-issimo

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See also: -íssimo

Interlingua[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-issimo

  1. Added to an adverb, this suffix is an intensifier which adds a qualifier of "extremely" or "remarkably."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interlingua Course for Beginners by Thomas Breinstrup

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -issimus. Compare Spanish -ísimo and Portuguese -íssimo which are partly based on the Italian forms.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /isːimo/, [is̪.s̪i.mo]
  • Hyphenation: -ìs‧si‧mo

Suffix[edit]

-issimo

  1. Added to adjectives to form absolute superlatives.
    buono (good) + ‎-issimo → ‎buonissimo (as good as it gets, extremely good)
    grave (serious) + ‎-issimo → ‎gravissimo (very serious)
  2. Added to adverbs to form absolute superlatives.
    bene (well) + ‎-issimo → ‎benissimo (very well)
    piano (slow) + ‎-issimo → ‎pianissimo (very slowly)
  3. (often humorous) Added to some nouns to form extremes.
    poltrona (seat) + ‎-issima → ‎poltronissima (front row seat)
    finale (final) + ‎-issima → ‎finalissima (grand final)
  4. Added to the stem of verbs ending in -ire to form the first-person plural imperfect subjunctive tense.
    salire + ‎-issimo → ‎salissimo (that we be raised, gone up, etc; that we have risen, gone up)

Usage notes[edit]

Terms formed with this suffix are invariably stressed on the antepenult.


Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-issimō

  1. superlative degree of