Translation of thin in Spanish:

thin

Pronunciation: /θɪn/

adjective/adjetivo (-nn-)

  • 1 1.1 [layer/slice/wall/ice] delgado, fino 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
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    • 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) [person/body/arm] delgado, flaco; [waist] delgado, fino to get/grow thin adelgazar*
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    • 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) [soup/sauce] claro, poco espeso, chirle (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) ; [wine] de poco cuerpo 2.2 (not dense) [mist/rain] fino; [hair] ralo, fino y poco abundante; [hedge] 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/familiar] te estás quedando calvo or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) [colloquial/familiar] pelado
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    • 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) [crowd/audience] poco numeroso; [response/attendance] escaso
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3 3.1 (weak, poor) [voice] débil; [excuse/argument/disguise] pobre, poco convincente; [profits] magro, escaso the team has had a thin season no ha sido una temporada muy buena para el equipo 3.2 (harsh) to have a thin time of it [colloquial/familiar] vérselas negras [colloquial/familiar], pasarlas canutas or moradas (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • ‘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.

adverb/adverbio

  • to cut sth 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/verbo transitivo (-nn-)

  • [paint] diluir*, rebajar; [sauce] aclarar, hacer* menos espeso; [hair/plants] entresacar* their ranks were thinned perdieron hombres ( or partidarios etc), sus filas se vieron mermadas

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-nn-)

  • [paint] diluirse*; [audience/traffic] disminuir* 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

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (become slimmer) adelgazar* 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [sauce/soup] hacer* menos espeso, aclarar; [paint] diluir*

thin out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [traffic] disminuir*; [forest] hacerse* ralo or menos denso; [audience] mermar his hair was beginning to thin out estaba empezando a perder el pelo, su pelo estaba empezando a ralear 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [hair/plants] entresacar*

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