From Old Portuguese cousa, inherited from Latin causa (“cause, reason”), in later and Vulgar Latin meaning "thing". Doublet of the borrowing causa. Compare French chose, Galician cousa, Spanish cosa, Italian cosa, Catalan cosa.
coisa f (plural coisas)
- thing (a physical object, entity or situation)
- Aconteceu uma coisa bastante estranha ontem à noite. ― A very strange thing happened last night.
- Comprei umas coisas com o salário desse mês. ― I bought some stuff with this month’s salary.
- thingamajig; gizmo, thingy (something whose name is unknown)
For quotations using this term, see Citations:coisa.
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.