Suffer Definition

sŭfər
suffered, suffering, suffers
verb
suffered, suffering, suffers
To experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
Webster's New World
To have a specified shortcoming or weakness.
Writing that suffers from poor organization.
American Heritage
To be at a disadvantage.
My grades suffer by comparison with yours.
Webster's New World
To undergo (something painful or unpleasant, as injury, grief, a loss, etc.); be afflicted with.
Webster's New World
To sustain a loss, setback, or decline in effectiveness; become worse.
When morale drops, the company's performance suffers.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
Advertisement

Origin of Suffer

  • From Middle English suffren, from Anglo-Norman suffrir, from Latin suffero (“to offer, hold up, bear, suffer"), from sub- (“up, under") + ferō (“I carry"), from Proto-Indo-European *bÊ°er- (“to bear, carry").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English suffren from Old French sufrir from Vulgar Latin sufferīre from Latin sufferre sub- sub- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to suffer using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

suffer