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little
also: compar. less superl. least
British English: /ˈlɪt(ə)l/
American English: /ˈlɪdl/
When little is used as a quantifier ( little time, little hope, little money, little chance), it is translated by poco/poca/pochi/poche: poco tempo, poca speranza, pochi soldi, poche possibilità. For examples and particular usages, see little 1 below. - When a little is used as a pronoun ( give me a little ), it is translated by un po' or un poco : dammene un po' / un poco . - When little is used alone as a pronoun ( there is little I can do ), it is very often translated non… un granché : non posso fare un granché . - For examples of these and other uses of little as a pronoun ( to do as little as possible etc.), see the entry below. - For uses of little and a little as adverbs, see the entry below. - Note that less and least are treated as separate entries in the dictionary.

Translation of little in Italian:

quantifier

  • little hope, chance
    poca speranza, scarse o poche possibilità
    there's little chance of winning
    ci sono poche possibilità di vittoria
    little damage was done
    ci sono stati pochi danni
    we've made little progress
    abbiamo fatto pochi progressi
    there's so little time too little money
    troppo pochi soldi
    there's little sense o point
    non ha molto senso
    he speaks little German
    parla poco il tedesco
    little or no influence, training
    pochissima influenza, pochissimo addestramento o praticamente nessuna influenza, nessun addestramento
    little or no time, money
    pochissimo tempo, denaro o poco o niente tempo, denaro
    with no little difficulty I have little time o sympathy for cheats
    gli imbroglioni mi sono poco simpatici
    I see little of Paul these days
    in questi giorni vedo Paul molto di rado

pronoun

  • taste a little
    assaggiane un po'
    save a little for me
    lasciamene un po'
    I only ate a little a little of the money
    un po' del denaro
    the little I saw wasn't very good I did what little I could he remembers very little little of what he says is true there's little I can do
    non posso fare un granché
    she did little to help
    ha fatto poco per aiutare
    I got little out of the lecture
    la conferenza mi è servita a poco
    age has little to do with it
    l'età c'entra poco con questo
    to do as little as possible to know little about mechanics
    saper(ne) poco di meccanica
    there's little to worry about
    non c'è molto di che preoccuparsi
    little of note it says little for his honesty
    non dice molto sulla sua onestà
    it says very little for her
    non depone molto a suo favore o non le fa molto onore
    little or nothing
    quasi nulla o praticamente niente
    every little helps
    (when donating money)
    anche una piccola offerta può aiutare
    (when saving)
    tutto fa (brodo)

adverb

  • 2 (hardly, scarcely) See examples:to be little changed
    essere poco cambiato
    the next results were little better
    i risultati successivi non erano molto migliori
    little more than an hour ago it's little short of madness
    rasenta la pazzia
    a little-known novel
  • 3 (not at all) See examples:little did she realize that the watch was stolen
    non si era per nulla accorta che l'orologio era stato rubato
    I little thought o supposed that he would do it
    non avrei mai creduto che l'avrebbe fatto
    little did they know that …
    erano ben lontani dall'immaginare che o non avevano la minima idea che …
    little do you know!
  • 4
    also: a little (bit)
    (slightly)
    un po'
    a little (bit) anxious, surprised
    un po' preoccupato, sorpreso
    a little less, more stay a little longer
    rimani ancora un po' o un po' di più
    I was not a little surprised, offended “I'm a genius,” he said, not a little proudly
    “sono un genio” disse non senza superbia
  • 5
    also: as little as
    for as little as 10 dollars a day
    per soli dieci dollari al giorno
    it can cost as little as £60
    costa solo 60 sterline
    I like Mary as little as you do
    non mi piace Mary più di quanto piaccia a te

adjective compar. less superl. least

When little is used with nouns to express such qualities as smallness, prettiness or disparagement, Italian may convey the same meaning by means of suffixes that alter the sense of the noun: a little house = una casetta a little old man = un vecchietto my little brother = il mio fratellino her little sister = la sua sorellina little girl = ragazzina a little hat = un cappellino a nasty little man = un perfido ometto a silly little woman = una stupida donnetta. - Please note that, although smaller and smallest are generally used instead of littler e littlest , the Italian translation does not change: più piccolo, il più piccolo.
  • 1 (small) a little house
    una piccola casa o una casetta
    a little something
    qualcosina o una cosina
    poor little thing a little old lady
    una vecchietta deliziosa
    he's a nice little thing
  • 2 (young) (brother, sister, boy, girl) when I was little
    da piccolo o quando ero piccolo
    the baboon and its little ones
    il babbuino e i suoi piccoli
    Mrs Carter and all the little Carters
    la signora Carter e tutti i suoi bambini
  • 4 (lacking influence) (farmer, businessman)
  • 5 (expressing scorn, contempt) See examples:he's a little despot
    è un piccolo despota
    a poky little flat
    un piccolo alloggio squallido o un tugurio
    a nasty little boy
    un ragazzino tremendo
  • 6 (short) (nap, snooze) a little holiday
    una breve vacanza
    a little break
    una breve pausa
    I'll walk with you a little way
    farò un pezzetto di strada con te
    stay a little while
    rimani un po'
    a little while longer
    ancora un po'

Idioms

little by little

poco a poco o poco per volta o gradualmente

to make little of

(disparage)
dare poca importanza a o non dare peso a
(achievement, victory)
(not understand)
non capire molto o capirci poco di
(speech, report)

the measures were too little too late

le contromisure furono insufficienti e intempestive

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