An example of ness as a suffix when someone is being awkward; awkwardness.
Origin of nessMiddle English nesse from Old English næs and Old Norse nes, akin to Old English nosu, nose
Origin of -nessMiddle English -nesse from Old English -nes(s), akin to German -niss, Gothic -nassus (for -assus, with n- from end of the preceding component)
Origin of nessMiddle English ness from Old English næss ; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -nessMiddle English -nes from Old English
Old English nÃ¦s; cognate with Icelandic nes, Swedish nÃ¤s, Danish nÃ¦s. Related to nose.