Spanish word for Little

The Spanish word for the adjective “little” is “pequeño/pequeña”. When used as an adverb, it means “poco”.

How to pronounce “pequeño” in Spanish:

Sounds like – pay-kay’-nyo -or- pay-kay’- nyah
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Translation for little in Spanish

pequeño = little in Spanish

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Practice the Spanish translation for “little” using these sentences:

Example 1:
He is my little brother.

Él es mi hermano pequeño.

Example 2:
I want a glass of water with a little ice.

Quiero un vaso con agua y un poco de hielo.

Example 3:
When I was a little girl, I loved to go to the park.

Cuando era una niña pequeña, me encantaba ir al parque.

Example 4:
I want just a little more cake.

Quiero sólo un poco más de pastel.

Do you know any other Spanish words used for “little”?

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  • David Corcoran

    In Spanish, it's completely normal to refer to your friends (or family) as midgets & a fat man or a fat woman!

    So for example you could say….

    if your friend was little:

    por favor enano me puedes conseguir una cerveza también
    please midget can you get me a beer also

    if your friend was fat:

    hola gordo, mucho tiempo sin verte
    hello fat man, long time no see

    These are funny translations in English, but are only used among friends & are used with affection.

  • David Corcoran

    How about the word “diminuto” (which means tiny), can this word be used when referring to something little?

  • David Corcoran

    How about the word “diminuto” (which means tiny), can this word be used when referring to something little?

  • Cecilia

    In México, we also say “chiquito”.

    French Poodles are little dogs.
    Los French Poodles son perros chiquitos.

    Another way to say something is small is using “diminutivos”, adding the suffix -ito or -ita.

    Little house – Casita
    Little dog – Perrito

  • zoraidamartinez

    Mi apartamento es pequeño

    my apto. is little

  • zoraidamartinez

    Mi apartamento es pequeño

    my apto. is little

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