Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[verb uh-fiks; noun af-iks] /verb əˈfɪks; noun ˈæf ɪks/
verb (used with object)
to fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by to):
to affix stamps to a letter.
to put or add on; append:
to affix a signature to a contract.
to impress (a seal or stamp).
to attach (blame, reproach, ridicule, etc.).
something that is joined or attached.
Grammar. a bound inflectional or derivational element, as a prefix, infix, or suffix, added to a base or stem to form a fresh stem or a word, as -ed added to want to form wanted, or im- added to possible to form impossible.
Compare combining form.
Origin of affix
1525-35; < Latin affīxus fastened to (past participle of affīgere), equivalent to af- af- + fīg- fasten + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
affixable, adjective
[a-fik-suh l] /æˈfɪk səl/ (Show IPA),
[a-fik-see-uh l] /æˈfɪk si əl/ (Show IPA),
affixer, noun
affixment, noun
reaffix, verb (used with object)
unaffixed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for affixing
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The young man stood all day upon his narrow platform, affixing rings or holding forth the basket.

  • On August 4th he has the gratification of affixing his name to it.

  • This is the inventory of the goods, Herr Graf, which you will please assign over to me, by affixing your signature.

  • This stamp was employed in affixing his signature to the remission to the Hamiltons.

  • Persons agreeing to buy a ship's cargo appoint a disinterested person to allot a share to each by affixing their respective names.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Did you consider that reply as affixing the ownership of the horse to himself?

    Geoffery Gambado William Henry Bunbury
  • As he spoke he drew an arrow from his quiver, and, affixing the notch to the bow-string, carried the weapon in his left hand.

  • To the readers of this poem an apology is needed for affixing thereto a praem.

    Betelguese Jean Louis de Esque
  • Of the three types of affixing—the use of prefixes, suffixes, and infixes—suffixing is much the commonest.

    Language Edward Sapir
British Dictionary definitions for affixing


verb (transitive; usually foll by to or on) (əˈfɪks)
to attach, fasten, join, or stick: to affix a poster to the wall
to add or append: to affix a signature to a document
to attach or attribute (guilt, blame, etc)
noun (ˈæfɪks)
a linguistic element added to a word or root to produce a derived or inflected form: -ment in establishment is a derivational affix; -s in drowns is an inflectional affix See also prefix, suffix, infix
something fastened or attached; appendage
Derived Forms
affixation (ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən), affixture (əˈfɪkstʃə) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fix
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for affixing



1530s, from Medieval Latin affixare, frequentative of Latin affigere (past participle affixus) "fasten to, attach," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + figere "fasten" (see fix (v.)).

First used by Scottish writers and perhaps from Middle French affixer, a temporarily re-Latinized spelling of Old French afichier (Modern French afficher). Related: Affixed; affixing.


1610s, from affix (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for affix

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for affixing

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for affixing