Origin of -tude
British Dictionary definitions for -tude
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -tude
Word Origin and History for -tude
syllable formed when the word-forming element -ude, forming abstract nouns from adjectives and participles, is fixed to a base or to another suffix ending in -t or -te; from French -ude, from Latin -udo (genitive -udinis). As a word in its own right, teenager slang shortening of attitude, it dates from 1970s.