-eous

-eous

an adjectival suffix with the meanings “composed of,” “resembling, having the nature of,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (igneous; ligneous; vitreous ); also, as a semantically neutral suffix, found on adjectives of diverse origin, sometimes with corresponding nouns ending in -ty2, (beauteous; courteous; hideous; homogeneous; plenteous; righteous ).

Origin:
< Latin -eus; see -ous

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-eous
 
suffix forming adjectives
Compare -ious relating to or having the nature of: gaseous
 
[from Latin -eus]

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