agent suffix

noun

Definition of agent suffix

linguistics
: a suffix that combines with a noun to indicate agency The most common means of forming feminine agents is to add to or modify the masculine agent suffix— Roland Sussex and Paul V. Cubberly, The Slavic Languages, 2006

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First Known Use of agent suffix

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Agent suffix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agent%20suffix. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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