25 Fascinating Italian Words Ending with -issimo

Italian language is beautiful, with an inexplicable magic. Italian words have a unique sound that foreigners especially love. Right?? I always make sure of pronouncing new words to enjoy that sound and also understand how the locals speak. So while reading the book “Un Indovino mi disse” by Tiziano Terzani, I found myself speaking a lot of words ending with ISSIMO. Not only did I retain them but also learnt several new ones!! ISSIMO words are superlatives where the suffix “-ISSIMO” inflates the expression and meaning of an adjective.

For example, it is similar to short, shorter and shortest in English where there is a certain degree of level for an adjective. In Italian, however, we use bello, piu` bello and bellissimo. (Of course as per the gender of the subject). Seeing this trend, here are 25 fascinating Italian superlatives that end with -issimo which I guarantee you will love!

25 Fascinating Italian Words Ending with -issimo

Explanation with -issimo/a Suffix

The superlative of bello (beautiful) will be bellissimo (male) and bellissima (female) and would mean very very beautiful. Similarly, the superlative of dolce (sweet) will be dolcissimo / dolcissima and would signify something to be the sweetest! Now let’s see the 25 examples of words ending with -issimo.

1. Interessantisimo- very interesting

2. Tantissimo- very much, a lot

3. Serissimo- dead serious

4. Benissimo- very well

5. Eccitatissimo- very excited, as excited or eager

6. Vecchissimo- ancient,old fashioned, old

7. Semplicissimo- too simple

8. Italianissimo-truly Italian, very Italian

9. Lunghissimo- very lengthy

10. Buonissimo- extremely good

11. Dolicissimo- very sweet

12. Fighissimo- very cool, coolest

13. Grandissimo- the greatest

14. Altissimo very high

15. Piccolissimo-smallest very tiny

16. Carinissimo- very cute, cutest

17. Delicatissimo-very delicate/frail/thoughtful

18. Purissimo- purest, very pure

19. Verissimo- truest, very true

20. Stanchissimo- very tired

21. Vicinissimo-closest, very close

22. Verdissimo- very green

23. Fortissimo- very strong/loud

24. Velocissimo- fastest, very fast

25. Intelligentissimo-very intelligent

Which ones were your favorite?? Share in the comments!

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  • […] 25 Italian words with ISSIMO […]

  • Image Earth Travel
    July 2, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Ha, ha, this post is so Italian and lovely Ishita!

    • Ishita
      July 2, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Hehe, thanks Nilla. I’m so glad you liked it 😉

  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    June 27, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I love -issimo/a words and now that I think of it, I tend to use them a lot….. hmm I wonder if that means I like to exaggerate things! haha

    • Ishita
      June 29, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Hahahaha!! Thanks Lulu for sharing on your Facebook. I appreciate it. xx

  • Kathryn Occhipinti
    June 23, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    My favorite dialog, which I’ve heard or read many times. One person to another, usually asking if one person is sure they know something: “(Tu sei) Sicuro?” “Si, sono sicuro.” “Sicuro, sicuro?” “Si, sicurissimo!” “Are you sure?” “Yes, I am sure.” “Really?” “I am absolutely positive!” Of course I would have to say, “Io sono sicurissimA,” being a woman.

    • Ishita
      June 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Yes I love this word too 😀 Thanks for your comment Kathryn.

  • KareninCalabria
    June 20, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    I’m trying to think of other -issimo words I hear often, maybe felicissimo, contentissimo, caldissimo, freddissimo, pianissimo… And now I’m stanchissimo.

    • Ishita
      June 22, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Hahah!! That was a good one Karen. Thank you.


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