- Ness is defined as state, quality or degree.
An example of ness as a suffix when someone is being awkward; awkwardness.
Origin of nessMiddle English nesse ; from Old English næs and amp; 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.