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Borrowed from Spanish pendejo.


pendejo (plural pendejos)

  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A stupid person.

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  • Typically only used by Spanish-speaking people.



Inherited from Vulgar Latin *pectinī̆culum, diminutive of Latin pecten (pubic hair, comb). The unexpected /nd/ may be due to the influence of pender (hang down, dangle). Compare Portuguese pentelho.


  • IPA(key): /penˈdexo/ [pẽn̪ˈd̪e.xo]
  • Rhymes: -exo
  • Syllabification: pen‧de‧jo


pendejo m (plural pendejos)

  1. pubic hair (a single hair growing in the pubic region)
    Hypernym: vello púbico


pendejo m (plural pendejos, feminine pendeja, feminine plural pendejas)

  1. (derogatory, vulgar, chiefly Latin America) arsehole, asshole, dirtbag, scumbag (a contemptible person)
  2. (derogatory, chiefly Latin America) dumbass (stupid person)
    Synonyms: idiota, (Spain) gilipollas, (Argentina, Dominican Republic) boludo
    Paco reprobó el examen. Es un pinche pendejo.
    Paco failed the test. He's a fucking dumbass.
  3. (chiefly Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) young boy
  4. (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) punk (an adolescent who presumes to be an adult)
  5. (Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico) coward
  6. (Peru, vulgar) perspicacious, perceptive, cunning, smart, clever, scoundrel
    Le lanzaron un huevo a María. ¡Puta, qué pendejos!
    They threw an egg at María. They're so clever!

Usage notes[edit]

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

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