Today’s word of the day sounds just like the action it is describing: the verb ringhiare (to growl). It comes from the Latin ringulare.
Il cane mi ringhia ogni volta che mi avvicino al cancello.
The dog growls at me whenever I come close to the gate.
It may also be used to talk about a person who speaks in an angry, bad-tempered voice.
Dopo avere ringhiato qualcosa di incomprensibile, è uscito sbattendo la porta.
After growling something incomprehensible, he got out slamming the door.
Below is how you would conjugate ringhiare in the present tense:
(You growl – informal)
(You growl – formal)
(You all growl)
From ringhiare we also get the noun ringhio (growl, snarl) and the adjective ringhioso (snarling, irritable).
Ringhio can also the name for a dog in Italian. It is what the famous comedians Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo called their dog in the hit film “Tre uomini e una gamba“. It is also the nickname earned by football player Gennaro Gattuso for his fierce temperament and stamina.