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ness

[nes] /nɛs/
noun
1.
a headland; promontory; cape.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English -nes(se) (in place names), in part continuing Old English næs, in part < Old Norse nes; akin to nose

-ness

1.
a native English suffix attached to adjectives and participles, forming abstract nouns denoting quality and state (and often, by extension, something exemplifying a quality or state):
darkness; goodness; kindness; obligingness; preparedness.
Origin
Middle English, Old English -nes, -nis, cognate with German -nis, Gothic -(n)assus; suffix orig. *-assus; -n- by false division of words with adj. and past participle stems ending in -n-; compare Old English efnes (later efen-nys) evenness
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  • They also argue that the monster encounter occurred on the river ness, not in the loch.
British Dictionary definitions for ness

ness

/nɛs/
noun
1.
  1. (archaic) a promontory or headland
  2. (capital as part of a name) Orford Ness
Word Origin
Old English næs headland; related to Old Norse nes, Old English nasunose

Ness

/nɛs/
noun
1.
Loch Ness, a lake in NW Scotland, in the Great Glen: said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster. Length: 36 km (22.5 miles). Depth: 229 m (754 ft)

-ness

suffix
1.
indicating state, condition, or quality, or an instance of one of these greatness, selfishness, meaninglessness, a kindness
Word Origin
Old English -nes, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic -nassus
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Word Origin and History for ness
ness
obsolete except in place names, is O.E. næs "a promontory," related to nasu "nose" (see nose).
-ness
suffix of action, quality or state, attached to an adj. or pp. to form a noun, from O.E. -nes(s), general W.Gmc., cf. M.Du. -nisse, O.H.G. -nissa, Ger. -nis, Goth. -inassus.
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