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[noun suhf-iks; verb suhf-iks, suh-fiks] /noun ˈsʌf ɪks; verb ˈsʌf ɪks, səˈfɪks/
Grammar. an affix that follows the element to which it is added, as -ly in kindly.
something added to the end of something else.
verb (used with object)
Grammar. to add as a suffix.
to affix at the end of something.
to fix or put under.
verb (used without object), Grammar.
to admit a suffix.
to add a suffix.
Origin of suffix
1595-1605; < New Latin suffixum, noun use of neuter of Latin suffixus (past participle of suffīgere to attach on top of), equivalent to suf- suf- + fixus (see fix)
Related forms
[suhf-ik-suh l, suh-fik-] /ˈsʌf ɪk səl, səˈfɪk-/ (Show IPA),
[suhf-ik-sey-shuh n] /ˌsʌf ɪkˈseɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fik-shuh n] /səˈfɪk ʃən/ (Show IPA),
unsuffixed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suffix
Contemporary Examples
  • “I think Spire is just the suffix,” said Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi.

    Font of Invention September 18, 2014
Historical Examples
  • Garin or Warin, because the original vowel and the suffix are both different.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • In Latin the suffix -etum was used to designate a grove or plantation.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • Landscape, earlier landskip, has the suffix which in English would be -ship.

  • This suffix is seldom used except with names of countries and states.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • Males usually add the title Sing as a suffix to their names.

  • Make the proper adverbs from these adjectives by the addition of the suffix ly.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • Most words ending in y preceded by a vowel retain the y before a suffix.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • To the shorter and commoner words in the language add the suffix er.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • In Essex the h is often dropped, and the suffix becomes 'am.'

British Dictionary definitions for suffix


noun (ˈsʌfɪks)
(grammar) an affix that follows the stem to which it is attached, as for example -s and -ness in dogs and softness Compare prefix (sense 1)
anything that is added at the end of something else
verb (ˈsʌfɪks; səˈfɪks)
(transitive) (grammar) to add (a morpheme) as a suffix to the end of a word
(transitive) to add (something) at the end of a sentence, comment, or piece of writing
Derived Forms
suffixal (ˈsʌfɪksəl) adjective
suffixion (sʌˈfɪkʃən) noun
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin suffixum, from Latin suffixus fastened below, from suffīgere, from sub- + fīgere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for suffix

1778, from Modern Latin suffixum, noun use of neuter of Latin suffixus "fastened," past participle of suffigere "fasten, fix on, fasten below," from sub "upon" (see sub-) + figere "fasten" (see fix (v.)).


in the grammatical sense, 1778, from suffix (n.). Related: Suffixed; suffixing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suffix in Culture

suffix definition

A letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. For example, adding the suffix -ter to the adjective hot turns it into the comparative adjective hotter, and adding the suffix -ly to the adjective quick turns it into the adverb quickly. Other examples of words with suffixes are: “willing,” “management,” “serviceable,” “harmonize,” and “joyful.” (Compare prefix.)

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