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American English: /θɪn/
British English: /θɪn/

Translation of thin in Spanish:

adjective comparative thinner superlative thinnest

  • 1 1.1
    the sweater had worn very thin at the elbows
    el suéter tenía los codos muy (des)gastados
    my patience was wearing thin
    se me estaba acabando la paciencia
    Example sentences
    • The stations were separated by thin partitions and the side walls were painted drywall.
    • He shook his head and pressed his lips together in a thin line.
    • Once you have bunched four or five sprigs together, wind thin wire around the cluster, leaving a one-inch spike at the bottom.
    1.2 (not fat)
    to get/grow thin
    Example sentences
    • So what motivated her to drop from a healthy 130 pounds to being so thin that today she wears a pair of flannel pants under her size one jeans just to hold them up?
    • Rakishly thin, he wore tattered cords that rode half way up his skeleton legs.
    • I see a thin, bearded guy wearing a thick turtleneck sweater, spooning coffee into a mug in his small flat, scowling at the newspaper.
  • 2 2.1 (in consistency)
    poco espeso
    chirle (Río de la Plata)
    de poco cuerpo
    Example sentences
    • If there is only a slight excess of sugar over the normal saturation level, the supercooled liquid is a thin syrup.
    • In a dark corner, two fighters are dozing while a thin potato and lamb soup simmers on the stove.
    • Yet, there really was nothing unusual about the soup, merely a thin beef broth with onions.
    2.2 (not dense)
    fino y poco abundante
    poco tupido
    at the top the air is thin
    en la cima el aire está enrarecido
    you're getting a bit thin on top [colloquial]
    te estás quedando pelado (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Their fur was thickest in patches on the head and groin, elsewhere it was thin and limited.
    • The forest started to looked thinner, and he thought he'd found something.
    • Others argue that allied troops are too thin on the ground to make any difference.
    Example sentences
    • Such journeying to cold, high places where the air is thin requires lengthy preparation for the most severe conditions conceivable.
    • The route itself can be slick and frozen over, and exhausted runners may be prone to hypothermia in the thin, cold air.
    • You are about 27,000 feet up in the Earth's atmosphere, the air is thin, you are using an oxygen tank.
    2.3 (small)
    poco numeroso
    Example sentences
    • The supplements on Disc Two are surprisingly thin and lacking in substance.
    • It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.
    • If formal sources of law, and the law they produce, have become too thin and weak for the tasks they should accomplish, supportive normativity may be found in tradition.
  • 3 3.1 (weak, poor)
    poco convincente
    the team has had a thin season
    no ha sido una temporada muy buena para el equipo
    Example sentences
    • Behind that sound, hidden in it, was the thin, faint sound of a woman's distant scream, coming from inside the building.
    • While dialog is always audible, the sound is thin and harsh, especially during the music.
    • Technically the picture is often subpar, and the sound is rather thin and tinny.
    Example sentences
    • ‘It was quite a nasty fall,’ he explained, a thin smile forming on his lips in recognition of the understatement.
    • Anthony and I stared at him and smiled thin smiles, desperate not to catch each other's eye.
    • Emerging from the sitting room into the hall, her smile is thin and set and she disappears immediately.
    3.2 (harsh) to have a thin time of it [colloquial]
    vérselas negras [colloquial]
    pasarlas canutas or moradas (Spain) [colloquial]


  • to cut something thin
    cortar algo en rebanadas ( or capas etc. ) delgadas
    spread the jam thin
    extienda or ponga una capa fina de mermelada
    ponga poca mermelada

transitive verb present participle thinning past tense, past participle thinned

  • (paint)
    hacer menos espeso
    their ranks were thinned
    perdieron hombres ( or partidarios etc. )
    sus filas se vieron mermadas
    Example sentences
    • But when it comes to the lost causes, the inevitable setbacks, the small defeats, the crowds thin out quickly.
    • We'll open up at 9am and stay open until 3pm or whenever the crowds thin out.
    • The crowd began to thin out but not so that the bar was entirely empty.
    Example sentences
    • Rows were thinned to provide an even plant spacing and each plant marked with a numbered stake.
    • The rule specifically gives the U.S. Forest Service the power to build a road, fight a fire or thin an area to reduce fire risk.
    • It is hoped that by thinning the area around the veteran oaks, it will encourage the public to enjoy the view of the trees.
    Example sentences
    • Oil paint can be thinned to a watery consistency or brushed on with thick luscious strokes.
    • Heat through, adding water to thin to desired consistency.
    • A side effect common to all anticoagulants is the risk of excessive bleeding, due to the blood being thinned.

intransitive verb present participle thinning past tense, past participle thinned

  • (paint)
    the fog was beginning to thin (out)
    la niebla empezaba a irse or a disiparse
    his hair is thinning
    está perdiendo pelo

Phrasal verbs

thin down

1verb + adverb (become slimmer) 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
hacer menos espeso

thin out

1verb + adverb
hacerse ralo or menos denso
his hair was beginning to thin out
estaba empezando a perder el pelo
su pelo estaba empezando a ralear
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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