Translation of small in Spanish:

small

Pronunciation: /smɔːl/

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 (in size) pequeño, chico (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) a small doll una muñeca pequeña or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chica, una muñequita cut it up small córtalo en trocitos (pequeños) he's got very small feet indeed tiene los pies pequeñísimos or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) muy chiquitos she's got a small waist tiene una cintura muy estrecha she's small for her age es muy chiquita or (Spain/España) está muy pequeña para su edad small letters letras (feminine plural) minúsculas he's a conservative with a small 'c' es de ideas conservadoras en el sentido amplio de la palabra small capitals [Printing/Imprenta] versalitas (feminine plural) the smallest room [euphemistic/eufemístico] el excusado [euphemistic/eufemístico] the small screen la pequeña pantalla, la pantalla chica (Latin America/América Latina) to be small beer o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) small potatoes for him $2,000 is small potatoes para él 2.000 dólares no son nada or son poca cosa we're small beer in the eyes of the bosses para los jefes somos poca cosa or no somos nadie
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    • Its high performance in a small case size also means that the costs can be reduced by using fewer or smaller capacitors.
    • The precision of variance components is reduced when sample size is small.
    • Staff revealed that four ovens were situated on the ground floor, two electric and two gas, each the same size as a small car.
    1.2 (in number, amount, value) [family] pequeño, chico (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) ; [sum/price] módico, reducido a small quantity una pequeña cantidad he's a small eater come poco, no es de mucho comer that is due in no small measure to his generous support eso se debe en gran medida a su generoso apoyo that was no small achievement/success ese fue un logro/éxito considerable
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    • Both areas were receiving small amounts of money over the years but little progress was being made.
    • Prior to the euro, some countries used notes for quite small amounts of money.
    • It is making me ridiculously happy, so it must have been worth the small amount of money I spent.
    1.3 (not much) they have small chance/hope of succeeding tienen pocas probabilidades/esperanzas de lograrlo I hear you've passed — yes, small thanks to you veo que has aprobado — no será gracias a ti small wonder! no es de extrañar, no me extraña
  • 2 (in scale) pequeño the small investor/businessman el pequeño inversionista/empresario
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    • The study showed that small business owners and managers felt they came up with seven good ideas a month.
    • It is appealing for other small business owners to pay for booklets for their local school.
    • He said the experience gave him a new appreciation for small business owners.
  • 3 3.1 (unimportant, trivial) [mistake/problem] pequeño, de poca importancia there are still a few small points to be cleared up todavía quedan algunos puntos de poca importancia por aclarar 3.2 (humble, modest) they started in a small way empezaron de forma muy modesta I'd like to help in some small way me gustaría ayudar de alguna manera start exercising in a small way empiece a hacer ejercicio poco a poco to feel small sentirse* insignificante or [colloquial/familiar] poca cosa I won't do it again, he said in a small voice —no lo volveré a hacer— dijo en un hilo de voz
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    • The flowers seem small and insignificant during the day but at twilight they glow in the fading light and look beautiful.
    • He was small and insignificant but had a firearm trained on my navel.
    • The peaks of Glen Shiel loomed over and made me feel deliciously small and insignificant.

adverb/adverbio (-er, -est)

  • (of size) she writes so small escribe tan pequeñito or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) chiquito, tiene la letra tan menuda the virtue of thinking small la ventaja de no pensar a lo grande start small empieza por poco or por cosas pequeñas

noun/nombre

  • 1the small of the back[ región baja de la espalda, que corresponde al segmento dorsal de la columna vertebral ]
  • 2
    (smalls plural)
    (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], [dated/anticuado], ropa (feminine) interior, paños (masculine plural) menores [humorous/humorístico]

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