- 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
Examples from the Web for suffixes
Had Omar explained the Koran or had views on the suffixes of words, all would have been well.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
In the following chart the suffixes are constant while the root varies.
In adjectives we have suffixes of degree (comparison: -er, -est).
As explained above, these suffixes may be piled one on another.
We also form many adverbs by the addition of suffixes to other words.Plain English
- 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 and History for suffixes
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.)