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25 Fascinating Italian Words Ending with -issimo

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!

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9 Comments

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

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

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

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    • Ishita
      July 2, 2020 at 3:31 pm

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

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  • 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

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    • Ishita
      June 29, 2020 at 10:12 am

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

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  • 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.

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    • Ishita
      June 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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

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  • 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.

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    • Ishita
      June 22, 2020 at 10:57 am

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

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