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tío
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tío(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (relative)
a. uncle
Mi tío se vistió de Papá Noel para la fiesta navideña.My uncle dressed up as Santa Claus for the Christmas party.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(male)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. guy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Viste al tío pidiendo limosna con traje de Armani? ¡Qué locura!Did you see the guy begging in the Armani suit? Madness!
b. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Oye, Paco, hay un tío en la puerta que dice ser tu hermano.Hey, Paco, there's a dude at the door claiming to be your brother.
c. bloke
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Hay un tío en el mercado de pescado que vende un bacalao riquísimo.There's a bloke at the fish market who sells a delicious cod.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. pal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Oye, tío! No le hables así a mi esposa.Hey, pal! Don't talk to my wife like that.
b. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Oye, tío! Se te cayó la cartera.Hey, dude! You dropped your billfold.
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Mira, tío! Ya te pagué. O me das la mercancía o llamaré a la poli.Look, mate! I already paid you. Either you give me the merchandise, or I'll call the cops.
tíos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (masculine or mixed gender) (relatives)
a. aunts and uncles (mixed gender)
Todos los tíos de Ramona fueron a su fiesta de cumpleaños.All of Ramona's aunts and uncles went to her birthday party.
b. uncles and aunts (mixed gender)
A Adela la criaron sus abuelos y sus tíos porque se quedó huérfana a edad muy temprana.Adela was raised by her grandparents and her uncles and aunts because she was orphaned at an early age.
c. uncles (masculine)
¿Quiénes son Antonio y Marcos? - Son mis tíos por parte de madre.Who are Antonio and Marcos? - They're my uncles on my mom's side.
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tío
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (familiar)
a. uncle, aunt
tío abuelogreat uncle, great aunt
tío carnaluncle, aunt
2. (fig)
a.
el tío SamUncle Sam
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. guy
b. bloke (United Kingdom)
4. (mujer)
a. woman
tío buenohunk
tía buenagorgeous woman o
5. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. pal
b. mate (United Kingdom)
6. (mujer)
a.
¡tía, déjame en paz!leave me alone, will you?
¡tía, qué guapa estás!wow, you look fantastic!
7. (colloquial)
a.
no hay tu tía, no puedo abrir el cajónthis drawer just refuses to open
por más que se lo pido, no hay tu tíaI've asked him and asked him, but he's not having any of it
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tíoa tía
1 (pariente) uncle/aunt
mi tío Ignacio my uncle Ignacio; mis tíos (solo hombres) my uncles; (hombres y mujeres) my uncle(s) and aunt(s); el tío Sam Uncle Sam
¡no hay tu tía! nothing doing!
¡cuéntaselo a tu tía! pull the other one! (familiar)
tío/a abuelo/a great-uncle/great-aunt
tío/a carnal blood uncle/aunt
2 (hombre) guy (familiar); bloke (familiar); (mujer) woman; (chica) girl
¿quién es ese tío? who's that guy o bloke? (familiar)
ese tío de la gorra es un tío legal
los tíos guys (familiar); blokes (familiar); las tías women
las tías piensan así le gustan mucho las tías
¡qué tío! ¡no ha perdido un solo partido! the guy's incredible, he hasn't lost a single match! (familiar); ¡qué tío! ¡nunca me deja en paz! the guy's a real pain, he won't leave me alone! (familiar)
es un tío grande
es un tío con toda la barba
he's a great guy o bloke (familiar)
tío/a bueno/a hunk (familiar)/stunner (familiar)
es un tío bueno
¡tía buena! hello gorgeous! (familiar)
3 title given to older people in traditional rural communities
ha muerto el tío Francisco old Francisco has died
unos dulces para la tía Dulcinea
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