An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (small in size)
a. pequeño
I have lived in a very small house for many years.He vivido en una casa muy pequeña por muchos años.
b. chico
He's eight, but he looks small for his age.Tiene ocho años, pero se ve chico para su edad.
c. chiquito (colloquial)
My feet are so small, it's hard for me to find shoes.Tengo los pies tan chiquitos que se me hace difícil encontrar zapatos.
2. (small in amount)
a. poco
It is a really small quantity for all of us.Realmente es muy poca cantidad para todos nosotros.
b. pequeño
We've had a small bump in sales.Hemos tenido un pequeño aumento en las ventas.
c. reducido
These amounts are so small; we've got to come up with a better business plan.Estas cantidades son muy reducidas; hay que pensar en un mejor plan de negocios.
3. (humble)
a. pequeño
It's just a small gesture to show my appreciation.Es solo un pequeño gesto para mostrar mi aprecio.
b. de poca importancia
It's a small contribution. - Yes, but it counts.Es una aportación de poca importancia. - Sí, pero cuenta.
4. (young)
a. pequeño
When we were small, my brother and I went to the beach every summer.Cuando éramos pequeños, mi hermano y yo íbamos a la playa todos los veranos.
5. (small in scale)
a. pequeño
We have a small family business.Tenemos una pequeña empresa familiar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (handwriting)
a. chiquito
You write so small; let me go get my glasses.Escribes bien chiquito; dejame ir por mis anteojos.
7. (scale)
a. a pequeña escala
You'll never be successful if you keep thinking so small.Nunca tendrás éxito si sigues pensando a pequeña escala.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (clothing size)
a. la talla chica
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have this shirt in a small?¿Tienes esta camisa en talla chica?
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (clothing)
a. la ropa interior
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can't go outside in your smalls.No puedes salir afuera en tu ropa interior.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
the small of the backla región lumbar, los riñones
2. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
smallsropa f interior
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (not large)
a. pequeño(a)
b. chico(a)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
to make something smallerempequeñecer algo
it made me feel smallhizo que me sintiera muy poca cosa or me avergonzara de mí mismo
to have a small appetitetener poco apetito
the small hoursla madrugada
4. (journalism)
small adsanuncios breves or por palabras
small armsarmas cortas
small businesspequeña empresa f
small businessmanpequeño empresario m
small letters(letras ) minúsculas fpl
the small printla letra pequeña
the small screenla pequeña pantalla
small talkcharla insustancial
5. (not important)
a. pequeño(a)
it's small wonder that…no es de extrañar que…
it's no small achievementes un logro nada despreciable
in a small waya pequeña escala
6. (colloquial)
potatoeses una nadería or
small changecambio m, suelto vuelto m
small frygente de poca monta
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (write)
a. con letra pequeña
to chop something up smallcortar algo en trozos pequeños
to think smallplantearse las cosas a pequeña escala
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small [smɔːl]
smaller (comparative)smallest (superlative)
1 (not big) [+object, building, room, animal, group] pequeño; chico; (LAm) (in height) bajo; pequeño; chaparro; (LAm) [+family, population] pequeño; poco numeroso; [+audience] reducido; poco numeroso; [+stock, supply] reducido; escaso; [+waist] estrecho; [+clothes] de talla pequeña; [+meal] ligero; [+coal] menudo
a small house a small book
the dress is too small for her el vestido le viene pequeño or chico; the smaller of the two el menor (de los dos); with a small "e" con "e" minúscula
to have a small appetite no ser de mucho comer; comer poco
be a small [eater]
to become or get or grow smaller [+income, difficulties, supply, population, amount] disminuir; reducirse; [+object] hacerse más pequeño
mobile phones are getting smaller los teléfonos móviles son cada vez más pequeños
to break/cut sth up small romper algo en trozos pequeños/cortar algo en trocitos
to get or grow smalleruntil the small hours hasta altas horas de la noche
to be small in size [+country] ser pequeño; [+animal, object] ser de pequeño tamaño; [+room] ser de dimensiones reducidas
in small letters en minúsculas
this house makes the other one look small esta casa hace que la otra se quede pequeña
to make o.s. small achicarse
to make sth smaller [+income, difficulties, supply, population, amount] reducir algo; [+object, garment] reducir algo de tamaño; hacer algo más pequeño
a small [number] of people the smallest possible number of books
the smallest room el excusado
to be small beer or small potatoes (US) ser poca cosa
it was small beer compared to the money he was getting before no era nada or era poca cosa comparado con lo que ganaba antes
the budget they have is very small beer indeed
2 (minor) [+problem, mistake, job, task] pequeño; de poca importancia; [+contribution] pequeño; [+difference, change, increase, improvement] pequeño; ligero
to start in a small way empezar desde abajo
small [jobs], such as mending electrical plugs.
3 (inconsequential)
to feel small sentirse insignificante
to make sb look small rebajar a algn
it made me feel pretty small
she said in a small voice dijo con un hilo de voz
"He knows us," she said in a small [voice]. "I'm sorry," he said in a small voice
4 (young) [+child, baby] pequeño; chico; especially (LAm)
when we were small cuando éramos pequeños or chicos
5 (slight, scant) poco
they paid small [attention] to his suggestion to have small [cause] or [reason] to do sth
to be small comfort or consolation (to sb) servir de poco consuelo (a algn)
to be of small concern (to sb) importar poco (a algn)
a matter of no small [consequence] they didn't make the smallest [effort] to be polite
to have small hope of success tener pocas esperanzas de éxito
a matter of small importance un asunto de poca importancia
with no small [surprise] They placed small importance on the intellectual emancipation of women His words were small comfort There is small comfort to parents that baby snatchers do not intend to harm their charge he said that he would be careful, but that was small comfort to her
the small of the back la región lumbar
2 smalls (Britain) (underwear) ropa (f) interior or íntima; especially (LAm)
don't think too small piensa más a lo grande
try not to write so small intenta no escribir con una letra tan pequeña
The shredder cuts the paper up very small, ready for recycling if you always think small you will always get small results
small ad (n) (Britain) anuncio (m) por palabras
small arms (n) armas (f) ligeras de bajo calibre
small business (n) pequeña empresa (f)
the small businessman (n) el pequeño empresario
small capitals (n) (Tip) (also small caps) versalitas (f)
small change (n) suelto (m); cambio (m); calderilla (f); sencillo (m); (LAm) feria (f) (informal); (Méx)
I need some small change to make a phone call.
small claims court (n) tribunal (m) de instancia que se ocupa de asuntos menores; (que se ocupa de asuntos menores)
small end (n) (Aut) pie (m) de biela
small fry (n)
to be small fry ser de poca monta
small intestine (n) intestino (m) delgado
small investor (n) pequeñoapequeña inversionista (m);a pequeña
small print (n) letra (f) menuda
small screen (n) pequeña pantalla (f); pantalla (f) chica; (LAm)
small talk (n) charla (f); charloteo (informal) (m)
to make small talk charlar; charlotear (informal)
Position of "pequeño"
Pequeño usually follows the noun when making implicit or explicit comparison with something bigger:
He picked out a small melon Escogió un melón pequeño
At that time, Madrid was a small city En aquella época Madrid era una ciudad pequeña
When used more subjectively with no attempt at comparison, pequeño usually precedes the noun:
But there's one small problem ... Pero existe un pequeño problema ...
She lives in the little village of La Granada Vive en el pequeño pueblo de La Granada
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