- noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing repetition of an action.
- the frequentative aspect.
- a verb in the frequentative aspect, as wrestle from wrest.
Origin of frequentative
Examples from the Web for frequentative
Historical Examples of frequentative
The Russian verb has commonly a simple and a frequentative future.Russia
Donald Mackenzie Wallace
According to Skeat jingle, “a frequentative verb from the base jink,” is allied to chink, and chink is “an imitative word”.Archaic England
Startling, moving suddenly; the frequentative form of starting, which Chaucer preferred when repeating this same line in his Kn.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
Some roots are reduplicated wholly or in part with a frequentative meaning, and there are traces of gemination of radicals.
- denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to express repeated or habitual action
- (in English) denoting a verb or an affix having meaning that involves repeated or habitual action, such as the verb wrestle, from wrest
- a frequentative verb or affix
- the frequentative aspect of verbs
Word Origin and History for frequentative
"verb which expresses repetition of action," 1520s, from French fréquentatif, from Late Latin frequentativus "that which denotes the repetition of an act," from Latin frequentatus, past participle of frequentare "visit regularly."