a diminutive or pejorative suffix denoting something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing: criticaster; poetaster, oleaster.

Words nearby -aster

Origin of -aster

From Latin

Definition for -aster (2 of 2)


Chiefly Biology. a combining form with the meaning “star,” used in the formation of compound words: diaster.

Origin of -aster

< Greek astḗr star; cf. astro-
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British Dictionary definitions for -aster


suffix forming nouns

a person or thing that is inferior or bears only a poor resemblance to what is specifiedpoetaster

Word Origin for -aster

from Latin: suffix indicating imperfect resemblance
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