a suffixal use of like1 in the formation of adjectives (childlike; lifelike), sometimes hyphenated.
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suffix forming adjectives
resembling or similar tolifelike; springlike
having the characteristics ofchildlike; ladylike
Word Origin for -like
from like 1 (prep)
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