biro

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See also: Biro, bíró, birô, birō, and -biro

English[edit]

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, Britain, 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

Ido[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English beer, French bière, German Bier, Italian birra.

Noun[edit]

biro (plural biri)

  1. beer
    Un glaso di biro, danko.
    One glass of beer, thanks.

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Italian[edit]

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biro f (invariable)

  1. ballpoint pen, biro
    Synonyms: penna a sfera

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Ngazidja Comorian[edit]

Noun[edit]

biro

  1. office (building or room)

Northern Sami[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈpiro/

Noun[edit]

biro

  1. devil

Inflection[edit]

Even o-stem, no gradation
Nominative biro
Genitive biro
Singular Plural
Nominative biro birot
Accusative biro biruid
Genitive biro biruid
Illative birui biruide
Locative biros biruin
Comitative biruin biruiguin
Essive biron
Possessive forms
Singular Dual Plural
1st person biron birome biromet
2nd person birot birode birodet
3rd person biros biroska biroset

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Tagalog[edit]

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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.

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