from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An affix added to the end of a word or stem, serving to form a new word or functioning as an inflectional ending, such as -ness in gentleness, -ing in walking, or -s in sits.
- transitive v. To add as a suffix.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One or more letters or sounds added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning, such as able, which changes sing into singable, for example.
- v. to append (something) to the end of something else
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A letter, letters, syllable, or syllables added or appended to the end of a word or a root to modify the meaning; a postfix.
- n. A subscript mark, number, or letter. See Subscript, a.
- transitive v. To add or annex to the end, as a letter or syllable to a word; to append.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To attach at the end: specifically used of adding or annexing a letter or syllable, a suffix.
- n. In. grammar, a letter or syllable added or annexed to the end of a word or to a verbal root or stem; a formative element, consisting of one or more letters, added to a primitive word to make a derivative; a postfix; a terminal formative, as the -th of length, the -d of loved, the -ly of godly, the -ly of badly, etc.
- n. In mathematics, an index written after and under a letter, as x0, x1, x2, x3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attach a suffix to
- n. an affix that is added at the end of the word
New Latin suffīxum, from Latin, neuter of suffīxus, past participle of suffīgere, to fasten underneath, affix : sub-, sub- + fīgere, to fix, fasten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sub ("under, beneath") + fixus, perfect passive participle of figere ("to fasten, fix"). (Wiktionary)