-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) + ‎-inha → ‎casinha(small house)
      criança(child) + ‎-inha → ‎criancinha(young child)
      texto(text) + ‎-inho → ‎textinho(short text)
      pipoca(popcorn) + ‎-inha → ‎pipoquinha(a small portion of popcorn)
    2. belittles the suffixed noun
      time + ‎-inho → ‎timinho(a bad sports team)
      país + ‎-inho → ‎paisinho(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) + ‎-inho → ‎grandinho(somewhat big)
  3. (informal) forms the diminutive of pronouns
    1. indicates smallness
      aquele(that one) + ‎-zinho → ‎aquelezinho(that small one)
    2. intensifies or emphasises personal pronouns
      eu(I) + ‎-zinho → ‎euzinho(I … myself)

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

  • (indicates smallness): -ão