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[poh-koh; Italian paw-kaw]
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adverb Music.
  1. somewhat; rather: poco presto.

Origin of poco

1715–25; < Italian: little < Latin paucus few
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un poco

adjective, adverb
  1. music (in combination) a little; to a small degreepoco 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).

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