There is a huge number of children and grandchildren of Italian immigrants in my country and some of them are my friends. More than once I heard a native Italian use the word "eco" at the end of a sentence and was curious about its meaning. I then asked a friend of mine what his father meant when he said "eco" and the reply I got was "It doesn't mean anything". Well, even if it doesn't mean anything, there must be a reason for using the word. My question is: what exactly does "eco" mean when used at the end of a sentence?
I've tried to find the meaning of "eco" (not sure that's the way it is spelled) in Italian-English online dictionaries but found nothing.
EDIT - I've never seen the written word so I'm not sure how to spell it (Eco, Echo, Ecco, Eko) It's pronounced with an open "e" and a closed "o", with the stress on the first syllable. I also heard it in the 1972 Italian movie "Il Caso Mattei" where the actor who plays Enrico Mattei uses it a few times at the end of sentences.
EDIT II - Now I know that the word is spelt "e c c o".