Definitions

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  • suffix Used to form adjectives from nouns with the sense of resembling or having the characteristics of, similar to -ous.
  • suffix Used to form adjectives meaning resembling or having characteristics of the related term

Etymologies

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From earlier -uous, alteration of -wose, -wos, a variant of -wise, from Middle English -wise, -wis, -wys, from Old English -wīs ("-wise"). More at -wise.

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Chiefly from -ous with preceding vowel (compare -ious); compare also Latin -eus; but also by concatenation with English -te (an earlier form of -ty).

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