- a feminine equivalent of -ster: seamstress; songstress.
Origin of -stress
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- indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activitysongstress; seamstress Compare -ster (def. 1)
Word Origin for -stress
from -st (e) r + -ess
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