suffixation

suffix

[n. suhf-iks; v. suhf-iks, suh-fiks]
noun
1.
Grammar. an affix that follows the element to which it is added, as -ly in kindly.
2.
something added to the end of something else.
verb (used with object)
3.
Grammar. to add as a suffix.
4.
to affix at the end of something.
5.
to fix or put under.
verb (used without object) Grammar.
6.
to admit a suffix.
7.
to add a suffix.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Neo-Latin suffixum, noun use of neuter of Latin suffixus (past participle of suffīgere to attach on top of), equivalent to suf- suf- + fixus (see fix)

suffixal [suhf-ik-suhl, suh-fik-] , adjective
suffixation [suhf-ik-sey-shuhn] , suffixion [suh-fik-shuhn] , noun
unsuffixed, adjective
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suffix
 
n
1.  grammar Compare prefix an affix that follows the stem to which it is attached, as for example -s and -ness in dogs and softness
2.  anything that is added at the end of something else
 
vb
3.  (tr) grammar to add (a morpheme) as a suffix to the end of a word
4.  (tr) to add (something) at the end of a sentence, comment, or piece of writing
 
[C18: from New Latin suffixum, from Latin suffixus fastened below, from suffīgere, from sub- + fīgere to fasten]
 
suffixal
 
adj
 
suffixion
 
n

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suffix
1778, from Mod.L. suffixum, noun use of neut. of L. suffixus "fastened," pp. of suffigere "fasten, fix on," from sub "upon" + figere "fasten" (see fix). The verb, in the grammatical sense, is first recorded 1778.
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suffix definition


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.)

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