menso

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Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mens.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmenso/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -enso

Noun[edit]

menso (accusative singular menson, plural mensoj, accusative plural mensojn)

  1. mind

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Participle[edit]

mēnsō

  1. dative masculine singular of mēnsus
  2. dative neuter singular of mēnsus
  3. ablative masculine singular of mēnsus
  4. ablative neuter singular of mēnsus

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Arguably taken from Latin mensa (table); it is thought that medieval monks used the names of inanimate objects in disparaging reference to illiterate or non‐discerning people, partially out of a desire to not use an explicitly pejorative insult as would be forbidden by their canons.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmenso/, [ˈmẽnso]

Adjective[edit]

menso (feminine singular mensa, masculine plural mensos, feminine plural mensas)

  1. (offensive, Mexico, Central America) foolish, dull
    Synonyms: bobo, insensato, tarado, tonto
    Antonyms: aguzado, brillante, inteligente, listo
  2. (offensive, Mexico, Central America) distracted, absent-minded
    Synonyms: absorto, distraído
    Antonyms: aguzado, atento, concentrado
  3. (offensive, Mexico) ignorant
    Synonym: ignorante
    Antonyms: conocedor, inteligente, sabio
  4. (offensive, Mexico) inexpert
    Synonyms: inexperto, novato, principiante
    Antonyms: conocedor, experto, perito
  5. (offensive, Mexico) timid, shy
    Synonyms: chiveado, penoso, tímido
    Antonyms: aventado, decidido, valiente
  6. (offensive, Mexico) ingenuous, naive
    Synonyms: inexperto, ingenuo
    Antonyms: colmilludo, sagaz

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although in some contexts zonzo, bobo, tonto, menso, tarado, idiota, imbécil, estúpido and pendejo may be synonyms, in most contexts have a different degree, having zonzo the mildest connotation, increasing its intensity in that rough order, to estúpido and pendejo, which have the most offensive sense.

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