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

Translation of thin in Spanish:

adjective -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
    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)
    (person/body/arm)
    delgado
    flaco
    (waist)
    delgado
    fino
    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)
    (soup/sauce)
    claro
    poco espeso
    chirle (River Plate area)
    (wine)
    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)
    (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]
    te estás quedando calvo or (Southern Cone) [colloquial] pelado
    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)
    (crowd/audience)
    poco numeroso
    (response/attendance)
    escaso
    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)
    (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
    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]

adverb

  • 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 -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
    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 -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

1verb + adverb (become slimmer) 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(sauce/soup)
hacer menos espeso
aclarar
(paint)
diluir

thin out

1verb + adverb
(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
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(hair/plants)
entresacar

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