Phil

abbreviation

Definition of Phil


phil-

combining form
variants: or philo-

Definition of phil-

:loving :having an affinity for
  • philoprogenitive

Origin and Etymology of phil-

Greek, from philos dear, friendly


1

-phil

noun combining form
variants: or -phile

Definition of -phil

:lover :one having an affinity for or a strong attraction to
  • acidophil
  • Slavophile

Origin and Etymology of -phil

French -phile, from Greek -philos -philous


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-phil

adjective combining form
variants: or -phile

Definition of -phil

:loving :having a fondness or affinity for
  • Francophile

Origin and Etymology of -phil

New Latin -philus, from Latin, from Greek -philos


PHIL Defined for Kids

1

-phil

noun suffix \ ˌfil \
variants: or -phile \ˌfīl\

Definition of -phil for Students

:a person who loves or is strongly attracted to

2

-phil

adjective suffix
variants: or -phile

Definition of -phil for Students

:having a fondness for or strong attraction to

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