Origin of suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM suffixsuf·fix·al [suhf-ik-suhl, suh-fik-], /ˈsʌf ɪk səl, səˈfɪk-/, adjectivesuf·fix·a·tion [suhf-ik-sey-shuhn], /ˌsʌf ɪkˈseɪ ʃən/, suf·fix·ion [suh-fik-shuhn], /səˈfɪk ʃən/, nounun·suf·fixed, adjective
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What does suffix mean?
Suffixes are a handy tool of grammar that allows you to make a new word with a meaning that is closely related to the word the suffix is being attached to.
Suffixes sometimes change the part of speech of the words they are added to. The verb create, for example, becomes the noun creation when you add the suffix -tion to it. To make create an adjective, you’d add the suffix -ive to make creative.
Sometimes, a suffix changes the meaning of the word it is attached to. For example, the word defense means protection, but if you add the suffix -less, you end up with the adjective defenseless, which means unprotected.
Why is suffix important?
The first records of the word suffix come from around 1595. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb suffīgere, which means “to attach on top of.”
Some suffixes are so common that you can easily tell what part of speech the word with the suffix is, even if you don’t know the exact definition, just by looking at the suffix. The suffix -ness, for example, turns adjectives and participles into nouns that mark a state or quality. For example, the words selfish, handsome, and quick become selfishness, handsomeness, and quickness.
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What are real-life examples of suffix?
This chart gives examples of some commonly used suffixes:
Tons of English words have suffixes.
Annoy. Annoying. Annoyed.
Amazing how suffixes can change the nuance and meaning of a word.
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The suffix -phoria refers to feeling, as in euphoria or dysphoria.
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A suffix is a letter or group of letters placed at the beginning of a word to create a new word.
How to use suffix in a sentence
This is because of a language process called derivational morphology, which controls what suffixes we add to the ends of words to create new ones.
Follows the rule of a place name ending in K getting an -er suffix.
It’s a term the protesting doctors have coined by combining the word “mix” and the suffix “pathy,” or disease.Indian doctors strike to save “modern medicine” from a risky fusion with alternative medicine|Niharika Sharma|December 11, 2020|Quartz
“I think Spire is just the suffix,” said Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi.
At a later time, wonder, when thus used adverbially, received the adverbial suffix -s; hence Th.
When the exact sense was lost, the suffix -al seemed to be adjectival, and the word dismal became at last an adjective.
This suffix is the equivalent of the French -age, and is a suffix of frequent occurrence in forming new words.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
I have a list now before me of 521 places with this suffix, distributed over twenty-five counties.
Exeter, Wroxeter and perhaps Uttoxeter show the suffix in slightly different form.
British Dictionary definitions for suffix
Derived forms of suffixsuffixal (ˈsʌfɪksəl), adjectivesuffixion (sʌˈfɪkʃən), noun
Word Origin for suffix
Cultural definitions for suffix
A letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. For example, adding the suffix -ter to the adjective hot turns it into the comparative adjective hotter, and adding the suffix -ly to the adjective quick turns it into the adverb quickly. Other examples of words with suffixes are: “willing,” “management,” “serviceable,” “harmonize,” and “joyful.” (Compare prefix.)