a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally adjectival derivatives of agent nouns ending in -tor (predatory); also forming adjectival derivatives directly from verbs (obligatory; transitory).
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
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Origin of -tory1
< Latin -tōrius, equivalent to -tōr- -tor + -ius adj. suffix
Words nearby -tory
Definition for -tory (2 of 2)
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, usually derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tor or directly from verbs, denoting a place or object appropriate for the activity of the verb: dormitory; repository.
Origin of -tory2
< Latin -tōrium, noun use of neuter of -tōrius -tory1
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