Italian words ending with -issimo are the ones we all love, don’t we?? These are superlatives where the suffix “-issimo” inflates the expression and meaning of an adjective. To explain simply, in the English language we use short, shorter and shortest to express the degree of levels of an adjectives. 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
What are some of the words you loved?? Share in the comments below!
I read most of these words from the book “Un Indovino mi disse” by Tiziano Terzani. Reading in your target language is a great exercise. It improves vocabulary and spelling and also helps in retention of different words in the subconscious. Pick a book that interests you, I bet you’ll end up learning so many new words!! Don’t wait!
A different language is a different vision of life.”Federico Fellini