biro

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English[edit]

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A biro.

Etymology[edit]

From the BIRO brand of pens made by the BIC corporation, which were named after László Bíró, the inventor of the pen.

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Noun[edit]

biro (plural biros)

  1. A BIRO brand ballpoint pen.
  2. (by extension, UK, Australia, New Zealand) Any ballpoint pen.
    • 2007, Karen Foxlee, The Anatomy of Wings, page 250,
      Massimo's finger was poised above red on his multi-coloured biro like a kangaroo frozen in headlights.
  3. (by extension) Ink from a ballpoint pen.
    • 2011, Shannon Lush, Jennifer Fleming, Completely Spotless, unnumbered page,
      ‘My very creative 2-year-old son used my good friend′s white polyester Roman blinds as a canvas,’ says Jacqui. They′re now covered in blue biro. And although my friend isn′t too bothered by the biro, I am! Can you help?′

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Esperanto[edit]

Noun[edit]

biro (accusative singular biron, plural biroj, accusative plural birojn)

  1. (directional) bearing

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

biro f (invariable)

  1. biro

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Tagalog[edit]

Noun[edit]

biro

  1. A joke.
    Naging biro na sa magkaibigan ang pinag-awayan nila dati. -- What the friends had argued about before has become a joke.

Inflection[edit]

  • biruan: joke between two or more parties about anything

Verb[edit]

biro

  1. To jest or make fun of in a friendly, pacifistic manner.
    Binibiro namin si Lawrence sa kakaibang paraan niya sa pakikitungo sa kapwa. -- We tease Lawrence of his queer way of dealing with people.

Inflection[edit]

Past
  • bumiro: joked about (something), joked to (someone)
  • nagbiro: joked to (someone), joked about something
  • biniro, biniruan: teased (someone), joked to (someone)
  • nagbiruan: joked with (someone)
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