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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Spanish pendejo.

NounEdit

pendejo (plural pendejos)

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

Usage notesEdit

  • Typically only used by Spanish-speaking people.

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a contracted form of Vulgar Latin *pectiniculus (dirty person, rascal), from Latin pecten (pubis). Compare Portuguese pentelho.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /penˈdexo/, [pẽn̪ˈd̪exo]

NounEdit

pendejo m (plural pendejos)

  1. A pubic hair

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NounEdit

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

  1. (derogatory, vulgar) arsehole, asshole, dirtbag, scumbag
  2. (derogatory) dumbass (stupid person).
  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. (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, US, Venezuela) dickhead (stupid person).
  7. (Bolivia, Peru) smart.

Usage notesEdit

  • Although in some contexts sonso, bobo, tonto, menso, tarado, idiota, imbécil, estúpido and pendejo may be synonyms, in most contexts they have a different degree of intensity, with sonso 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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