Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Saturday July 27, 2013

presumir, verb:
to show off

Presumir is a bit of a ‘false friend’, since it doesn’t generally mean ‘presume’ - in the sense of ‘suppose.’ However, if someone presume in Spanish, they are being a little bit presumptuous.

Lleva ropa cara sólo para presumir ante los amigos.
He wears expensive clothes just to show off in front of his friends.

The structure presumir de followed by a noun or adjective means to think you are the thing described by the noun or adjective:

Presume de generoso.
He likes to think he’s generous.

Presume de liberal.
He likes to think he’s a liberal.

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