Simile in Portuguese

example with simile in portuguese: estava tão cansado depois da trilha, que dormi feito pedra!

Hey there, everyone! Are you all in for another Portuguese lesson? Let’s discuss the simile in Portuguese today! Do you have any idea what a simile might be? Well, a simile is a figure of speech comparing one thing to another, like sweet as honey. In Portuguese, we usually make a simile with either como or feito. But let’s take a closer look at simile explanations and examples first!

Common Similes in Portuguese

Feio como o diaboUgly as hell
Certo como dois e dois são quatroSure as eggs is eggs
Pesado feito chumboHeavy as lead
Surdo feito uma portaDeaf as a post
Dormir feito pedraSleep like a rock
Escuro como um breuPitch black
Tremer feito vara verdeShake like a leaf
Magro como palitoThin as a toothpick
Doce feito melSweet as honey

Comparisons and Similes

  • Ontem eu estava tão cansado que cheguei em casa e dormi feito uma pedra.
    Yesterday I was so tired that I got home and I slept like a rock.
  • Quando cheguei em casa, havia faltado luz. A rua estava escura como um breu.
    When I got home, there was a blackout. The street was pitch black.
  • Ele me deu um susto tão grande que eu tremi feito vara verde.
    He scared me so hard that I shook like a leaf.
  • Ela é tão simpática, é doce como mel.
    She is so nice, she is sweet as honey.
  • Ele começou a fazer uma dieta e agora está magro como um palito.
    He started a diet and now he is thin as a toothpick.
  • É certo como dois e dois são quatro que amanhã vai fazer sol.
    It’s sure as eggs is eggs that tomorrow there will be sun.
  • Ele é feio como o diabo e não consegue uma namorada.
    He’s ugly as hell and can’t get a girlfriend.
  • Não posso mover essa mesa porque é pesada feito chumbo.
    I can’t move this table because it’s heavy as lead.
  • Eu já falei três vezes mas ele é surdo como uma porta.
    I’ve spoken three times but he is deaf as a post.

Differences Between Metaphors and Similes

At first, it might seem that similes and metaphors are the same thing, but they are not! Let’s look at metaphors first:

Metaphors are essentially an implicit comparison. It is a comparison that doesn´t use explicitly comparative words such as like. Let’s look at an example:

  • José é um touro!
    José is a bull!

We are not saying that José is really a bull, but we rather suggest that he bears resemblance to a bull, since he might be strong, rough, and big.

The simile does make an explicit comparison, and thus uses comparative phrases. This makes the comparison very clear in the sentence. Let’s look at a similar example:

  • José é forte como um touro!
    José is strong as a bull!

We use the simile here to point out a specific characteristic that the bull shares with José! He might not necessarily be as big or rough as a bull, but the point is that he is strong like a bull.

Exercises with Simile in Portuguese

O Rio de Janeiro no verão é quente como o Saara, mas todos os cariocas adoram o calor. Now it’s your turn my friends! Let’s see how many simile you can create.

  1. Eu estava tão cansado que caí na cama e ______________________________________.
  2. Pablo fez uma dieta rigorosa e agora está ______________________________________.
  3. Durante o trabalho as mãos do mecânico ficam ______________________________________.
  4. Não temos dúvidas. Você vai passar no Celpe-Bras. É tão ______________________________________.
  5. O susto foi tão grande que eu ainda estou ______________________________________.
  6. Você precisa falar mais alto com o Diogo. Ele é _______________________________________.
  7. Joana mal pôde carregar a mala dela. Estava _______________________________________.
  8. Ontem faltou luz na minha rua. A rua _______________________________________.
  9. Eu não gostei daquele homem. Ele é _______________________________________.

Do you now get what a simile is? And did you think this lesson was easy as pie? We certainly hope so! If not, don’t worry: your Portuguese will improve with every Dica you read, because you’re as strong as an ox. See? Even if similes seem like a difficult concept, you learned it pretty well!

Kisses to all of you! We see you at Rio & Learn!

   Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Making Comparisons in Portuguese
Comparatives in Portuguese

Adjectives in Portuguese
Superlative in Portuguese


  1. Eu estava tão cansado que caí na cama e dormi feito / como uma pedra.
  2. Pablo fez uma dieta rigorosa e agora está magro feito / como um palito.
  3. Durante o trabalho as mãos do mecânico ficam pesadas feito / como chumbo.
  4. Não temos dúvidas. Você vai passar no Celpe-Bras. É tão certo como dois e dois são quatro.
  5. O susto foi tão grande que eu ainda estou tremendo feito / como vara verde.
  6. Você precisa falar mais alto com o Diogo. Ele é surdo feito / como uma porta.
  7. Joana mal pôde carregar a mala dela. Estava pesada feito / como chumbo.
  8. Ontem faltou luz na minha rua. A rua escura feito / como um breu.
  9. Eu não gostei daquele homem. Ele é feio feito / como o diabo.

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