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noun \ˈnes\

Definition of ness



Examples of ness in a sentence

  1. <from atop the ness, there was a beautiful view of the coastline as it stretched for miles into the distance>

  2. <the little skiff rounded the tip of the ness>



Origin and Etymology of ness

Middle English nasse, from Old English næss; akin to Old English nasu nose — more at nose


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ness


-ness

noun suffix

Definition of -ness

  1. :  state :  condition :  quality :  degree <goodness>



Origin and Etymology of -ness

Middle English -nes, from Old English; akin to Old High German -nissa -ness


-NESS Defined for Kids

-ness

noun suffix \nəs\

Definition of -ness for Students

  1. :  state :  condition <goodness> <sickness>




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