-stress

-stress

a feminine equivalent of -ster: seamstress; songstress.

Origin:
-st(e)r + -ess

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-stress
 
suffix forming nouns
Compare -ster indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activity: songstress; seamstress
 
[from -st(e)r + -ess]

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