Old Spanish

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Etymology

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Inherited from Late Latin sinextrum, from Latin sinistrum. Compare Old Galician-Portuguese sẽestro.

Pronunciation

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IPA(key): /siˈnjestɾo/

Adjective

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siniestro (feminine singular siniestra, masculine plural siniestros, feminine plural siniestras)

  1. left, left-hand (direction)
    • c. 1250, Alfonso X, Lapidario, f. 97v:
      […] Et q̃ deſcẽda ſobreſta piedra la uertud de om̃e q̃ tẽga en la mano dieſtra lança ⁊ en la ſinieſtra un af traſtornada.
      […] And may over this stone descend the virtue of the man with a spear in his right hand and an upturned bird on his left.

Antonyms

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Descendants

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  • Spanish: siniestro

Spanish

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Etymology

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Inherited from Old Spanish siniestro, from Late Latin sinextrum, from Latin sinistrum. Compare Portuguese sestro.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /siˈnjestɾo/ [siˈnjes.t̪ɾo]
  • Rhymes: -estɾo
  • Syllabification: si‧nies‧tro

Adjective

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siniestro (feminine siniestra, masculine plural siniestros, feminine plural siniestras)

  1. sinister
  2. unhappy
    Synonyms: infeliz, funesto
  3. malicious, evil
    Synonyms: avieso, malintencionado
  4. (dated) left, left-hand (direction)
    Synonym: izquierdo
    Antonyms: derecho, diestro
  5. (heraldry) sinister, sinistral

Derived terms

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Noun

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siniestro m (plural siniestros)

  1. accident
    Synonyms: accidente, desgracia
  2. catastrophe, disaster
    Synonyms: catástrofe, desastre
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