Origin of ex-1
Definition for ex- (2 of 3)
Definition for ex- (3 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for ex- (1 of 2)
Word Origin for ex-
British Dictionary definitions for ex- (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for ex-
word-forming element, in English meaning mainly "out of, from," but also "upwards, completely, deprive of, without," and "former;" from Latin ex "out of, from within," from PIE *eghs "out" (cf. Gaulish ex-, Old Irish ess-, Old Church Slavonic izu, Russian iz). In some cases also from Greek cognate ex, ek. PIE *eghs had comparative form *eks-tero and superlative *eks-t(e)r-emo-.