- a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring originally in loanwords from French (voyage; courage) and productive in English with the meanings “aggregate” (coinage; peerage; trackage), “process” (coverage; breakage), “the outcome of” as either “the fact of” or “the physical effect or remains of” (seepage; wreckage; spoilage), “place of living or business” (parsonage; brokerage), “social standing or relationship” (bondage; marriage; patronage), and “quantity, measure, or charge” (footage; shortage; tonnage; towage).
Origin of -age
- indicating a collection, set, or groupacreage; baggage
- indicating a process or action or the result of an actionhaulage; passage; breakage
- indicating a state, condition, or relationshipbondage; parentage
- indicating a house or placeorphanage
- indicating a charge or feepostage
- indicating a ratedosage; mileage
Word Origin and History for -age
word-forming element in nouns of act, process, function, condition, from Old French and French -age, from Late Latin -aticum "belonging to, related to," originally neuter adjectival suffix, from Latin -atus, pp. suffix of verbs of the first conjugation.