What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word abbiocco in Italian?
Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences!
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What does abbiocco mean in Italian?
In Italy, abbiocco is that drowsy or sleepy feeling that often comes after a big meal, especially one that’s rich in carbohydrates. The feeling can be so intense that it might make you want to take a nap, pisolino or pennichella. It has no direct translation into English and it’s a colloquial term. The scientific term to describe the feeling is sonnolenza post-prandiale.
How do you pronounce it?
Drowsy and sleepy feeling after a big meal
The pronunciation of abbiocco in Italian is similar to ahb-bee-OHK-koh. Abbiocco is believed to have its roots in the word chioccia which means “broody hen” in Italian, because of its huddled position to hatch eggs. Be careful not to add a -w sound to the final -o. Italian vowel sounds are clean.
For example, you can say:
Quando mangio un piatto di pasta per pranzo ho sempre un abbiocco terribile.
When I eat a plate of pasta for lunch, I am always terribly drowsy.
Il caldo estivo mi fa venire l’abbiocco.
The summer heat gives me food coma.
Anche un pasto leggero può causare un piccolo abbiocco.
Even a light meal can cause a small bout of drowsiness.
Origins of abbiocco in Italian
We said that abbiocco likely originated from chioccia, and the same can be said for the verb abbioccarsi, a reflexive verb in Italian that means to become drowsy or to feel sleepy, to doze off. This verb means “to become a brooding hen” and it originates from the Roman dialect verb abbioccàsse.
Like abbiocco, it’s only used in colloquial settings. For example, you can say:
Mi sono abbioccato durante la lezione di storia.
I dozed off during history class.
More often than not, however, abbiocco is used instead of the verb:
Se dormi poco, rischi di avere un abbiocco sul lavoro.
If you get little sleep, you risk dozing off at work.
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