Ous meaning

əs
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.

suffix
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Possessing; full of; characterized by.

Joyous.

suffix
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Having, full of, characterized by.

Beauteous, capacious.

affix
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Having a valence lower than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ic:

Ferrous.

suffix
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Having a lower valence than is indicated by the suffix -ic.

Mercurous.

affix
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Plural form of ou.
noun
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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