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suffix

noun suf·fix \ ˈsə-fiks \
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

Definition of suffix

: 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.”

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Origin and Etymology 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

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suffix

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

Definition of suffix

: to attach as a suffix

suffixation

play \ˌsə-fik-ˈsā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of suffix

1778

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SUFFIX Defined for English Language Learners

suffix

Definition of suffix for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SUFFIX Defined for Kids

suffix

noun suf·fix \ ˈsə-ˌfiks \

Definition of suffix for Students

: 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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