-ilho

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ilho m (feminine -ilha, plural -ilhos, feminine plural -ilhas)

  1. forms diminutives
    trocado (switched) + -ilhotrocadilho (pun; spoonerism)
    esparto (esparto, a plant used in fibre production) + -ilhoespartilho (corset)
    andar (to walk) + -ilhoandarilho (vagabond)

Usage notes[edit]

Usually used when coining words with a different (and often derogatory) meaning, rather than giving the idea of small to the suffixed word (the more common function of diminutive).

Often found in Spanish loanwords containing -illo.

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