- Grammar. an affix that follows the element to which it is added, as -ly in kindly.
- something added to the end of something else.
- Grammar. to add as a suffix.
- to affix at the end of something.
- to fix or put under.
- to admit a suffix.
- to add a suffix.
Origin of suffix
- grammar an affix that follows the stem to which it is attached, as for example -s and -ness in dogs and softnessCompare prefix (def. 1)
- anything that is added at the end of something else
- (tr) grammar to add (a morpheme) as a suffix to the end of a word
- (tr) to add (something) at the end of a sentence, comment, or piece of writing
Word Origin for suffix
in the grammatical sense, 1778, from suffix (n.). Related: Suffixed; suffixing.
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.)