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1suffix

noun suf·fix \ˈsə-fiks\

: 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

Full Definition of SUFFIX

:  an affix occurring at the end of a word, base, or phrase — compare prefix
suf·fix·al \ˈsə-fik-səl, (ˌ)sə-ˈfik-səl\ adjective

Examples of SUFFIX

  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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2suffix

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

Definition of SUFFIX

:  to attach as a suffix
suf·fix·a·tion \ˌsə-fik-ˈsā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of SUFFIX

1778

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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