Tagalog Adjectives with Syllable Repetition

For ma- adjectives:
ma- +rep2 – pretty, quite, rather…

maliit

small

maliit-liit

pretty small

malapit

near

malapit-lapit

quite near

masarap

tasty

masarap-sarap

quite tasty

maliit

small

maliit-liit

pretty small

malapit

near

malapit-lapit

quite near

masarap

tasty

masarap-sarap

quite tasty

For some unaffixed adjectives:
rep2 – thoroughly, completely, full of, all…

sira’

broken, damaged

sira-sira’

completely broken or worn out

hiwalay

separated

hiwa-hiwalay

thoroughly separated or scattered

butas

having a hole

butas-butas

full of holes

baliktad

upside down, inside out, back to front

bali-baliktad

all topsy-turvy, jumbled or mixed up

sira’

broken, damaged

sira-sira’

completely broken or worn out

hiwalay

separated

hiwa-hiwalay

thoroughly separated or scattered

butas

having a hole

butas-butas

full of holes

baliktad

upside down, inside out, back to front

bali-baliktad

all topsy-turvy, jumbled or mixed up

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