See also: stremò



  • IPA(key): /ˈstrɛ.mo/
  • Hyphenation: strè‧mo

Etymology 1Edit

Apheresis of estremo.


stremo (feminine singular strema, masculine plural stremi, feminine plural streme)

  1. (archaic) extreme, final
    Synonym: estremo
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XIX, lines 25–30, page 282–283:
      Le piante erano a tutti accese intrambe; ¶ per che sì forte guizzavan le giunte, ¶ che spezzate averien ritorte e strambe. ¶ Qual suole il fiammeggiar de le cose unte ¶ muoversi pur su per la strema buccia, ¶ tal era lì dai calcagni a le punte.
      In all of them the soles were both on fire; ⁠wherefore the joints so violently quivered, they would have snapped asunder withes and bands. Even as the flame of unctuous things is wont to move upon the outer surface only, so likewise was it there from heel to point.
    • 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio, “Giornata quinta, Novella IX [The Fifth Day, Novel 9]”, in Decamerone [Decameron]‎[1], Tommaso Hedlin, published 1527, page 155:
      Egli con tutto che la ſua poverta foſſe ſtrema, non s’era anchor tanto aveduto [] che egli haveſſe fuor d’ordine ſpeſe le ſue ricchezze
      Despite his extreme poverty, he had not yet realized how much he had spent his money beyond his possibilities
  2. (archaic) Extended meanings:
    1. small, little
      Synonyms: ridotto, ristretto
      Antonyms: grande, vasto
    2. short
      Synonym: breve
      Antonym: lungo
    3. thin
      Synonym: sottile
      Antonym: spesso
    4. poor
      Synonym: povero
      Antonym: ricco


stremo m (plural stremi)

  1. extremity, extreme
    Synonyms: estremità, termine
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Purgatorio [The Divine Comedy: Purgatory] (paperback), Bompiani, published 2001, Canto XIII, lines 124–129, page 199:
      Pace volli con Dio in su lo stremo ¶ de la mia vita; e ancor non sarebbe ¶ lo mio dover per penitenza scemo, ¶ se ciò non fosse, ch’a memoria m’ebbe ¶ Pier Pettinaio in sue sante orazioni, ¶ a cui di me per caritate increbbe.
      Peace I desired with God at the extreme of my existence, and as yet would not my debt have been by penitence discharged, had it not been that in remembrance held me Pier Pettignano in his holy prayers, who out of charity was grieved for me.
  2. last legs, extreme limit
    essere ridotto allo stremo (delle forze)
    to be on one's last legs
    (literally, “to be reduced to the extreme (of one's strength)”)

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of stremare



  • stremo in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana