from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Performing, promoting, or causing a specified action: acceptant.
- suffix Being in a specified state or condition: flippant.
- suffix One that performs, promotes, or causes a specified action: deodorant.
- suffix One that undergoes a specified action: inhalant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix The agent noun derived from verb.
- suffix An adjective corresponding to a noun in -ance.
- suffix An adjective derived from a verb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix sometimes marking the agent for action; Cf. -ent.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -āns, -ant-, present participle suff. of verbs in -āre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English -ant, -aunt, partly from Old French -ant, from Latin case ending; and partly (in adjectival derivations) continuing Middle English -ant, a variant of -and, -end, from Old English -ende (present participle ending), see -and. (Wiktionary)