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suffix

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noun suf·fix \ˈsə-fiks\

Simple Definition of suffix

  • : a letter or a group of letters that is added to the end of a word to change its meaning or to form a different word

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suffix

  1. :  an affix occurring at the end of a word, base, or phrase — compare prefix

suffixal play \ˈsə-fik-səl, (ˌ)sə-ˈfik-səl\ adjective

Examples of suffix in a sentence

  1. The adjective smokeless is formed by adding the suffix -less to the noun smoke.

  2. The adverb sadly is formed by adding the suffix -ly to the adjective sad.



Origin of suffix

New Latin suffixum, from Latin, neuter of suffixus, past participle of suffigere to fasten underneath, from sub- + figere to fasten — more at fix


First Known Use: 1778

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suffix

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transitive verb suf·fix \ˈsə-fiks, (ˌ)sə-ˈfiks\

Definition of suffix

  1. :  to attach as a suffix

suffixation play \ˌsə-fik-ˈsā-shən\ noun


1778

First Known Use of suffix

1778

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SUFFIX Defined for Kids

suffix

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noun suf·fix \ˈsə-ˌfiks\

Definition of suffix for Students

  1. :  a letter or group of letters that comes at the end of a word and has a meaning of its own





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