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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 suffixed
Historical Examples
  • It is more like the Greek Ge, which is often suffixed to the nominative substantives.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • It forms its personal pronouns, whether isolated or suffixed, in a similar way.

  • If I omit the first the and also leave out the suffixed -s, I obtain an entirely new set of relations.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • The adjective is either prefixed to a noun or referred to it by a suffixed pronoun.

  • Words are formed from roots and bases by means of suffixed formative additions.

  • But if the adjective in the superlative expresses a lessening of the quality then -aka(ne) is suffixed.

    The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson
  • The verb angege, to go, in the past tense has the particle ga prefixed to the verb instead of suffixed to the pronoun.

    The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson
  • When the noun to which they are suffixed has a double form, the postposition is added to the short form.

    The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson
  • The present and imperfect tense of the potential mood, is formed by dau, and the perfect by gee, suffixed as in other instances.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • The plural particle is ob, which can be suffixed to animate nouns, but is in fact the third person plural of the personal pronoun.

British Dictionary definitions for suffixed


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 suffixed



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.

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suffixed 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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