Possible Results:
el fallo
-the mistake
See the entry for fallo.
él/ella/usted falló
-he/she/you failed
Preteriteél/ella/ustedconjugation offallar.
él/ella/usted falló
Preteriteél/ella/ustedconjugation offallir.


A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (error)
a. mistake
Solo tuve un par de fallos en el examen.I made only a couple of mistakes on the exam.
b. stupid mistake
¡Qué fallo no pedirle el teléfono!What a stupid mistake not to ask for her phone number!
2. (mechanical flaw)
a. fault
El accidente estuvo provocado por un fallo del motor.The accident was caused by a fault in the engine.
3. (failure to hit)
a. miss
De nueve tiros lleva cinco fallos.She has had five misses out of nine shots.
4. (defect)
a. fault
No soy perfecto. Yo también tengo mis fallos.I'm not perfect. I too have my faults.
5. (conclusion after deliberation)
a. decision
Los concursantes están a la espera de que se anuncie el fallo del jurado.The competitors are waiting for the judges' decision to be announced.
6. (legal)
a. ruling
El juez emitió un fallo en su favor.The judge's ruling was in his favor.
b. judgment
El fallo fue en contra del demandante.The judgment was against the plaintiff.
c. verdict
Todavía pueden apelar contra el fallo del jurado.It's still possible for them to appeal against the jury's verdict.
7. (cards)
a. void
Por la forma en que jugaba, me di cuenta de que tenía fallo a corazones.Because of the way he was playing, I realized he had a void in hearts.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (error)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. mistake
2. (sports)
a. miss
tener un falloto make a mistake
un fallo humanoa human error
un fallo técnicoa technical fault
3. (defecto)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. fault
tener muchos fallosto have lots of faults
4. (veredicto)
a. verdict
5. (en concurso)
a. decision
1 (mal funcionamiento) failure; (defecto) fault
debido a un fallo de los frenos because of brake failure
fallo cardíaco heart failure
fallo de diseño design fault
2 (error) mistake
ha sido un fallo decírselo it was a mistake telling him; ¡qué fallo! what a stupid mistake!
fallo humano human error
3 (Jur) [de un tribunal] judgment; ruling
el fallo fue a su favor the judgment o ruling was in her favour
disentimos del fallo de la sentencia el fallo del tribunal
han apelado contra el fallo del jurado they have appealed against the jury's verdict
fallo absolutorio verdict of not guilty
fallo condenatorio verdict of guilty
4 [de concurso, premio] decision
hoy se anunciará el fallo del jurado the jury's decision will be announced today
el fallo del premio lo anunciará el presidente de la academia
ya se conoce el fallo del concurso de poesía it is already known who has won the poetry prize
5 (Naipes) void
tengo fallo a picas I have a void in spades
estar fallo a have a void in
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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