A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (act of stumbling)
a. stumble
El tropiezo hizo que perdiera el equilibrio y cayera al suelo.The stumble made me lose my balance and fall down.
b. trip
Por culpa del tropiezo derramé el café encima de mi nueva camisa blanca.The trip made me spill my coffee all over my new white shirt.
2. (mishap)
a. setback
Cuando tuve aquel tropiezo con mi jefe pensé que me despediría.When I had that setback with my boss I thought he would fire me.
b. hitch
Tras el primer tropiezo el resto del proyecto avanzó sin problemas.After the first hitch the rest of the project progressed without any issue.
3. (blunder)
a. mistake
La única forma de aprender es sufriendo tropiezos.The only way to learn is by making mistakes.
b. slip
El primer día en mi nuevo trabajo tuve varios tropiezos, pero es normal.I had several slips the first day at my new job, but that's normal.
4. (sexual indiscretion)
a. affair
Dicen que Juan ha tenido ya dos tropiezos en su matrimonio.They say that Juan has already had two affairs while married.
b. fling
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
María me perdonó el tropiezo que tuve con aquella chica.Maria forgave me for the fling I had with that girl.
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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. (con los pies)
a. trip, stumble
dar un tropiezoto trip up, to stumble
2. (contratiempo)
a. setback
tener un tropiezoto suffer a setback
realizamos la gira sin ningún tropiezowe finished the tour without a hitch
3. (equivocación)
a. slip-up, mistake
4. (desliz sexual)
a. indiscretion
los tropiezos de la vida que me han ayudado a crecerthe mistakes in life that have helped me to grow as a person
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1 (error) slip; blunder; (moral) moral lapse
2 (revés) (gen) setback; (en el amor) disappointment in love
3 (desgracia) misfortune; mishap
4 (disputa) argument; quarrel
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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