biro

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See also: bíró, Biró, and Bíró

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, 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]

Borrowing 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]

Noun[edit]

biro f ‎(invariable)

  1. ballpoint pen

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Ngazidja Comorian[edit]

Noun[edit]

biro

  1. office (building or room)

Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[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.

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