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From Vulgar Latin veclus, from Latin vetulus, diminutive of vetus.



viejo m (plural viejos, feminine vieja, feminine plural viejas)

  1. an old person
    Synonyms: anciano
  2. (slang) old man (one's father)
    • 2000, Eduardo Bakchellian, El error de ser argentino, Editorial Galerna (ISBN 9789505564095), page 75
      Mi viejo es un tipo que entra en cualquier sitio y modifica la atmósfera.
      My old man is a guy who can go into any place and change the atmosphere.
  3. (Mexico) a certain guy or man, especially adult or almost
    Me gusta el viejo de bigote.I like the guy with moustache.
    Los tacos más ricos son los del viejo de camisa negra.The most delicious tacos are those sold by the guy with black shirt.
    No quiero viejos groseros en mi fiesta.I do not want impolite, discourteous men in my party.
  4. (Mexico) sweetheart, honey (substitute for a male name)
    Ya regresé, viejo.I'm back, sweetheart.
  5. (Mexico) a male sexual companion or partner, occasional or stable, husband


viejo (feminine singular vieja, masculine plural viejos, feminine plural viejas)

  1. old (having existed for a long time)
    • 2012, Jorge Accame, Forastero, SUDAMERICANA (ISBN 9789500739108)
      Se levanta del sillón, busca en un estante un disco viejo, de pasta, y lo pone en el combinado. —Un poco de música —dice.
      He gets out of the chair, looks on the shelf for an old record, made of plastic, and he puts it in the radiogram. "A little music," he says.
    Synonyms: antiguo, añejo
    Antonyms: nuevo
  2. old (having lived for many years)
    Mi abuelo es viejo.My grandfather is old.
    • 2014, Victor Muñoz, La noche del 9 de febrero, Punto de Lectura (ISBN 9789929649002)
      También hay un profesor viejo que se ha vuelto sabio a raíz de vivir mucho tiempo y de escuchar y contar historias.
      There's also an old professor who has grown wise as a result of living a long time and listening to and telling stories.
    Synonyms: anciano, mayor
    Antonyms: joven
  3. (before the noun) old (former, previous)
    • 2016, Leo Babauta, El gran libro de los hábitos zen, Mestas Ediciones (ISBN 9788416669233)
      Si permaneces en tu antiguo entorno, tus viejos hábitos serán mucho más difíciles de cambiar.
      If you remain in your old surroundings, your old habits will be much more difficult to change.
    Synonyms: anterior, antiguo

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  • The comparative form of viejo is mayor.

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