Ness is defined as state, quality or degree.(suffix)
An example of ness as a suffix when someone is being awkward; awkwardness.
See ness in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME nesse < OE næs & ON nes, akin to OE nosu, nose
Origin: ME -nesse < OE -nes(s), akin to Ger -niss, Goth -nassus (for -assus, with n- < end of the preceding component)
See ness in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English ness
Origin: , from Old English nǽss; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English -nes
Origin: , from Old English.
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