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See also: tio, tió, tio-, -tio, and ti'o

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese tio, tyo, from Late Latin thius, from Ancient Greek θεῖος (theîos).

NounEdit

tío m (plural tíos, feminine tía, feminine plural tías)

  1. uncle
    O meu tío é o irmán da miña nai ou do meu pai.
    My uncle is my mother’s or father’s brother.
    Synonym: titío
  2. (colloquial) Unknown male person, dude, guy.
    E ese tío gritoume.
    And that guy yelled at me.
  3. mister (title conferred on an adult male)
    Synonym: señor

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin thius, from Ancient Greek θεῖος (theîos). Compare Italian zio, Portuguese tio, Sardinian tiu.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tío m (plural tíos, feminine tía, feminine plural tías)

  1. uncle (the brother of either parent)
    Mi tío es el hermano de mi madre o de mi padre.
    My uncle is my mother’s or father’s brother.
  2. (colloquial, Spain) unknown or any male person, dude, guy
    Y ese tío me gritó.
    And that guy yelled at me.
    Synonyms: tipo, gallo (Chile)
  3. (colloquial, Spain) friend, mate, pal, man, bro
    Tío, ¿me puedes ayudar por un momento?
    Can you help me for a moment, mate.
    Synonym: cuate (Mexico)
  4. mister (title conferred on an adult male)
    Synonym: señor

Usage notesEdit

The noun tío is like several other Spanish nouns with a human referent. The masculine forms are used when the referent is known to be male, a group of males, a group of mixed or unknown gender, or an individual of unknown or unspecified gender. The feminine forms are used if the referent is known to be female or a group of females.

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