Translation of little in Spanish:
- 1also: comparative littler Pronunciation: /ˈlɪtlər/, /ˈlɪtlə(r)/ superlative littlest Pronunciation: / ˈlɪtləst /1.1 (small) I don't like little dogsa lovely little dogno me gustan los perros pequeños or (especially Latin America) chicoswhat's in the little box?un perrito preciosowhat's in that little box?¿qué hay en la caja pequeña or (especially Latin America) chica?would you like some more? — just a little piece¿qué hay en esa cajita?a little old lady¿quieres más? — bueno, un pedacito or un trocitosit down (for) a little whileuna viejecitashe is a little bit bettersiéntate un ratito1.2 (young) when I was littleestá un poquito mejor or algo mejorwhat's your little sister/brother called?cuando era pequeña or pequeñita or (especially Latin America) chica or chiquitaI didn't work while the children were little¿cómo se llama tu hermanita/hermanito?yo no trabajaba cuando los niños eran pequeños or (especially Latin America) chicosExample sentences1.3 (insignificant) then there's the little matter of the missing million dollars [ironic]
these multinationals couldn't care less about the little manestá también el pequeño detalle del millón de dólares que falta [irónico]para estas multinacionales el individuo no cuentaExample sentences1.4 (expressing speaker's attitude) [colloquial] (before noun) I know your little game!
- He had played a big role in my life since I was little so he would always be a part of my life.
- It's funny that my favorite thing when I was little is no longer my favorite thing at all.
- Finding someone close to the perfect person is never as easy as you are led to believe when you're little.
you poor little thing!¡ya te conozco el jueguito! [colloquial]I know a little man who can repair it for you¡pobrecito!I can't stand the little mansé de alguien que te lo puede arreglarcan I tempt you to a little something?al tipo ese no lo aguanto [colloquial]¿te puedo ofrecer alguna cosita?Example sentences
- But it will be nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the show without having to worry about every little detail.
- It looked like a normal house, but there were just so many little incidental details.
- Was it the big plot points that you wanted to reflect in your life or the mundane little details that you were going for?
- There's always a little old man sat behind the counter, and no one ever seems to be in there.
- While a little black spot on the sun may seem like a simple act, the transit of Venus is not.
- All he needed to do now was to point his telescope at the sun all day and look for a little black spot.
- 2also: comparative less superlative least2.1 (not much) there is very little bread/milk leftfrom what little information we havequeda muy poco pan/muy poca lechea television uses less electricity than a toasterpor lo poco que sabemosin less time than it takes to boil an eggun televisor gasta menos electricidad que una tostadorahe had little talent and even less charmen menos que canta un galloI have no less reason than you to be angrytenía poco talento y aún menos encantoless and less money is being spent on housingtengo tantos motivos como tú para estar enfadadowe've had a bit/lot less snow than youcada vez se gasta menos dinero en viviendahe has (the) least talent of allaquí ha habido un poco menos de nieve/mucha menos nieve que allí2.2a little (some) there's a little wine leftes el que menos talento tieneI know a little Spanishqueda un poco de vinowith not a little sadness in her voice [formal]sé un poco de españolcon no poca tristeza en la voz
pronoun comparative less superlative least
- 1.1 (not much)there was little to dopoco, (-ca)there was little left to eathabía poco que hacerlittle of the original fresco remainsquedaba poca comidathere is little to choose between themqueda poco del fresco originalwe see very little of him nowadayshay poca or no hay mucha diferencia entre ellosthe little that she earnslo vemos muy poco últimamentefrom as little as $2,000lo poco que ganalittle by littlea partir de tan solo 2.000 dólareshe's saying less than he knowspoco a pocoI get paid less than youse está callando algono está diciendo todo lo que sabea yard is less than a meterme pagan menos que a tiin less than a yearuna yarda es menos que un metrowe could see less and lessen menos de un añothe less you do today, the more you'll have to do tomorrowveíamos cada vez menosJean earns (the) least of allcuanto menos hagas hoy, más tendrás que hacer mañanathank you very much — it's the least I could doJean es la que menos gana de todosthe (very) least you can do is apologizemuchas gracias — es lo menos que podía hacerhe was rather abrupt, to say the leastlo menos que puedes hacer es pedir perdónthat's the least of itestuvo un poco brusco, por no decir otra cosa1.2a little (some) today she managed to eat a littleeso es lo de menosa little goes a long wayhoy ha podido comer algo or un pocoun poco rinde or cunde muchoExample sentences
- Sprinkle with a little of the leftover spring onions and serve immediately with extra cheese.
- Most of the stuff out there just doesn't pack the same punch that the old tunes do and we want to bring back a little of the old touch.
- Tourists and locals alike last night flocked to the pub to see if they could capture a little of the magic.
- However, the use of a variety of instruments does little to emphasize the indivisibility of rights.
- There is little doubt that these cases in particular have led to the numerous threats to her life.
- But he had little doubt about that side of the midfielder's game when he signed him in the summer.
adverb comparative less superlative least
- 1.1 (not much) he goes out very littlehis music is little known in this countrysale muy pocoit is a little known fact that …su música es poco conocida en este paísyou should worry less about the futurees un hecho poco conocido que …she's never been less than fair with mete tienes que preocupar menos por el futurothe campaign has been somewhat less than a successsiempre ha sido justa conmigoI like her (the) leastla campaña no ha tenido mucho éxito que digamosjust when we were least expecting ites la que menos me gusta1.2 (hardly, not) See examples: little did he know that she had already leftcuando menos lo esperábamoshe's little better than a thieflo que menos se imaginaba era que ella ya se había idomy tiredness was less physical than mentales poco menos que un ladrónno one likes him, least of all his brotherel cansancio que sentía era más bien mental que físiconadie lo quiere, y su hermano, menos que nadieExample sentences1.3a little (somewhat) this will hurt a little
do you speak French? — a littlete va a doler un pocoI'm feeling a little tired¿hablas francés? — algo or un pocoit needs a little more saltestoy algo or un poco cansadoa little less noise, pleasenecesita un poco más de salwon't you stay a little?hagan menos ruido, por favor¿no te quieres quedar un ratito?Example sentences
- Yet this role is little noticed in the US and often incomprehensible to America's allies.
- Oh wait that's little different to being ruled by a mobster, and brutally murdered and repressed.
- They pointed out how little human nature has changed over the last thousand years.
- One Moroccan girl said that she was a little afraid, since the murderer was a Moroccan.
- I must admit, I was still a little afraid of this world that was still new and foreign to me.
- I am a little afraid to ask what it is, but I do know I will not be eating much of this.
- Whatever happened in the past, the biblical message is little known in those lands today.
- You need to get into the habit of drinking water little and often - before, during and after training.
- Here, too, he enjoyed little financial success but the publication went on to greater things.
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