-fold


a native English suffix meaning “of so many parts,” or denoting multiplication by the number indicated by the stem or word to which the suffix is attached: twofold; manifold.

Nearby words

  1. -fic,
  2. -fication,
  3. -fid,
  4. -flavin,
  5. -florous,
  6. -folious,
  7. -footed,
  8. -form,
  9. -free,
  10. -friendly

Origin of -fold

Middle English; Old English -fald, -feald, cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon -fald, German -falt, Old Norse -faldr, Gothic -falths, all representing the Germanic base of fold1; akin to Greek -ploos, -plous (see haplo-, diplo-), Latin -plus (see simple, double, etc.), -plex -plex

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British Dictionary definitions for -fold

-fold

suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming adverbs

having so many parts, being so many times as much or as many, or multiplied by so much or so manythreefold; three-hundredfold

Word Origin for -fold

Old English -fald, -feald

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Word Origin and History for -fold

-fold

multiplicative suffix, from Old English -feald, related to Old Norse -faldr; German -falt; Gothic falþs; Greek -paltos, -plos; Latin -plus, and to fold (v.). Crowded out in English by Latinate double, triple, etc., but still in manifold, hundredfold, etc.

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