from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of sterling.
  • noun A termination denoting occupation, as in maltster, gamester, spinster, songster, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A suffix denoting the agent (originally a woman), especially a person who does something with skill or as an occupation; as in spinster (originally, a woman who spins), songster, baxter (= bakester), youngster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • suffix Someone who is, or who is associated with, or who does something specified.
  • suffix humorous A diminutive appended to a person's name.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English -ster, -estere, from Old English -estre ("-ster", feminine agent suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-istrijōn, *-astrijōn, from Proto-Indo-European *-as-tar- (suffix). Cognate with Old High German -astria, Middle Low German -ester, Dutch -ster.



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  • suffix // add to noun or noun(ish) wordies! ;)

    April 28, 2009

  • Just found out that the suffix -ster was originally "used to refer to woman doing a job normally performed by a man" as the GNU Webster's 1913 Dictionary definition says:

    This gives Webster itself a whole new meaning.

    January 11, 2013

  • Hah!

    January 11, 2013