Related formsaug·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective, nounun·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for augmentative
The MS. has Garees, a word not to be found in the dictionary, but evidently an augmentative of gara, a heron.
The augmentative forms, pre-eminently common in the Italian language, often carry with them a depreciating sense.
A diminutive hardly seems the right kind of word under the circumstances; an augmentative would, perhaps, have been better.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
Note:—The rle of augmentative and diminutive suffixes in English is vastly less important than in Italian.Montessori Elementary Materials|Maria Montessori
For the word wizard, from witch, see the section on augmentative forms.
British Dictionary definitions for augmentative
- denoting an affix that may be added to a word to convey the meaning large or great; for example, the suffix -ote in Spanish, where hombre means man and hombrote big man
- denoting a word formed by the addition of an augmentative affix