a suffix appearing in abstract nouns (generally formed from Latin adjectives or participles) of Latin origin (latitude; altitude); on this model, used in the formation of new nouns: platitude.

Nearby words

  1. -trophy,
  2. -tropic,
  3. -tropism,
  4. -tropous,
  5. -tropy,
  6. -tuple,
  7. -ty,
  8. -type,
  9. -ule,
  10. -ulent

Origin of -tude

< Latin -tūdō (> French -tude)

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British Dictionary definitions for -tude


suffix forming nouns

indicating state or conditionplenitude

Word Origin for -tude

from Latin -tūdō

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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.

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