suffix[suf′iks; also, for v., sə fiks′]
- 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 of suffixModern Latin suffixum ; from neuter of Classical Latin suffixus, past participle of suffigere, to fasten on beneath ; from sub-, sub- + figere, to fix
transitive verbsuf·fixed, suf·fix·ing, suf·fix·es
Origin of suffixNew 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.
- suf′fix·a′tion , suf·fix′ion
- One or more letters or sounds added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning.
- The suffix "-able" changes "sing" into "singable".
- (mathematics) A subscript.
- The plural suffices occasionally appears (including in one educational publication), but it is not a standard Latin plural.
(third-person singular simple present suffixes, present participle suffixing, simple past and past participle suffixed)
- to append (something) to the end of something else