an adjectival suffix with the meanings “composed of,” “resembling, having the nature of,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (igneous; ligneous; vitreous); also, as a semantically neutral suffix, found on adjectives of diverse origin, sometimes with corresponding nouns ending in -ty2 (beauteous; courteous; hideous; homogeneous; plenteous; righteous).

Words nearby -eous

Origin of -eous

< Latin -eus; see -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -eous


suffix forming adjectives

relating to or having the nature ofgaseous Compare -ious

Word Origin for -eous

from Latin -eus
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