- Ness is defined as state, quality or degree.
An example of ness as a suffix when someone is being awkward; awkwardness.
ness definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English nesse ; from Old English næs and amp; Old Norse nes, akin to Old English nosu, nose
Origin: Middle English -nesse ; from Old English -nes(s), akin to German -niss, Gothic -nassus (for -assus, with n- ; from end of the preceding component)
ness definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English ness, from Old English nǽss; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English -nes, from Old English.