little ***** lit·tle

little ***** lit·tle
I ['lɪtl] adj
1) (small: gen) piccolo (-a)

a little chair — una seggiolina

a little cup — una tazzina

my little brother — il mio fratellino

a little girl — una bambina

little finger — mignolo

poor little thing! — poverino!

2) (short) breve

we went for a little ride/walk — siamo andati a fare un giretto/una passeggiatina

for a little while — per un po'

it's only a little way to the station — la stazione non è lontana

a little holiday — una breve vacanza

II ['lɪtl] less comp least superl
1. adj, pron
(not much) poco (-a), (some) un poco or un po' di

a little milk — un po' di latte

how much would you like? - just a little — quanto ne vuoi? - solo un po'

it's okay, we've still got a little time — va bene, abbiamo ancora un po' di tempo

little money — pochi soldi

with little difficulty — senza fatica or difficoltà

it makes little difference — fa poca differenza

we've got very little time — abbiamo molto poco tempo

little is known about his childhood — si sa poco della sua infanzia

to see/do little — non vedere/fare molto, vedere/fare molto poco

we did what little we could — abbiamo fatto quel poco che abbiamo potuto

little or nothing — poco o nulla

that has little to do with it! — questo c'entra ben poco!

as little as £5 — soltanto 5 sterline

to make little of sth — (fail to understand) capire poco di qc, (belittle) tenere qc in poco conto, dare poca importanza a qc

little by little — poco a poco

2. adv
1)

a little — un po'

a little too big — un po' troppo grande

a little longer — un po' più a lungo

we were a little surprised — eravamo un po' sorpresi

a little more milk — un po' più di latte

a little more — ancora un po'

2)

(not much) a little-known fact — un fatto poco noto

it's little better — non va molto meglio

it's changed very little — è cambiato molto poco

as little as possible — il meno possibile

little more than a month ago — appena più di un mese fa

I like it as little as you do — non mi piace più di quanto piaccia a te

little does he know that ... — quello di cui non si rende conto è che...


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