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See also: tio and tió



tío m (plural tíos)

  1. uncle
  2. dude, guy

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From Late Latin thius, from Ancient Greek θεῖος (theîos). Compare Italian zio, Portuguese tio, Sardinian tiu.



tío m (plural tíos, feminine tía)

  1. uncle; the brother or sibling of any of both parents.
    Mi tío es el hermano de mi madre o de mi padre.
    My uncle is my mother's or father's brother.
  2. (colloquial, Spain) Unknown male person, dude, guy.
    Y ese tío me gritó.
    And that guy yelled to me.
  3. (colloquial, Spain) Friend, mate, pal, old stick
    Tío. Me puedes ayudar un momento.
    Can you help me a moment, mate.

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The noun tío is like several other Spanish nouns with a human referent. The masculine forms are used when the referent is known to be male, a group of males, a group of mixed or unknown gender, or an individual of unknown or unspecified gender. The feminine forms are used if the referent is known to be female or a group of females.


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