How do you say THIN in Italian?

Thin in Italian

Magro

Magro is how you translate thin in Italian when you are talking about a slim person. It can also be translated as “slender, lean”.

OriginFrom the Latin word macrum, meaning “meager”
Pronunciation/ˈmagro/

Magro
Thin


Thin in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, magro needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

SingularPlural
MasculineMagroMagri
FeminineMagraMagre
very thin boy with hollow cheeks

Thin in Italian: Examples

I miei cani corrono per ore al giorno. Per questo sono così magri.
My dogs run for hours every day. That’s why they are so thin.

Tutti i miei parenti sono di costituzione magra.
All my relatives have a lean constitution.

Era una ragazza alta e magra con lunghi e morbidi capelli castani.
She was a tall, thin girl with long, soft brown hair.

Sei troppo magra. Dovresti mangiare di più.
You are too thin. You should eat more. (female)

drawing of a very thin little girl

Sottile

You can’t call someone sottile. This Italian adjective also translates as thin in English, but sottile is reserved for things and objects.

Sottile has only two forms because adjectives ending in -e in Italian are the same for both genders, but have to agree with the number (singular/plural) of the noun they describe.

SingularPlural
MasculineSottileSottili
FeminineSottileSottili

For example, you can say…

Questa modella ha una vita davvero sottile.
This model has a very thin waist.

Il ghiaccio è troppo sottile per poterci camminare sopra.
The ice is too thin to walk on.

Prenderai freddo con quei vestiti così sottili.
You’ll catch a cold in such thin clothes.

Taglia la carne a fette sottili.
Cut the meat into thin slices.

slices of meat in a transparent box

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