-astro

See also: Astro, astro, and astro-

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -astrum,[1] accusative singualar of -aster. Cognate to French -âtre and Spanish -astro.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈastro/, [ˈäs̪.t̪r̺o̞]
  • Hyphenation: -a‧stro

SuffixEdit

-astro m ‎(feminine -astra, masculine plural -astri, feminine plural -astre)

  1. (forms nouns and adjectives) Used to express incomplete resemblance, generally with a pejorative connotation:
    1. Used to form pejoratives; -aster, -ster
      giovine ‎(young) → giovinastro ‎(youngster)
      poeta ‎(poet) → poetastro ‎(poetaster)
    2. (appended to a colour) -ish
      bianco ‎(white) → biancastro ‎(whitish)
    3. (appended to fratello, sorella, figlio or figlia) step-
      fratello ‎(brother) → fratellastro ‎(stepbrother)
      sorella ‎(sister) → sorellastra ‎(stepsister)

Derived termsEdit


ReferencesEdit

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

LatinEdit

SpanishEdit

SuffixEdit

-astro m ‎(f -astra)

  1. Used to form nouns with a pejorative or lower meaning.
    político (politician) - politicastro (corrupt politician)
    hermano (brother) - hermanastro (stepbrother)
    hijo (child) - hijastro (stepchild)
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