-uccio

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The suffix -uccio/-uccia stems from Latin -uceum/-uceam.[1] Compare also Sicilian -uzzu, Romanian -uț.

Suffix[edit]

-uccio m (feminine -uccia)

  1. Diminutive suffix used to form adjectives and nouns. Usually benign, loving, affectionate, or friendly diminutive suffix.
    amore (love) + ‎-uccio → ‎amoruccio (darling)
  2. (pejorative) Suffix with patronizing or pejorative connotations when attached to specific words.
    medico (doctor) + ‎-uccio → ‎medicuccio (quack)
    femmina (female) + ‎-uccia → ‎femminuccia (cowardly person)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “-uccio” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-20781-2