Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • However, the whole point of this “- s” suffix is to turn a singular into a plural.

    Singular “they” and the many reasons why it’s correct « Motivated Grammar

  • This suffix is used to indicate an act or process, or a thing acted upon or a condition.

    The Missional Path

  • The word titivate apparently was derived from tidy with a quasi-Latin suffix added.

    Word Fugitives

  • When I use Mythweb to output a recording as an. mpg file (using the Direct Download button) the file ends up with a name suffix consisting of ". mpg..mpg.".

    Ubuntu Forums

  • A plausible explanation may be that, when - oo occurs as a slang suffix rather than an infix (as in superoo for super or smasheroo for smash (er)), the primary stress of the word shifts from the first syllable to the last.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 4

  • "psychological" - suffix from the Greek for "reason," logos, perhaps a foreign concept as well.

    Think Progress

  • A company or government or individual that wants a domain-name suffix must pay Icann $185,000 just to apply.

    Web Addresses Enter New.Era

  • That comes on top of the costs of running the domain-name suffix, likely outsourced to a company already in the business, which can run anywhere from $15,000 to millions of dollars, depending on the number of users, according to Ms. Cooper of MarkMonitor.

    Web Addresses Enter New.Era

  • For companies, even those that are happy with dot-com and aren't interested in adopting a new domain-name suffix will have to monitor the process to head off any potential trademark or brand-name infringement from other applicants, Internet experts said.

    Web Addresses Enter New.Era

  • Once an appealing domain-name suffix is secured, selling the secondary names—meaning the words to the left of the dot—could be a profitable business.

    Web Addresses Enter New.Era

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