-ilho

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See also: ilho and ilhó

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish -illo, from Latin -ellus. Doublet of -elo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈi.ʎu/, [ˈi.ʎu]

Suffix[edit]

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

  1. forms names of things that share some characteristic with the suffixed word, often carrying a diminutive or belittling aspect
    caixa (box) + ‎-ilho → ‎caixilho (window frame)
    trocado (switched) + ‎-ilho → ‎trocadilho (pun)
    andar (to walk) + ‎-ilho → ‎andarilho (hobo)

Usage notes[edit]

Most often found in Spanish loanwords containing -illo rather than used productively.