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  1. a diminutive or pejorative suffix denoting something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing: criticaster; poetaster, oleaster.
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Origin of -aster1

From Latin


  1. Chiefly Biology. a combining form with the meaning “star,” used in the formation of compound words: diaster.
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Origin of -aster2

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


suffix forming nouns
  1. a person or thing that is inferior or bears only a poor resemblance to what is specifiedpoetaster
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Word Origin

from Latin: suffix indicating imperfect resemblance
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Word Origin and History for -aster

word-forming element expressing incomplete resemblance (e.g. poetaster), usually diminutive and deprecatory, from Latin, from Greek -aster, suffix originally forming nouns from verbs ending in -azein, later generalized as a pejorative suffix, e.g. Greek patraster "he who plays the father."

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