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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (inactive)
a. idle (person)
Nunca conseguirás lo que quieres si sigues así de ocioso.You'll never get what you want if you go on being so idle.
b. of leisure (person or life)
Mi abuelo se ha convertido en un hombre ocioso.My grandfather has become a man of leisure.
2. (not being used)
a. unused
Con el dinero que se quedó ocioso vamos a comprar libros para los estudiantes.We're going to buy books for the students with the money that had been left unused.
b. idle (factory or land)
Estos campos llevan ociosos un buen tiempo.These fields have been lying idle for quite some time.
3. (not worthwhile)
a. pointless
Es ocioso pedirles que nos ayuden. No lo harán.It's pointless asking them to help us. They won't do it.
b. useless
Todo nuestro esfuerzo fue ocioso.All our efforts were useless.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Sería ocioso invitar a Julia, ya que ella no me quiere ni ver.There wouldn't be any point in inviting Julia, as she doesn't want to see me.
Es ocioso ir de compras si no tenemos dinero.There's no point in going shopping if we haven't any money.
4. (untrustworthy)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
a. dishonest
No confíes en Juan. Es muy ocioso.Don't trust Juan. He's very dishonest.
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).
5. (slacker)
a. idler
Tu hermano es muy trabajador pero tú eres una ociosa.Your brother is really hard-working, but you yourself are an idler.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (inactivo)
a. idle
2. (innecesario)
a. unnecessary
3. (inútil)
a. pointless
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1 [+persona] idle
prefiero que uses tú el coche a tenerlo aquí ocioso es un caballero rico y ocioso esos divertimentos ingeniados por alguna mente ociosa y que sirven para distraernos la vida una temporada
2 (inútil) [+acto] useless; pointless; [+promesa] idle; empty
dinero ocioso money lying idle; es ocioso especular there is no point in speculating
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