Definitions

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  • suffix A diminutive suffix.

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  • suffix A suffix used to form adjectives expressing resemblance or likeness to, similar to -like.
  • suffix A suffix used to form nouns having qualities of or belonging to a particular kind, class, or sort.
  • suffix Forming diminutives of nouns.

Etymologies

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From Middle English -kin, -kinne, -kunne, from Old English cynna the genitive plural of cynn ("kind, sort, rank"), used in compounds. Compare otherkin.

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From Middle English -kin, -ken, probably from Middle Dutch -ken, apparently representing West Germanic *-kīn, from Proto-Germanic *-ukīnan, a double diminutive, from Proto-Germanic *-ukaz (Compare Old English -oc) + Proto-Germanic *-īnan (Compare Old English -en). Cognate with Dutch -ken, Low German -ken, German -chen. More at -ock, -en.

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