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.
Possessing; full of; characterized by.
Having, full of, characterized by.
Having a valence lower than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ic:
Origin of ous
- ME < L -us & OFr -ous, -eus, < L -osus
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English from Old French -ous, -eus, -eux from Latin -ōsus -us adj. suff
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition