécil" below.
estúpido(
ehs
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too
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pee
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doh
)
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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el imbécil, la imbécil(
eem
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beh
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seel
)
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).
1. (fool)
a. imbecile
Solo a un imbécil se le ocurriría votarlo para presidente.Only an imbecile would vote for him for president.
b. idiot
¿Quién fue el imbécil que rompió el televisor?Who was the idiot that broke the television set?
c. moron
Oye, imbécil. No vuelvas a estacionar frente a mi garaje.Hey, moron. Don't park in front of my garage again.
2.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(medicine)
a. imbecile
A word or phrase that is gravely offensive and taboo in all contexts (e.g. nigger, cunt).
(extremely offensive)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
Los imbéciles van a una clase especial porque tienen necesidades de aprendizaje diferentes.The imbeciles are going to a special class because they have different learning needs.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (fool)
a. stupid
¿No entiendes lo que te digo? ¿Eres imbécil o qué?You don't understand what I'm saying? Are you stupid or what?
b. silly
Ese niño imbécil casi incendió la casa.That silly little boy almost set the house on fire.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(medicine)
a. imbecilic
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
Como la madre del niño imbécil murió, lo pusieron en un orfanato.The mother of the imbecilic child died and he ended up in an orphanage.
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