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EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mens.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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

  1. mind

LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

ParticipleEdit

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

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmenso/, [ˈmẽnso]

AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

  • 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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