-ern


an adjective suffix occurring with names of directions: northern; southern.

Nearby words

  1. -ent,
  2. -eous,
  3. -er,
  4. -erel,
  5. -ergic,
  6. -eroo,
  7. -ers,
  8. -ery,
  9. -es,
  10. -esce

Origin of -ern

Middle English, Old English -erne; cognate with Old High German -rōni (as in nordrōni northern)

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