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-stress

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  1. a feminine equivalent of -ster: seamstress; songstress.
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Origin of -stress

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British Dictionary definitions for -stress

-stress

suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activitysongstress; seamstress Compare -ster (def. 1)
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Word Origin

from -st (e) r + -ess
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