despistado
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Usage note
This word is used with the verb "ser" in the sense shown in 2), and with the verb "estar" in the senses shown in 3) and 4).
el despistado, la despistada(
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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. (inattentive person)
a. scatterbrain
Es un despistado. Deja sus llaves en casa cada dos por tres.He's a scatterbrain. He's always leaving his keys at home.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (inattentive by nature)
a. absent-minded
Siempre ha sido muy despistado. ¿Te acuerdas cuando no encontraba el coche?He has always been very absent-minded. Do you remember when he couldn't find his car?
b. forgetful
¿Podrías llamarme para recordármelo? Soy muy despistado.Could you call to remind me? I am very forgetful.
3. (inattentive for a moment)
a. distracted
Aproveché que su secretaria estaba despistada para entrar corriendo en su despacho.I took advantage of his secretary being distracted to run into his office.
b. miles away
Estaba despistado y no me enteré de lo que dijo.I was miles away and didn't pay any attention to what he said.
4. (bewildered)
a. confused
Estoy despistado. ¿Los gastos no iban en esta columna?I'm confused. Didn't expenses go in this column?
b. lost
Soy nuevo y ando un poco despistado.I'm new here and am a bit lost.
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despistado
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. absent-minded
en ese momento estaba despistado y no la viI was distracted at the time and didn't see her
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a. scatterbrain
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despistadoa despistada
adjective
1 (distraído) vague; absentminded
2 (confuso) confused; muddled
ando muy despistado con todo esto I'm terribly muddled about all this
(distraído) scatterbrain; absent-minded person
es un despistado he's very absent-minded
hacerse el despistado (para no entender) to pretend not to understand; (para no ver a algn) to pretend not to be looking
la vi pero me hice el despistado para no saludar
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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