• synonyms


a diminutive suffix of nouns: lambkin.


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Nearby words

-ive, -ivus, -ization, -ize, -ji, -kin, -kinesia, -kinesis, -kinetic, -kinin, -lagnia

Origin of -kin

Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken; cognate with German -chen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for -kin


suffix forming nouns


Word Origin for -kin

from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen
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Word Origin and History for -kin


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