Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix State; quality: abnormality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Used to form a noun from an adjective; especially, to form the noun referring to the state, property, or quality of conforming to the adjective's description.
  • suffix Used to form other nouns, especially abstract nouns.

Etymologies

Middle English -itie, from Old French -ite, from Latin -itās, variant of -tās, -ty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French -ité, from Middle French -ité, from Old French -ete, -eteit ("-ity"), from Latin -itātem, from -itās, from Proto-Indo-European *-it- (suffix). Cognate with Gothic -𐌹𐌸𐌰 (-iþa, "-th"), Old High German -ida ("-th"), Old English -þo, -þu,  ("-th"). More at -th. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.