viejo
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Usage note
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the first sense of the plural noun.
viejo(
byeh
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hoh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (elderly)
a. old
Era viejo, pero probablemente no tan viejo como aparentaba.He was old, but probably not as old as he looked.
2. (not new)
a. old
¿Debería quedarme con mi coche viejo o comprarme uno nuevo?Should I keep my old car or buy a new one?
3. (worn out)
a. old
Llevo una camisa muy vieja llena de agujeros.I'm wearing a very old shirt full of holes.
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).
4. (old person)
a. old man (masculine)
Es un viejo, pero también un pescador experimentado.He is an old man as well as an experienced fisherman.
b. old woman (feminine)
Hay una vieja en una mecedora.There is an old woman in a rocking chair.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(friend)
a. pal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Qué hay de nuevo, viejo?What's up, pal?
b. buddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Qué haces por aquí, viejo?What are you doing around here, buddy?
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Hola, viejo! ¡Mucho tiempo sin verte!Hello, mate! It's been a while!
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mother or father)
a. dad
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(masculine)
Mi viejo no me para de fastidiar.My dad won't stop nagging me.
b. mom
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(feminine)
Vivo con mi vieja y mi hermana en Inglaterra.I live with my mom and my sister in England.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(spouse)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. old man
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(masculine)
Mi viejo trabaja doce horas, así que no llega a casa hasta pasadas las siete.My old man works twelve-hour day shifts so he doesn't get home until after seven.
b. old lady
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(feminine)
Mi vieja y yo estamos buscando un sitio mejor para vivir.My old lady and I are trying to find a better place to live.
viejos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (senior citizens)
a. old people
Los cambios que quiere implementar el gobierno beneficiarán a los viejos.The changes the government wants to bring in will benefit old people.
b. the elderly
Nuestra sociedad debería respetar más a los viejos.Our society should have more respect for the elderly.
9. (mother and father)
a. parents
A mis viejos no les interesa tener un teléfono inteligente.My parents aren't interested in having a smartphone.
b. folks
Sus viejos no piensan ir a la boda porque les queda muy lejos.Her folks aren't planning to go to the wedding because it's too far for them.
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viejo
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (persona, aparato)
a. old
está muy viejo para su edadhe looks very old for his age
hacerse viejoto get o grow old
esa ropa te hace más viejothose clothes make you look older
2. (antiguo)
a. old
un viejo conocidoan old acquaintance
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (anciano)
a. old man, old lady
los viejosthe elderly
los viejos del pueblothe old people in the village
llegar a viejoto live to be an old man
viejo verdedirty old man
4. (colloquial)
a. old man, old girl
mis viejosmy folks
5. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. pal
b. mate (United Kingdom)
c. buddy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Viejo, -a de PascuaFather Christmas
6. (colloquial)
a. woman
b. bird (United Kingdom)
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viejoa vieja
adjective
1 (de mucha edad) old
hacerse o ponerse viejo to grow old; get old; de viejo me gustaría vivir junto al mar when I'm old, I'd like to live by the sea
viejo como el mundo as old as the hills
más viejo que el cagar bloody ancient (muy_familiar)
2 (envejecido) old
está muy viejo para la edad que tiene he looks very old for his age
3 (usado) old
tiraré todos los zapatos viejos I'll throw all my old shoes away; ropa vieja old clothes
plural
; (p)
(de segunda mano) secondhand clothes
plural
; (p)
librería de viejo secondhand bookshop; zapatero de viejo cobbler
se cae de viejo it's falling to bits o pieces
4 (antiguo) old
un viejo amigo an old friend; viejas costumbres old customs; mi padre es de la vieja escuela my father is of the old school
5
Plinio el Viejo Pliny the Elder
1 (persona mayor) old man/old woman
los viejos the elderly; old people; el Viejo de Pascua (Latinoamérica) Father Christmas
2 (Latinoamérica)
mi viejo (padre, esposo) my old man (familiar); mi vieja (madre, esposa) my old woman (familiar); mis viejos especialmente (Latinoamérica) (padres) my parents; my folks (familiar)
3 (Latinoamérica) (en oración directa) (querido) darling
4 (Latinoamérica) (chica)
las viejas the chicks (familiar); the birds (familiar)
5 (como excl) (tío, colega) mate (familiar); pal (familiar); buddy (familiar); (EEUU)
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