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[poh-koh; Italian paw-kaw] /ˈpoʊ koʊ; Italian ˈpɔ kɔ/
adverb, Music.
somewhat; rather:
poco presto.
Origin of poco
1715-25; < Italian: little < Latin paucus few Unabridged
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  • Well, Hawaii was called the land of poco tempo, but Mexico was the land of maana.

  • Let us touch ever so lightly on her three children, poco, Confuoco, and Strepitoso.

  • La nia prometi con lgrimas lo que su madre peda, y sta, tranquila y resignada, expir a poco.

    A First Spanish Reader Erwin W. Roessler and Alfred Remy
  • But we no pay twenty dollars unless you get us to Cruces poco pronto, sabe?

    Gold Stewart White
  • The trio (poco piu mosso), the more original portion of the Mazurka, reappears in a slightly altered form in later mazurkas.

  • If we could only bar publicity to all the poco felice verses!

  • The boys had all gone hunting early that morning, and only the girls of poco Tiempo were on hand to escort the departing guests.

  • I was hurrying homewards to distant Inglaterra—so Juanito had explained—because my brother was poco bueno—not very well.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • That buffet supper was later pronounced the most successful meal ever prepared in poco Tiempo.

  • The first variation is poco piu lento, and at once demands great skill to execute its difficult running movements.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
British Dictionary definitions for poco


/ˈpəʊkəʊ; Italian ˈpɔːko/
adjective, adverb
(music) (in combination) a little; to a small degree: poco rit, un poco meno mosso
Word Origin
from Italian: little, from Latin paucus few, scanty
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Word Origin and History for poco

in musical directions, "a little, slightly," 1724, from Italian poco, from Latin paucus "few, little" (see paucity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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