Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cape or headland.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A point of land running into the sea; a promontory; a headland; a cape.
  • noun A suffix of Anglo-Saxon origin, used to form, from adjectives, nouns denoting the abstract quality of the adjective, as goodness, sweetness, whiteness, humbleness, hopefulness, spiritualness, crookedness, neglectedness, obligingness, the quality or state of being good, sweet, white, etc.

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

  • noun A promontory; a cape; a headland.

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

  • noun geography A promontory; a cape or headland. (frequently used as a suffix in placenames)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a strip of land projecting into a body of water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ness, from Old English næss; see nas- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old English næs; cognate with Icelandic nes, Swedish näs, Danish næs. Related to nose.

Examples

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    Lance Mannion:

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  • But for some reason my pissed-off-ness is still lingering?

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  • But Harry's resistance to his chosen-ness is different, partly because unlike the Skywalker boys he has no choice about it --- resistance is futile in his case, which makes it more admirable but less heroic --- but mainly because in Rowling's conception being the Chosen One is not a heroic thing.

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  • I love Laura …. her innocence (Imma gonna b in 17 magazine … look, thats me!) and efervescent hickey-ness is refreshing – not to mention she takes fabulous pics.

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  • The Republicans, as befits their regional base, value beauty and born-agin 'ness over brains, hence the Palin phenomenon (and she is drop-dead gorgeous).

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  • Your "human" - ness is all too familiar, and at the same time very inspirational.

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  • Ms Priss – my pissed-off-ness is still lingering, too.

    The Other Side Of Anger | Her Bad Mother

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