SUFFIX

Definition:
A letter or group of letters added to the end of a word or root (i.e., a base form), serving to form a new word or functioning as an inflectional ending. Adjective: suffixal.
There are two types of suffix in English:
  • A derivational suffix (such as the addition of -ly to an adjective to form an adverb) indicates what type of word it is.
  • An inflectional suffix (such as the addition of -s to a noun to form a plural) tells something about the word's grammatical behavior.


  • "Suffixes display all kinds of relationships between form, meaning, and function. Some are rare and have only vague meanings, as with the -een in velveteen. Some have just enough uses to suggest a meaning, as with -iff in bailiff, plaintiff, suggesting someone involved with law."
  • (Tom McArthur, The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Oxford Univ. Press, 1992)

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Now, Let's work:
Form adjectives from these nouns. Add more to the list, more suffixes and more words.

Suffix
Noun
Adjective
-AL
accident
elevation
addition
casuality
culture
nation
accidental
elevational
additional
cassual
cultural
national
-ARY
moment
honor
momentary
honorary
-FUL
beauty
pain
success
hope
beautiful
painful
successful

hopeful
-IC
athlete
emblem
system
athletic
emblematic
systematic
-ICAL
magic
practice
method
magical
practical
methodical
-ISH
fool
self
foolish
selfish
-LESS
power
home
sense
point
hope
powerless
homeless
senseless
pointless
hopeless
-LIKE
like
war
lifelike
warlike
-LY
friend
day
friendly
daily
-OUS
poison
nerve
poisonous
nervous
-Y
rain
mess
cloud
rainy
messy
cloudy
-ABLE
agree
misery
agreeable
miserable
-IBLE
access
accessible
-ANT
please
pleasant
-ENT
excel
excellent
-IVE
attract
emission
abuse
accumulator
attractive
emissive
abusive
accumulative
-ING
amuse
amaze
amusing
amazing
-ED
amuse
accent
abandon
amused
accented
abandoned
-EN
freeze
frozen
  • LESS help - helpless Care - careless

  • OUS caprice capricious Ambition- Ambitious
  • ISH child childish
  • LY love lovely
  • -LESS sense senseless
  • -FUL skill skillful wonder- wonderful
  • -Y wind windy general- generally
  • -ICAL method methodical
  • -ING surprise surprising Amaze- Amazing
  • -AL logic logical
  • -ABLE knowledge knowledgeable
  • -IC romance romantic
  • -ENT sufficiency sufficient
  • -IVE suggestion suggestive
  • -LESS use useless
  • -EN sharp sharpen
  • -ED advance advanced
  • SOME awesome awesomeness
  • -ior war warrior