-inho

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese -ỹo, from Latin -īnus (of or pertaining to).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-inho m (feminine -inha, plural -inhos, feminine plural -inhas)

  1. forms the diminutive of nouns
    1. indicates smallness, shortness, youth, fewness, etc.
      casa (house) + -inhacasinha (small house)
      criança (child) + -inhacriancinha (young child)
      texto (text) + -inhotextinho (short text)
      pipoca (popcorn) + -inhapipoquinha (a small portion of popcorn)
    2. belittles the suffixed noun
      time + -inhotiminho (a bad sports team)
      país + -inhopaisinho (a country of little importance; a powerless country)
  2. (somewhat informal) forms the diminutive of adjectives, roughly equivalent to English somewhat or kind of
    grande (big) + -inhograndinho (somewhat big)
  3. (informal) forms the diminutive of pronouns
    1. indicates smallness
      aquele (that one) + -zinhoaquelezinho (that small one)
    2. intensifies or emphasises personal pronouns
      eu (I) + -zinhoeuzinho (I … myself)

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

  • (indicates smallness): -ão