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What is the equivalent to "Grandecito" in English? At first it seems redundant because in English you cannot say, "big-small" or "small-big". I have heard, "its biggie". I also have heard, "biggish", but the latter seems to be tied to more of a "kind of big" but not "big".

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    This question would be better suited for the English SE as a single word request (along with a brief explanation that grandecito is the adjective for large with a diminutive suffix) Jun 25, 2015 at 3:22
  • You could say "kind of a big deal" (less jocularly: kinda big).
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 25, 2015 at 15:42
  • Is grandecito a real Spanish word? I cannot find it in any dictionary.
    – fdb
    Jun 29, 2015 at 10:37

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Somewhat similar is largeish:

reasonably large, quite large. - yourdictionary.com

or indeed, as you've mentioned, biggish:

somewhat big - merriam-webster.com

the -ish suffix has a softening effect.

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I'm not sure if I fully understand "Grandecito," or if there is a single word.

But there are two techniques which I think come close:

.1. With people, Hyperbole:

We say to a small boy "You're a great big boy now; you must ..." (be careful with glasses/ be nice to your sister/ watch where you put your feet/ etc)

.2. With objects it is more usual to use a child's word for big:

"That's a ginormous sandwich you've got there; can you eat all that?" "He gave her a ring with a humungous shiny stone." "He was running for dear life from a flipping great spider."

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You could try using whelming. The dictionary definition makes this less severe than overwhelming and, because overwhelm is more commonly used, most native speakers will understand this as big, but not so big.

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  • I would understand whelming to mean something like ‘engulfing’. I would imagine water flooding over something. If it were used where in Spanish grandecito would be used, I suspect I’d be most perplexed as to what the speaker was talking about. Jun 25, 2015 at 17:26
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Understood. I was trying to come up with a single-word synonym for "biggish" without any context to work with.
    – Paul Rowe
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:35

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