Definitions

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  • A combining form or suffix from Gr. sw^ma (gen. sw`matos) the body
  • An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or quality denoted in the first part of the compound; as in mettlesome, full of mettle or spirit; gladsome, full of gladness; winsome, blithesome, etc.

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  • suffix characterized by some specific condition or quality
  • suffix A body
  • suffix A chromosome
  • suffix Used to form a word indicating a group with a certain small number of members

Etymologies

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From Middle English, from Old English -sum ("-some, same as"). Akin to Old Frisian -sum ("-some"), Old High German -sam ("-some"), Old Norse -samr ("-some"), Gothic -sams, -sama. Cognate with Albanian -shëm ("-some"). More at same.

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From Ancient Greek σῶμα (soma, "body")

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Middle English from a specialized note of Old English sum ("some, one") coming after a genitive plural (eg. hē wæs fēowertiga sum --"he was one of forty", literally "he was forties' some[one]"; sixa sum --"one of six, sixsome").

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