Ous is defined as full of or possessing.
An example of ous used as a suffix is in the word "contemptuous," which means full of contempt.
- having, full of, characterized by: beauteous, capacious
- Chem. having a lower valence than is indicated by the suffix -ic: mercurous
Origin of -ousMiddle English from Classical Latin -us and Old French -ous, -eus, from Classical Latin -osus
- Possessing; full of; characterized by: joyous.
- Having a valence lower than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ic: ferrous.
Origin of -ousMiddle English from Old French -ous, -eus, -eux from Latin -ōsus -us adj. suff
- plural form of ou