PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -āceus. Cognate of Spanish -azo, French -asse and Italian -accio. Doublet of -áceo.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-aço m (feminine -aça, plural -aços, feminine plural -aças)

  1. forms augmentatives of praise: nouns expressing greatness
    gol (goal) + ‎-aço → ‎golaço (an impressive football goal)
    ponto (point) + ‎-aço → ‎pontaço (an impressively scored point)
    corpo (body) + ‎-aço → ‎corpaço (a sexy body)
    amigo (friend) + ‎-aço → ‎amigaço (a true friend)
  2. (uncommon) forms augmentatives of size
    copo (glass, cup) + ‎-aço → ‎copaço (a large glass)
    bala (bullet) + ‎-aço → ‎balaço (a large bullet)
    Synonyms: -ão, -ázio
  3. (rare) forms augmentatives of degree
    bonito (pretty) + ‎-aço → ‎bonitaço (very handsome)
    bizarro (bizarre) + ‎-aço → ‎bizarraço (very bizarre)
  4. added to the names of objects to indicade an action made with it, especially violent or vigorous action
    panela (pan) + ‎-aço → ‎panelaço (a protest in which pans are struck to make noise)
    apito (whistle) + ‎-aço → ‎apitaço (a forceful blow of a whistle)
    canhão (cannon) + ‎-aço → ‎canhonaço (cannon shot)
  5. (uncommon) forms the names of conditions resulting from a process indicated by the suffixed verb
    inchar (to swell) + ‎-aço → ‎inchaço (swelling)
    cansar (to get tired) + ‎-aço → ‎cansaço (fatigue)
    cagar (to shit) + ‎-aço → ‎cagaço (fright)
  6. (rare) forms the names of residues
    alga (seaweed) + ‎-aço → ‎algaço (wrack)
    baga (berry) + ‎-aço → ‎bagaço (pomace)

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