tonto

adj.
1 silly, dull, empty-headed, foolish.
2 silly, footling, foolish.
3 useless, dumb.
4 stupefied.
m.
fool, blockhead, dunce, idiot.
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tonto
adjetivo
1 silly, stupid, US dumb
¡qué idea más tonta! what a stupid idea!
nombre masculino,nombre femenino
1 fool, idiot
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FRASEOLOGÍA
a tontas y a locas without rhyme or reason
hacer el tonto / hacer la tonta to act the fool
hacerse el tonto / hacerse la tonta to play dumb
ponerse tonto,-a familiar to get stroppy
tonto,-a de remate / tonto,-a de capirote familiar prize idiot
un,-a tonto,-a del bote familiar a right berk, a real twerp
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1. (f. - tonta)
noun
fool
2. (f. - tonta)
adj.
foolish, stupid
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tonto, -a
1. ADJ
1) [persona]
a) (=bobo) [dicho con afecto] silly; [dicho con enfado] stupid

venga, vente con nosotros, ¡no seas tonto! — come on, come with us, don't be silly!

¡qué tonto soy! — how silly o stupid of me!

fui tan tonto que me dejé engañar por ellos — I was silly enough to be taken in by them

¿tú te has creído que yo soy tonto?, ¿me tomas por tonto? — do you think I'm stupid?

b) [poco inteligente] stupid

¡y parecía tonto! — and we thought he was stupid!

a lo tonto —

¿para qué esforzarse a lo tonto? — why go to all that trouble for nothing?

y a lo tonto, a lo tonto, se le pasó la mitad del día — and before he knew it, half the day had slipped by

a tontas y a locas —

piénsalo bien, no quiero que actúes/hables a tontas y a locas — think carefully, don't just do/say the first thing that comes into your head

esos jóvenes sin seso que solo hablan a tontas y a locas — these silly youngsters who chatter away without even thinking what they're saying

c) (=insolente) silly

¡si te pones tonto no te vuelvo a traer al cine! — if you start being silly I won't take you to the cinema again!

d) (=torpe)

me quedé como tonto después del golpe — I felt dazed after the knock

hoy se me olvida todo, estoy como tonto — I keep forgetting things today, I'm out of it *

dejar a algn tonto — Esp to leave sb speechless

e) (=presumido) stuck-up *

pasaba muy tonto por delante de ella — he walked past her showing off

está muy tonto desde que es médico — he's such a show-off since he became a doctor *

f) (Med) imbecile
pelo 8)
2) [risa, frase, accidente] silly

¡qué fallo más tonto! — it was a really silly mistake!

fue una respuesta tonta — that was a stupid answer

me entró la risa tonta — I started giggling

me pilló en una hora tonta y le presté el dinero — I wasn't thinking at that moment and I lent him the money

caja 1)
2. SM / F
1) idiot

soy un tonto, ¡nunca debí haberla escuchado! — I'm such an idiot, I should never have listened to her!

allí estaba, riéndome como una tonta — there I was, laughing like an idiot

el tonto del pueblo — the village idiot

has hecho el tonto no siguiendo sus consejos — you were a fool not to take her advice

tonto útil — willing stooge

2) (Med) imbecile
3. SM
1) (Circo, Teat) clown, funny man
2) And, CAm (=palanca) jemmy
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I
-ta adjetivo
1)
a) [SER] <persona> (falto de inteligencia) stupid, dumb (colloq); (ingenuo) silly

no seas tonta! — don't be silly!

fui tan tonto como para decirle que sí — I was stupid o foolish enough to say yes

b) [ESTAR] (intratable) difficult, silly; (disgustado) upset

a tontas y a locas — without thinking

gasta el dinero a tontas y a locas — she spends money like there's no tomorrow (colloq)

dejar tonto a alguien — (Esp fam) to leave somebody speechless

hacer tonto a alguien — (Chi fam) to fool somebody

ser tonto del bote — to be a complete idiot

2) <excusa/error/historia> silly
II
-ta masculino, femenino (falto de inteligencia) idiot, dummy (colloq); (ingenuo) idiot, fool

hacer el tonto — (hacer payasadas) to play o act the fool; (actuar con necedad) to make a fool of oneself

hacerse el tonto — to act dumb

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= fool, witless, bonehead, goofy [goofier -comp., goofiest -sup.], imbecile, cretin, lemon, airheaded, duffer, drongo, schmuck, schmo, moke, twerp, dweeb, chump, birdbrained, birdbrain, dork, plonker.
Ex. A chapter each is devoted to the comic hero, comedian, humorist, rogue, trickster, clown, fool, underdog, and simpleton.
Ex. She refutes the idea of the women's magazine as a 'mouthpiece of masculine interest, of patriarchy and commercialism' that preyed on 'passive, dependent, and witless' women readers.
Ex. The article is entitled 'Field Research for Boneheads: From Naivete to Insight on the Green Tortoise'.
Ex. The article 'Book pricing: economics of a goofy business' examines briefly the economics of the book publishing process from the viewpoint of the book wholesaler.
Ex. The same evil is done in slaving, tormenting and killing, say, chimpanzees as is done in so injuring human imbeciles.
Ex. Cretin is a word derived from an 18th century Swiss-French word meaning Christian.
Ex. The court also heard the victim's brother accuse the defendant of physical abuse and of calling him a 'lemon and a retard'.
Ex. She's just an airheaded bimbo, with an endless capacity to push aside unpleasant realities in favor of her more satisfying interests: young men and jewels.
Ex. Plus, no matter what she did to stop people from picking on her she always ended up being called a duffer.
Ex. Now I know to you inteligent types this sounds a simple problem but to a drongo like me it is like quantum physics!!!.
Ex. Schmuck entered English as a borrowed word from Yiddish, where it is an obscene term literally meaning a foreskin or head of a penis, and an insult.
Ex. This team of schmoes is capable of anything.
Ex. States know better what their own citizens needs are than do the mokes in Washington.
Ex. He started life as a twerp, then fairly quickly became a jerk and ended up an old sourpuss.
Ex. For this reason, I will probably not vote in the London mayoral election at all and this doesn't make me a whinging negativist dweeb.
Ex. Americans are such chumps, because we refuse to see what is going on right in front of our eyes.
Ex. She has her own birdbrained way of thinking about things, but most of what she says is vaguely prophetic.
Ex. I am thinking humans can be such birdbrains when it comes to communication.
Ex. And then we get nongs like Joe here who just cant help himself from being a dork.
Ex. If she'd been my daughter in fact I'd never have let her go out with an obvious plonker like myself.
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* a tontas y a ciegas = headlong, runaway.
* a tontas y locas = like there's no tomorrow, without rhyme or reason.
* chica bonita y tonta = bimbo.
* chiste tonto para desternillarse = knee slapper.
* chiste tonto pero gracioso = knee slapper.
* como un tonto = stupidly, foolishly.
* guaperas tonto = himbo.
* hacer el tonto = fool around, horse around/about.
* hacerse el tonto = act + dumb.
* no tener un pelo de tonto = there are no flies (on/about) + Pronombre.
* risa tonta = giggle.
* risita tonta = giggle.
* rubia tonta = dumb blonde.
* típica rubia tonta = bimbo.
* típico guaperas tonto = himbo.
* tonto de capirote = blockhead, prize idiot.
* tonto del bote = as thick as a brick, as thick as two (short) planks, as daft as a brush, bonehead, birdbrain, knucklehead.
* tonto del bote, tonto de remate, tonto del culo, tonto perdido, chiflado per = knucklehead.
* tonto del cullo = arsehole [asshole, -USA].
* tonto del culo = mug, prick, as daft as a brush, prize idiot, knucklehead.
* tonto del pueblo, el = village fool, the.
* tonto de marca mayor = prize idiot.
* tonto de remate = as daft as a brush, as thick as two (short) planks, prize idiot, knucklehead.
* tonto genio = idiot savant.
* tonto perdido = as daft as a brush, as thick as two (short) planks, knucklehead.
* tontos /tarea de tontos = fool's errand.
* * *
I
-ta adjetivo
1)
a) [SER] <persona> (falto de inteligencia) stupid, dumb (colloq); (ingenuo) silly

no seas tonta! — don't be silly!

fui tan tonto como para decirle que sí — I was stupid o foolish enough to say yes

b) [ESTAR] (intratable) difficult, silly; (disgustado) upset

a tontas y a locas — without thinking

gasta el dinero a tontas y a locas — she spends money like there's no tomorrow (colloq)

dejar tonto a alguien — (Esp fam) to leave somebody speechless

hacer tonto a alguien — (Chi fam) to fool somebody

ser tonto del bote — to be a complete idiot

2) <excusa/error/historia> silly
II
-ta masculino, femenino (falto de inteligencia) idiot, dummy (colloq); (ingenuo) idiot, fool

hacer el tonto — (hacer payasadas) to play o act the fool; (actuar con necedad) to make a fool of oneself

hacerse el tonto — to act dumb

* * *
= fool, witless, bonehead, goofy [goofier -comp., goofiest -sup.], imbecile, cretin, lemon, airheaded, duffer, drongo, schmuck, schmo, moke, twerp, dweeb, chump, birdbrained, birdbrain, dork, plonker.

Ex: A chapter each is devoted to the comic hero, comedian, humorist, rogue, trickster, clown, fool, underdog, and simpleton.

Ex: She refutes the idea of the women's magazine as a 'mouthpiece of masculine interest, of patriarchy and commercialism' that preyed on 'passive, dependent, and witless' women readers.
Ex: The article is entitled 'Field Research for Boneheads: From Naivete to Insight on the Green Tortoise'.
Ex: The article 'Book pricing: economics of a goofy business' examines briefly the economics of the book publishing process from the viewpoint of the book wholesaler.
Ex: The same evil is done in slaving, tormenting and killing, say, chimpanzees as is done in so injuring human imbeciles.
Ex: Cretin is a word derived from an 18th century Swiss-French word meaning Christian.
Ex: The court also heard the victim's brother accuse the defendant of physical abuse and of calling him a 'lemon and a retard'.
Ex: She's just an airheaded bimbo, with an endless capacity to push aside unpleasant realities in favor of her more satisfying interests: young men and jewels.
Ex: Plus, no matter what she did to stop people from picking on her she always ended up being called a duffer.
Ex: Now I know to you inteligent types this sounds a simple problem but to a drongo like me it is like quantum physics!!!.
Ex: Schmuck entered English as a borrowed word from Yiddish, where it is an obscene term literally meaning a foreskin or head of a penis, and an insult.
Ex: This team of schmoes is capable of anything.
Ex: States know better what their own citizens needs are than do the mokes in Washington.
Ex: He started life as a twerp, then fairly quickly became a jerk and ended up an old sourpuss.
Ex: For this reason, I will probably not vote in the London mayoral election at all and this doesn't make me a whinging negativist dweeb.
Ex: Americans are such chumps, because we refuse to see what is going on right in front of our eyes.
Ex: She has her own birdbrained way of thinking about things, but most of what she says is vaguely prophetic.
Ex: I am thinking humans can be such birdbrains when it comes to communication.
Ex: And then we get nongs like Joe here who just cant help himself from being a dork.
Ex: If she'd been my daughter in fact I'd never have let her go out with an obvious plonker like myself.
* a tontas y a ciegas = headlong, runaway.
* a tontas y locas = like there's no tomorrow, without rhyme or reason.
* chica bonita y tonta = bimbo.
* chiste tonto para desternillarse = knee slapper.
* chiste tonto pero gracioso = knee slapper.
* como un tonto = stupidly, foolishly.
* guaperas tonto = himbo.
* hacer el tonto = fool around, horse around/about.
* hacerse el tonto = act + dumb.
* no tener un pelo de tonto = there are no flies (on/about) + Pronombre.
* risa tonta = giggle.
* risita tonta = giggle.
* rubia tonta = dumb blonde.
* típica rubia tonta = bimbo.
* típico guaperas tonto = himbo.
* tonto de capirote = blockhead, prize idiot.
* tonto del bote = as thick as a brick, as thick as two (short) planks, as daft as a brush, bonehead, birdbrain, knucklehead.
* tonto del bote, tonto de remate, tonto del culo, tonto perdido, chiflado per = knucklehead.
* tonto del cullo = arsehole [asshole, -USA].
* tonto del culo = mug, prick, as daft as a brush, prize idiot, knucklehead.
* tonto del pueblo, el = village fool, the.
* tonto de marca mayor = prize idiot.
* tonto de remate = as daft as a brush, as thick as two (short) planks, prize idiot, knucklehead.
* tonto genio = idiot savant.
* tonto perdido = as daft as a brush, as thick as two (short) planks, knucklehead.
* tontos /tarea de tontos = fool's errand.

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tonto1 -ta
adjective
A
1 [ SER] ‹persona› (falto de inteligencia) stupid, dumb (colloq) (ingenuo) silly
¡pero qué tonto eres! ¿de verdad te lo has creído? you idiot! did you really believe it?
mírala … y parecía tonta look at her, and we thought she was stupid!
no seas tonta, aprovecha ahora que puedes don't be silly! make the most of it while you can
y él fue tan tonto como para decirle que sí and he was stupid o dumb o foolish enough to say yes
2 [ ESTAR] (travieso) difficult, silly; (disgustado) upset
no me hagas caso, hoy estoy tonta don't take any notice of me, I'm in a funny mood today
se pone muy tonto siempre que hay visita he gets really silly o difficult when there are visitors
a lo tonto: a lo tonto, a lo tonto lleva ya ganados varios millones he's won several million just like that o without even trying
lo dijo a lo tonto y resulta que acertó it was a wild guess o he said it without thinking and it turned out to be right
hablas a lo tonto you're talking through your hat
a tontas y a locas without thinking
gasta el dinero a tontas y a locas she spends money like there's no tomorrow (colloq)
dejar tonto a algn (Esp fam); to leave sb speechless
hacer tonto a algn (Chi fam); to make a fool of sb, fool sb
ser más tonto que Abundio or que hecho de encargo or que una mata de habas (Esp fam); to be as dumb as they come (colloq), to be daft as a brush (BrE colloq)
ser tonto del bote or del culo (Esp fam); to be a complete idiot
B ‹excusa/error/historia› silly
fue una caída de lo más tonta pero ya ves, me rompí el tobillo it was such a silly o ridiculous fall but, as you see, I broke my ankle
tonto2 -ta
masculine, feminine
(falto de inteligencia) idiot, dummy (colloq); (ingenuo) idiot, fool
eres un tonto por haberte dejado engañar así you're an idiot o a fool to let yourself be taken in like that
hacer el tonto (hacer payasadas) to play o act the fool, to fool o clown around; (actuar con necedad) to make a fool of oneself
hacerse el tonto to act dumb
no te hagas la tonta, que sabes muy bien de lo que estoy hablando you know very well what I'm talking about so don't pretend you don't o so don't act dumb
le gusta/gustaba más que a un tonto una tiza or un lápiz or un palo (Esp fam); he is/was crazy o nuts about it (colloq)
ser como tonto para algo (Chi fam); to be crazy o nuts about sth (colloq)
Compuestos:
tonto de capirote
prize idiot, utter fool
tonto del pueblo
village idiot
tonto leso
(Chi fam) silly fool
tonto útil
idealistic puppet o stooge
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tonto
-ta adjetivo

1
a) [SER] (falto de inteligencia) stupid, dumb (colloq);

(ingenuo) silly
b) [ESTAR] (intratable) difficult, silly;

(disgustado) upset
2excusa/error/historiasilly
■ sustantivo masculino, femenino (falto de inteligencia) idiot, dummy (colloq);
(ingenuo) idiot, fool;
hacer el tonto (hacer payasadas) to play o act the fool;


(actuar con necedad) to make a fool of oneself;
hacerse el tonto to act dumb

tonto,-a
I adjetivo silly, familiar dumb: ¿cómo pude ser tan tonto?, how could I be so stupid?
fue lo bastante tonto como para decirle la verdad, he was foolish enough to tell him the truth
una observación tonta, a trivial remark
II sustantivo masculino y femenino fool, idiot, familiar dummy
hacer el tonto, to play the fool
hacerse el tonto, to play dumb
tonto de remate, prize idiot

'tonto' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
bobalicón
- bobalicona
- boluda
- boludo
- burrada
- capirote
- definitivamente
- fatua
- fatuo
- hacer
- hombre
- manteca
- pelo
- perdida
- perdido
- remate
- simple
- tarugo
- todavía
- tonta
- tratar
- asno
- baboso
- gana
- ganso
- huevón
- idiota
- imbécil
- lelo
- lerdo
- mongólico
- necio
- pavo
- pendejo
- salame
- soquete
- tontear
- tontería
- zanahoria
English:
act
- asinine
- clot
- clown around
- dim
- do
- dozy
- dumb
- fool
- goof
- help
- idiotic
- lark about
- lark around
- mess about
- mess around
- muck about
- muck around
- need
- play
- prize
- silly
- soft-headed
- such
- thing
- daft
- foolish
- kind
- know
- stupid
- that
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tonto, -a
adj
1. [persona] [estúpido] stupid;
[menos fuerte] silly;
pero ¿seré tonto? otra vez me he vuelto a confundir I must be stupid or something, I've gone and got it wrong again;
nos toman por tontos they think we're idiots;
¿estás tonto? ¿para qué me pegas? don't be stupid! what are you hitting me for?;
no seas tonto, no hay por qué preocuparse don't be silly, there's no need to worry;
Comp
ser tonto de capirote o [m5]remate to be Br daft as a brush o US crazy as a loon;
Comp
ser más tonto que Abundio to be as thick as two short planks
2. [retrasado mental] dim, backward
3.
ponerse tonto [pesado, insistente] to be difficult;
[arrogante] to get awkward, Br to get stroppy
4. [sin sentido] [risa] mindless;
[esfuerzo] pointless;
fue una caída tonta it was so silly, falling over like that;
Comp
a lo tonto: lo perdí a lo tonto I stupidly lost it;
me tropecé a lo tonto I tripped over like an idiot;
me he ido haciendo con una extensa colección de sellos a lo tonto I've built up a sizeable stamp collection without hardly realizing it
nm,f
idiot;
los listos y los tontos de la clase the bright ones and the dim ones in the class;
el tonto del pueblo the village idiot;
Comp
hacer el tonto [juguetear] to mess around;
[no actuar con inteligencia] to be stupid o foolish;
estoy haciendo el tonto intentando convencerle I'm wasting my time trying to convince him;
Comp
hacerse el tonto to act innocent;
Comp
a tontas y a locas without thinking
Comp
tonto útil useful idiot
* * *
tonto
I adj silly, foolish
II m, tonta f fool, idiot;
tonto del bote o
haba fam complete idiot;
tonto del pueblo village idiot;
hacer el tonto play the fool;
hacerse el tonto act dumb fam ;
a tontas y a locas in a slapdash way
* * *
tonto, -ta adj
1) : dumb, stupid
2) : silly
3)
a tontas y a locas : without thinking, haphazardly
tonto, -ta n
: fool, idiot
* * *
tonto1 adj silly [comp. sillier; superl. silliest] / stupid [comp. stupider; superl. stupidest]
¡qué fallo más tonto! what a stupid mistake!
tonto2 n fool / idiot
hacer el tonto to play the fool

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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