I have seen words such as "tienducha" and "morenucha", but cannot find a reference for the suffix "-ucha"
I assume that "-acho" is the male suffix equivalent for "-ucha".
The Castillian (es) ortada">wikcionario provides a lista de sufijos en el castellano, - as do many other sites I have checked while searching for "-ucha." But neither "-ucha" nor "-acho" are listed even there.
I am curious...have these suffixes simply been overlooked? What reference - online or in a library somewhere, hardcopy - may I turn to for a yet more comprehensive list.
Great research, Janice, enhorabuena
Thank you, Heidita!!
After a rather long and frustrating time (I don't want to be a "fanfarrona" and speak of hours) searching and searching, I posted my question.
Now on my way out the door to go see a screening of "Las Olvidadas", I stopped by another computer at which I decided to give this search a last "good old college try." I turned to the RAE once more. For some reason (working in the middle of the night when some servers sleep??) I had been getting only a blank page when I tried to access www.rae.es from my laptop.
On this attempt I first tried -aca, which I had seen in ever list. The theory: go with the known first and then one can truly give up. But to my surprise: Voila!! a hit!
-aco, ca. (Del lat. -?cus y este del gr. -????).
suf. Indica relación. Cardiaco, maniaco.
suf. U. para formar gentilicios. Austriaco, egipciaco.
For this suffix there happened even to be a second usage:
- suf. U. con valor despectivo. Libraco. Combinado con -arro, toma la forma -arraco con valor diminutivo y despectivo. Bicharraco, pajarraco.
Hoping against hope, I then added an "-" in front of my very own lonely "ucha" and searched again.
Well, that last try on this (a different) computer brought me a response from RAE.
But yet more rewarding, certainly eliciting a more heartfelt appreciation, I opened SpanishDict to answer my own question and -- to my yet greater surprise --, found an answer here from you, too!!
Here, by the way, is what RAE returned....And notice: not "-acho", but indeed "-ucho" is the equivalent masculine for the "-ucha" that I had seen.
- suf. U. para formar despectivos a partir de adjetivos y nombres. Flacucho, periodicucho.
ps, this allows me to mark as complete, Chapter 10 in Pepe Carvalho y una desconocida.
Hi Janice, very fst this time
Look at this list, ucho·a is listed as despective, which is the case.
-ucho/a En sustantivos y adjetivos despectivos y atenuativos. medicucho, casucha, feúcha