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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪtl/

Translation of little in Spanish:


  • 1
    (comparative/comparativo littler /ˈlɪtlər; ˈlɪtlə(r)/ superlative/superlativo, littlest /ˈlɪtləst/)
    1.1 (small) pequeño, chico (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) I don't like little dogs no me gustan los perros pequeños or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chicos a lovely little dog un perrito precioso what's in the little box? ¿qué hay en la caja pequeña or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chica? what's in that little box? ¿qué hay en esa cajita? would you like some more? — just a little piece ¿quieres más? — bueno, un pedacito or un trocito a little old lady una viejecita sit down (for) a little while siéntate un ratito she is a little bit better está un poquito mejor or algo mejor 1.2 (young) pequeño, chico (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) when I was little cuando era pequeña or pequeñita or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chica or chiquita what's your little sister/brother called? ¿cómo se llama tu hermanita/hermanito? I didn't work while the children were little yo no trabajaba cuando los niños eran pequeños or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chicos
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (insignificant) pequeño then there's the little matter of the missing million dollars [ironic] está también el pequeño detalle del millón de dólares que falta [irónico] these multinationals couldn't care less about the little man para estas multinacionales el individuo no cuenta
    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?
    1.4 (expressing speaker's attitude) [colloquial/familiar] (before noun/delante del nombre) I know your little game! ¡ya te conozco el jueguito! [colloquial/familiar] you poor little thing! ¡pobrecito! I know a little man who can repair it for you sé de alguien que te lo puede arreglar I can't stand the little man al tipo ese no lo aguanto [colloquial/familiar] can I tempt you to a little something? ¿te puedo ofrecer alguna cosita?
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2
    (comparative/comparativo less superlative/superlativo, least)
    2.1 (not much) poco there is very little bread/milk left queda muy poco pan/muy poca leche from what little information we have por lo poco que sabemos a television uses less electricity than a toaster un televisor gasta menos electricidad que una tostadora in less time than it takes to boil an egg en menos que canta un gallo he had little talent and even less charm tenía poco talento y aún menos encanto I have no less reason than you to be angry tengo tantos motivos como tú para estar enfadado less and less money is being spent on housing cada vez se gasta menos dinero en vivienda we've had a bit/lot less snow than you aquí ha habido un poco menos de nieve/mucha menos nieve que allí he has (the) least talent of all es el que menos talento tiene 2.2a little (some) un poco de there's a little wine left queda un poco de vino I know a little Spanish sé un poco de español with not a little sadness in her voice [formal] con no poca tristeza en la voz

pronoun/pronombre (comparative/comparativo less superlative/superlativo, least)

  • 1.1 (not much) poco, there was little to do había poco que hacer there was little left to eat quedaba poca comida little of the original fresco remains queda poco del fresco original there is little to choose between them hay poca or no hay mucha diferencia entre ellos we see very little of him nowadays lo vemos muy poco últimamente the little that she earns lo poco que gana from as little as $2,000 a partir de tan solo 2.000 dólares little by little poco a poco he's saying less than he knows se está callando algo, no está diciendo todo lo que sabe I get paid less than you me pagan menos que a ti a yard is less than a meter una yarda es menos que un metro in less than a year en menos de un año we could see less and less veíamos cada vez menos the less you do today, the more you'll have to do tomorrow cuanto menos hagas hoy, más tendrás que hacer mañana Jean earns (the) least of all Jean es la que menos gana de todos thank you very much — it's the least I could do muchas gracias — es lo menos que podía hacer the (very) least you can do is apologize lo menos que puedes hacer es pedir perdón he was rather abrupt, to say the least estuvo un poco brusco, por no decir otra cosa that's the least of it eso es lo de menos 1.2a little (some) un poco, algo today she managed to eat a little hoy ha podido comer algo or un poco a little goes a long way un poco rinde or cunde mucho

adverb/adverbio (comparative/comparativo less superlative/superlativo, least)

  • 1.1 (not much) poco he goes out very little sale muy poco his music is little known in this country su música es poco conocida en este país it is a little known fact that … es un hecho poco conocido que … you should worry less about the future te tienes que preocupar menos por el futuro she's never been less than fair with me siempre ha sido justa conmigo the campaign has been somewhat less than a success la campaña no ha tenido mucho éxito que digamos I like her (the) least es la que menos me gusta just when we were least expecting it cuando menos lo esperábamos 1.2 (hardly, not) little did he know that she had already left lo que menos se imaginaba era que ella ya se había ido he's little better than a thief es poco menos que un ladrón my tiredness was less physical than mental el cansancio que sentía era más bien mental que físico no one likes him, least of all his brother nadie lo quiere, y su hermano, menos que nadie 1.3a little (somewhat) un poco this will hurt a little te va a doler un poco do you speak French? — a little ¿hablas francés? — algo or un poco I'm feeling a little tired estoy algo or un poco cansado it needs a little more salt necesita un poco más de sal a little less noise, please hagan menos ruido, por favor won't you stay a little? ¿no te quieres quedar un ratito?

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