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Origin of -ful
usage note for -ful
WORDS THAT USE -FUL
What does -ful mean?
The suffix –ful means “full of,” “characterized by,” “tending to,” “able to,” or “as much as will fill.” It is often used in a variety of technical and everyday terms.
The suffix –ful comes from Old English –full, meaning “full.” The Latin equivalent of –ful is –ōsus, meaning “full of,” which has become the English adjectival suffixes –ose, as in jocose, and –ous, as in glorious. To learn more, check out all four entries.
Examples of -ful
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –ful is beautiful, “having beauty.”
The beauti– part of the word means “beauty,” as in a quality that gives pleasure. The –ful part of the word means “full of,” as we have seen. Beautiful literally translates to “full of beauty.”
What are some words that use the equivalents of the combining form –ful in Middle or Old English?
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How to use Ful in a sentence
American Apparel Introduces Size XL, Holds Search For ‘Booty-Ful’ Models.My Big, Fat Photo Spoof|Nancy Upton|September 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST
She's done got a pow'ful quick tempah, my Miss Betty has, same's all my Somerset family had, bein' fust quality folks lak dey was.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
This line is too long; I omit ful wel devysed, which is not in the original.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
He was a skittish horse, gentle, as Andy explained, but "pow'ful nervous—had to be sort o' coaxed along."The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
The Ellern is a tree with long bowes, ful sounde and sad wythout, and ful holowe within, and ful of certayne nesshe pyth.
And certainly a fine Medlar tree "ful of blossomes" is a handsome ornament on any lawn.