-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) + ‎-z- -inho → ‎aquelezinho (that small one)
    2. intensifies or emphasises personal pronouns
      eu (I) + ‎-z- -inho → ‎euzinho (I … myself)
  4. (Brazil, colloquial) forms the diminutive of gerunds, indicating a lack of intensity or seriousness
    chovendo (raining) + ‎-inho → ‎chovendinho (drizzling)
    namorando (dating) + ‎-inho → ‎namorandinho (having an uncommitted romantic relationship)

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (indicates smallness): -ão