from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Resembling or characteristic of: ladylike.
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- suffix Having some of the characteristics of (used to form adjectives from nouns).
Middle English, from like, similar; see like2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From like (preposition). Cognate with -ly (adjective suffix). Compare also Dutch -lijk ("-ly, -like"). (Wiktionary)