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

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

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poco or un poco (ˈpəʊkəʊ, Italian ˈpɔːko)
adj, —adv
(in combination) music a little; to a small degree: poco rit; un poco meno mosso
[from Italian: little, from Latin paucus few, scanty]
un poco or un poco
adj, —adv
[from Italian: little, from Latin paucus few, scanty]

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Word Origin & History

in musical directions, "a little, slightly," 1724, from It., from L. paucus (see paucity).
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But the once grande river is looking more poco these days, thanks to heavy use on both sides of the border.
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