Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday November 6, 2013

tontería, noun:
silliness; nonsense, garbage

Tontería is the noun derived from the adjective tonto, which means ‘silly’ or ‘dumb’. Tontería is often used when you consider a thing, situation or action silly.

La película es una tontería.
It’s a very silly film.

No le creía capaz de hacer una tontería tan grande.
I didn’t think he could do anything so dumb.

When it refers to what people say, the translation of tontería is nonsense or garbage, and it’s often used in the plural.

¡Eso son tonterías!
That’s garbage!

¡No digas tonterías!
Don’t talk nonsense!

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