-fer


a combining form meaning “that which carries” the thing specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: aquifer; conifer; foraminifer.

Nearby words

  1. -eus,
  2. -euse,
  3. -ey,
  4. -facient,
  5. -favoured,
  6. -ferous,
  7. -fest,
  8. -fex,
  9. -fic,
  10. -fication

Origin of -fer

< Latin, derivative of ferre to bear1, in L generally forming adjectives; the corresponding E adjectives add -ous; see -ferous

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British Dictionary definitions for -fer

-fer

n combining form

indicating a person or thing that bears something specifiedcrucifer; conifer

Word Origin for -fer

from Latin, from ferre to bear

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