- The definition of a suffix is a letter, syllable or group of syllables that are added to the end of a word to change it into something else.
An example of suffix is adding cycle to motor which creates motorcycle.
- a letter, syllable, or group of syllables added at the end of a word or word base to change its meaning, give it grammatical function, or form a new word (Ex.: -ish in smallish, -ed in walked, -ness in darkness)
- anything added to the end of something else
Origin: ModL suffixum from neuter of Classical Latin suffixus, past participle of suffigere, to fasten on beneath from sub-, sub- plush figere, to fix
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Origin: New Latin suffīxum, from Latin, neuter of suffīxus, past participle of suffīgere, to fasten underneath, affix : sub-, sub- + fīgere, to fix, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
- sufˈfix·al adjective
- sufˈfix·al·ly adverb
- sufˌfix·aˈtion , suf·fixˈion noun
suffix - Computer Definition
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suffix - Cultural Definition
A letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. For example, adding the suffix -ter to the adjective hot turns it into the comparative adjective hotter, and adding the suffix -ly to the adjective quick turns it into the adverb quickly. Other examples of words with suffixes are: “willing,” “management,” “serviceable,” “harmonize,” and “joyful.” (Compare prefix.)