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Inherited from Latin tēnsus. Compare the borrowed doublet tenso.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtjeso/, [ˈt̪jeso]


tieso (feminine singular tiesa, masculine plural tiesos, feminine plural tiesas)

  1. stiff, rigid
    Synonyms: rígido, inflexible
  2. starched, formal
  3. strong-willed
  4. (colloquial) broke, skint (without money)
  5. (slang) erect, hard, stiff (having an erect penis; translates in some contexts to erection, boner, stiffy)
    Estoy tieso y quiero jugar contigo.
    I'm hard and I want to play with you.
    Lo tengo tieso.
    I've got a boner.
  6. (colloquial) dead
    Synonym: muerto

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