In Spanish, suffixes called augmentatives can be added to nouns,
adjectives, adverbs, and names to indicate bigness, as well as other ideas such
as excessiveness, contempt, or disdain. In this way, you can say that something
is big without adding an adjective like grande to indicate bigness or
repugnante to indicate contempt.
Augmentatives change to match the gender and number of the word they modify.
Common Spanish augmentatives:
Using Spanish augmentatives:
Augmentatives are less common than diminutives, and they are also easier to
1. Words that end in a consonant take the whole suffix:
big, strapping woman
big, nasty animal
2. When the word to be modified ends with a vowel, the vowel is dropped
before adding the ending: