- a headland; promontory; cape.
Origin of ness
- a native English suffix attached to adjectives and participles, forming abstract nouns denoting quality and state (and often, by extension, something exemplifying a quality or state): darkness; goodness; kindness; obligingness; preparedness.
Origin of -ness
Related Words for nesshead, neck, point, mole, bill, jetty, peninsula, headland, finger, beak, tongue, arm, foreland, naze, ness, ridge, spit, promontory, peak, bluff
Examples from the Web for ness
Contemporary Examples of ness
Now it appears Boardwalk Empire is not only going to feed us more fiction but, with the addition of Ness, recycled fiction.'Boardwalk Empire' Left New Jersey and Lost Its Way
September 7, 2014
Clients love his soft laugh, his feet, his “Minnesota Nice”-ness, his… well, you know.Sex, Power, and Desire: The Life of America’s Next Top Escort
March 19, 2014
Courie was the daughter of Darrin and Rebecca Foos Cox and was a sixth-grade student at the Ness City Elementary School.Two Rules for Talking Guns on the Internet
February 19, 2013
Historical Examples of ness
But on a calm spring day, the fjord just steals in smooth and shining by ness and bay.The Great Hunger
There on the ness Raven and his fellows, five together, took their stand.
Spring slipped by, until it was time for the meeting at Thor's-ness.
The Ness was a mile off, but in the excitement of their pleasure they were oblivious of time.Eric, or Little by Little
Frederic W. Farrar
Thank you for the information, Ness, but they say none are so deaf as those who will not hear.The Lost Middy
George Manville Fenn
- archaica promontory or headland
- (capital as part of a name)Orford Ness
Word Origin for ness
- Loch Ness a lake in NW Scotland, in the Great Glen: said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster. Length: 36 km (22.5 miles). Depth: 229 m (754 ft)
- indicating state, condition, or quality, or an instance of one of thesegreatness; selfishness; meaninglessness; a kindness
Word Origin for -ness
obsolete except in place names, Old English næs "a promontory," related to nasu "nose" (see nose (n.)). Cognate with Old Norse nes, Danish næs, Swedish näs, Middle Dutch nesse.
word-forming element denoting action, quality, or state, attached to an adjective or past participle to form an abstract noun, from Old English -nes(s), from West Germanic *in-assu- (cf. Old Saxon -nissi, Middle Dutch -nisse, Dutch -nis, Old High German -nissa, German -nis, Gothic -inassus), from *-in-, noun stem, + *-assu-, abstract noun suffix, probably from the same root as Latin -tudo (see -tude).