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un poco


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Principal Translations
un poco adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta"). (cantidad pequeña)a little, a bit of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (formal)scant adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (almost none)just a bit, just a little, almost no adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Queda poca leche en el frigorífico.
 There is a little (or: bit of) milk in the fridge.
 There is scant milk in the fridge.
poco advadverbio: Describe al verbo, al adjetivo o a otro adverbio ("corre rápidamente", "sucede ahora", "muy extraño"). (moderado)somewhat advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  moderately advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  fairly advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Hoy hace poco calor.
 
Additional Translations
poco adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta"). (escaso, limitado)  (plural)few, not many adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (with uncountable nouns)little, not much adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Hay pocas personas tan generosas como tú.
 There are few (or: not many) people as generous as you.
  There is little water left in the reservoir after such a long drought.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
poco advadverbio: Describe al verbo, al adjetivo o a otro adverbio ("corre rápidamente", "sucede ahora", "muy extraño"). (insuficiente)inadequately advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  insufficiently advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
   (mostly UK, formal)poorly advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  not [done [sth]] enough v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Los alumnos han trabajado poco y deberán terminar los deberes en casa.
toda precaución es poca exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (recomienda cuidado)you can't be too careful exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  better safe than sorry exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 No te sepa mal tomar medidas de seguridad, toda precaución es poca.
como hay pocos exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (mejor que la mayoría)like few others exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  like no other exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Es un profesional como hay pocos.
a poco que exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (con mínimo esfuerzo)simply by preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
  as long as, provided that conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
 A poco que lo intentes lo conseguirás.
que no es poco exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (que es considerable)which is no small thing, which is no mean feat, which is quite a feat exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Sacó un notable en el examen, que no es poco.
 He got an A on the test, which is no small thing.
de poco interés loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (que no atrae)of little interest adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Es una película de poco interés.
con poco respeto loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (sin educación)with little respect, disrespectfully advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Trata a su madre con poco respeto.
ser poca cosa loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (no tener importancia)be nothing, be nothing much, be nothing important v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  be insignificant, be unimportant v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (person)be a nobody v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Es muy poca cosa, no se atreverá a dar el paso.
ganar poco loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (tener sueldo escaso)earn little vtr + adv
  have a small salary, earn a low wage v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Trabaja mucho y gana poco.
tener en poco loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (no valorar)think little of, not think much of v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Es una gran mujer pero su marido la tiene en poco.
 She's a great woman, but her husband doesn't think much of her.
servir para poco loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (no ser útil)be useless v aux + adj
  not be of much use v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Ese abrigo sirve para poco con el frío que hace hoy.
 It's so cold today, this coat is useless.
 It's so cold today, this coat isn't of much use.
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Compound Forms:
¿te parece poco? exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (¿aún no es suficiente?)  (ironic)isn't that enough?, you don't think that's enough?, don't you think that's enough? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (mostly UK, ironic)isn't that plenty?, don't you think that's plenty? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
a poco de
a poco de hacer algo
loc preplocución preposicional: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como preposición ("a favor de", "en torno a").
(poco después de)soon after exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  not long after exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  shortly after exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 A poco de haber llegado a la casa, se fue a dormir.
 Soon after arriving home, she went to bed.
a poco no
a poco
exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho").
GT, MX (expresa confirmación)  (confirmation, agreement)isn't that right? Isn't that the truth? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (surprise, disagreement)what do you mean? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
Note: Se usa en frases interrogativas para confirmar lo dicho: ¿A poco le creíste? ¿A poco no te gusta?
 ¿A poco no te gusta?; ¡pero si está delicioso!
 What do you mean you don't like it? But it's delicious!
al poco tiempo loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (poco después)after a short while advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  soon after, shortly after advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
al poco tiempo de
al poco tiempo de hacer algo
loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa").
(poco después de)soon after, right after, just after advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Decidió dedicarse a la pintura al poco tiempo de conocer a Manet.
 He decided to start painting soon after (or: right after) meeting Manet.
andar un poco flaco de memoria loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (olvidar con frecuencia)be forgetful v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  have a bad memory v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Anda un poco flaco de memoria, nunca sabe dónde deja sus llaves.
 He is a little forgetful, he never knows where he left his keys.
aproximarse un poco más get a little closer v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
de a poco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (poco a poco)little by little exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (for countable nouns)one at a time, one by one exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Ve poniendo las naranjas de a poco. Si las pones todas a la vez, se rompe la balanza.
 Place the oranges little by little. If you put them all on at once, you'll break the scales.
de poco uso loc adjlocución adjetiva: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adjetivo ("de fácil manejo", "a contraluz", "de fiar"). (que casi no se usa)rarely used, hardly used exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  of little use exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
de todo un poco exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (pinceladas de todo)a little bit of everything exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
demasiado poco loc adjlocución adjetiva: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adjetivo ("de fácil manejo", "a contraluz", "de fiar"). (muy poco)  (for uncountable nouns)too little adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
   (for countable nouns)too few adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
dentro de poco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (pronto)in no time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
   (mostly UK)shortly advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  soon advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Dentro de poco será el cumpleaños de mi amiga.
 It will be my friend's birthday in no time.
desde hace poco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (recientemente)for a short time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  recently advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  of late advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
en poco más de loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (lapso: después de)in just over [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  in a little over [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  in little more than [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 En poco más de un mes recibirás la respuesta a tu solicitud de beca.
en poco menos de loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (lapso: antes de)in just under [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  in a little less than [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (colloquial)in just shy of [+ time period] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 En poco menos de dos semanas cumpliré 18 años.
en poco tiempo loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (en un rato)quickly advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
   (mostly UK)shortly advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  in no time at all exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  in a short period of time exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
faltar poco para algo   (event)be approaching [sth], be close to [sth] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
hace poco not long ago exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  a little while ago exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
hasta hace poco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (hasta recientemente)until recently exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
ir poco rarely go adv + vi
lo poco que conozco the little I know, the little I'm aware of exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
por poco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (casi)nearly, almost advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Resbalé y por poco me caigo.
 I slipped and I almost fell.
por si eso fuera poco if that were not enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  if that was not enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  and to make matters worse exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
por si fuera poco if it were not enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  if it was not enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  and to make matters worse exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
saber a poco loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (te quedas con ganas)be insufficient, not be enough, never be enough v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (event)over before you know it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  leave you wanting more v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Las vacaciones siempre saben a poco.
saber de todo un poco loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (conocer mucho superficialmente)know a bit about everything v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  be a jack of all trades v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (informal)spread yourself thin vtr refl + adj
si eso suena a poco exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (si parece poco)if that weren't enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  if that wasn't enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  to make matters worse exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Edipo se enamoró de su madre, y si eso suena a poco, también se casó con ella.
 Oedipus fell in love with his mother, and if that weren't enough, he married her.
tan poco tiempo very little time exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  so little time exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
tener poco mundo not to have travelled much exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  to not be well travelled exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
todo lo que te diga es poco exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (quedarse corto)I could never overstate it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  I couldn't tell you enough exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  it's impossible to exaggerate exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  everything I could say falls short exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Todo lo que te diga es poco, mi casa es peor que un manicomio.
 I could never overstate it, my house is worse than an insane asylum.
unos tanto y otros tan poco some have so much, while others have so little exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
y poco más and little more exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  just barely exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
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