Suffixes

  • -ability used with adjectives ending in “-able” to make nouns meaning a particular quality
  • -able used with many verbs to make adjectives describing something that can be done
  • -able used with some nouns to make adjectives describing a quality that someone or something has
  • -aholic used with nouns and verbs to make nouns meaning someone who likes something a lot or who is unable to stop doing something
  • -an used with names of places to make nouns and adjectives meaning relating to a particular place or to someone who comes from a particular place
  • -an used with nouns to make nouns or adjectives meaning someone who supports something
  • -athon used with some nouns and verbs to make nouns meaning an event or activity that lasts for a long time. These events are often organized in order to make money to help people
  • -backed used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that a group or action is supported by an organization or country, usually a powerful one
  • -backed used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing what type of back someone or something has
  • -backed used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that something has a particular substance or material on the back
  • -based used with some names of places to make adjectives meaning happening or working in a particular place
  • -based used with some names to make adjectives describing the main substance in a product
  • -borne used with some nouns to make adjectives describing how something is carried from one person or place to another
  • -bound used with some adjectives and nouns, for example place names, to make adjectives describing where someone or something is going
  • -bound used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that someone is unable to leave a place
  • -bound used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that something is preventing people from working or from doing what they want
  • -bound used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that something prevents travel in a place
  • -buster mainly journalism used with some nouns to make nouns describing someone or something that attacks or removes something bad
  • -busting mainly journalism used with some nouns to make adjectives describing someone or something that attacks or removes something bad
  • -celled used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing how many cells a living structure has
  • -centered used with some nouns to make adjectives describing who or what is considered most important when planning a policy or activity
  • -centered used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the center of something
  • -clad used with some nouns to make adjectives describing what something is covered in
  • -colored used with some adjectives and nouns to make adjectives describing what color something is
  • -conscious used with some nouns and adverbs to make adjectives describing a person or organization that gives a lot of attention to a particular subject or thing
  • -controlled used with some nouns to make adjectives describing who or what controls something
  • -crazed used with some nouns for saying what makes someone behave in a crazy and uncontrolled way
  • -crazy used with some nouns for saying what someone is extremely enthusiastic about diminutive noun a group of letters that are added to the end of a word to show that something is smaller than things of that type usually are, for example “-let” added to “drop” to make “droplet”
  • -driven used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning strongly influenced or caused by something
  • -ee used with some verbs to make nouns meaning someone who is affected by an action
  • -ee used with some verbs to make nouns meaning someone who performs an action
  • -enabled used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning using a particular piece of software
  • -er used with many verbs to make nouns meaning someone or something that performs an action
  • -er used with some nouns to make other nouns meaning someone who is involved with something, especially as a job
  • -er used with the names of some cities to mean someone who comes from a place
  • -er used with short adjectives and adverbs to make the comparative
  • -ese showing disapproval used with nouns and adjectives to make nouns that refer to a style of language that is typical of a particular group of people
  • -esque used with the names of some people to make adjectives describing things relating to that person or their work
  • -esque used with some nouns to make adjectives describing things that have a particular quality
  • -ess used with some nouns to make nouns referring to women
  • -ess used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a female animal
  • -ette used with some nouns to make nouns describing something small
  • -ette used with some nouns to make nouns referring to women
  • -ette used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a substance that looks like something else
  • -eyed used with some adjectives for describing someone with eyes of a particular color or shape or a particular expression in their eyes
  • -faced used with some adjectives to make other adjectives describing the face of someone or something
  • -fashion used with some nouns to make adverbs meaning “in the way that a particular person or thing might do something”
  • -fest informal used with some nouns to describe an occasion when people do a lot of a particular activity
  • -fold used with numbers to make adjectives and adverbs describing how much something increases
  • -framed used with some nouns to make adjectives describing what type of frame something has
  • -framed used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the size and shape of someone’s body
  • -free used with many nouns to make adjectives meaning without a particular thing
  • -friendly sometimes used with nouns to make a new adjective meaning that something helps or does not harm a particular type of person or thing
  • -gate mainly journalism sometimes used with nouns to make a name for a political scandal, especially one that affects the president or government of the U.S.
  • -goer used with some nouns to make nouns meaning someone who regularly goes somewhere
  • -grained used with some adjectives for describing substances such as wood or stone that have a particular arrangement, pattern, or direction of fibers
  • -grained used with some adjectives for describing substances that consist of small individual pieces of a particular type
  • -haired used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the hair of a person or animal
  • -happy used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that someone is too willing to do or use something bad
  • -headed used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the color of someone’s hair
  • -headed used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing someone’s character
  • -hearted used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing someone’s character or feelings
  • -hood used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a particular state, or period in someone’s life
  • -hungry used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning wanting or needing a particular thing
  • -ify used with some adjectives and nouns to make verbs meaning “to become, or to make someone or something become, something”
  • -infested used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning “full of something harmful or unpleasant”
  • -inspired used with some nouns, adjectives, and adverbs to make adjectives describing what or who provided the idea for something
  • -intensive used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning that a lot of something is needed
  • -ise another spelling of -ize
  • -ish used with the names of places to make adjectives and nouns meaning relating to a particular place or describing someone who comes from a particular place
  • -ish used with some nouns to make adjectives describing a quality that someone or something has
  • -ish used with many adjectives to make other adjectives meaning slightly or fairly
  • -ish used with many numbers to make adverbs meaning approximately
  • -ist used with the names of some skills and professions to describe a person practicing that skill or profession
  • -ist used with the names of some musical instruments to describe someone who plays that instrument
  • -ist used for describing someone who has an unreasonable negative opinion a particular group of people within society
  • -ite used with the names of places to make nouns describing someone who comes from that place
  • -ize used with some nouns and adjectives to make verbs meaning to become or make something become something
  • -ize used with some nouns to make verbs meaning to put someone in a particular place
  • -led directed, controlled, or influenced by: used with some nouns
  • -less without: used with many nouns
  • -let used with some nouns to make nouns meaning something small
  • -like used with many nouns to make adjectives meaning similar to something
  • -loving used with some nouns to make adjectives describing the thing that someone enjoys
  • -ly used with many adjectives to make adverbs meaning in a particular way
  • -mad British used with some nouns for saying that someone is very interested in a particular thing, and usually not interested in anything else
  • -made used with some adjectives and nouns to make adjectives describing where or how something was created, or who created it
  • -mania used with many nouns to make nouns meaning an extremely strong enthusiasm for something
  • -mania used for making nouns describing a particular type of mental illness
  • -mannered used with some adjectives and adverbs to make adjectives describing the type of manners that someone has
  • -meister humorous sometimes used with nouns to make a new word meaning someone who is an expert at doing something, or someone who does something in a very skillful and exciting way
  • -minded used with some adjectives and adverbs to make adjectives describing the way someone thinks or their attitude to life
  • -minded used with many nouns to make adjectives meaning believing that something is important or interesting
  • -most nearest to: used with some nouns to make adjectives
  • -most used with some adjectives to make adjectives meaning farthest in a particular direction
  • -necked used with some adjectives and nouns for describing what kind of neck someone has
  • -necked used with some adjectives for describing the neck of a piece of clothing
  • -necked used with some adjectives for describing the top part of a bottle or other container
  • -ness used with many adjectives to make nouns meaning a state or quality
  • -neutral used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning not affected by a particular thing
  • -phile used for making nouns and adjectives describing someone who loves or likes something
  • -philia used for making nouns describing a form of sexual activity that is not considered normal
  • -philia used for making nouns describing some medical conditions
  • -phobe used for making nouns meaning someone who dislikes or who is afraid of someone or something
  • -phobia used for making nouns describing a strong feeling of disliking or being afraid of someone or something
  • -phobic used for making adjectives meaning disliking or afraid of someone or something very much
  • -phone used for making nouns meaning something relating to sound or to equipment for producing sounds
  • -phone used for making nouns and adjectives meaning or describing someone who speaks a particular language
  • -powered used with some nouns, for saying what provides the power for equipment or machines
  • -preneur used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a particular kind of person who sets up and runs a business
  • -proof used with some nouns for describing something that will provide protection against the damaging effects of something else
  • -ravaged mainly journalism used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning destroyed or very badly damaged by something
  • -related used with some nouns to make adjectives describing what something is connected with
  • -rich used with some nouns to make adjectives describing what something contains or has in large amounts
  • -ridden used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning full of something, usually something unpleasant or harmful
  • -rimmed used with some nouns and adjectives to form adjectives describing the type of rim that something has
  • -run used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning controlled or organized by someone or something -’s used with nouns for showing who or what something belongs to -’s used with nouns to show a connection or relationship -’s used for talking about the home of a particular person -’s mainly British used for talking about some types of store
  • -saving used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning spending less, or using less of something
  • -scape used with some nouns to make nouns describing a wide view of a particular type
  • -seeking used with some nouns to make adjectives meaning looking for something or trying to get something
  • -shaped used with many nouns to make adjectives describing the shape of something
  • -ship used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a particular job or position
  • -ship used with some nouns to make a word meaning the period of time someone has a particular job or position
  • -ship used with some nouns to make nouns meaning an ability or skill
  • -ship used with some nouns to make nouns meaning all the people in a particular group
  • -sided used with numbers to make adjectives describing how many sides an object has
  • -sided used with numbers to make adjectives describing how many people or groups are involved in something
  • -sided used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the sides of something
  • -skinned used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing skin
  • -sleeved used with some adjectives to make other adjectives describing the type of sleeves that a piece of clothing has
  • -something used with numbers such as twenty, forty, sixty, etc. to refer to the age of someone who is between 20 and 29, 40 and 49, etc., or to make nouns meaning someone who is that age
  • -spattered used with some nouns to make adjectives describing something that has been covered with small drops of a liquid
  • -speak used with some nouns to make nouns describing the type of language that someone uses. This word often shows that you dislike this type of language
  • -speaking used with the names of languages to make adjectives meaning speaking a particular language
  • -speaking used for describing what language is spoken in a particular region
  • -spoken used with some adverbs to form adjectives that describe the way someone speaks
  • -storied American used for saying how many levels a building has
  • -stricken used with some nouns to describe people or things affected by serious problems or unpleasant emotions
  • -style used with some adjectives and nouns to make adjectives describing someone’s qualities or the way that something is done or designed
  • -tastic used with some adjectives and nouns to create adjectives and occasionally nouns meaning very good in a particular way
  • -tion used with verbs to make nouns
  • -tipped used with some nouns for saying that something has a tip that is made from a particular substance -to- -be used after some nouns to describe the person that someone will soon be or the position that they will soon have
  • -tongued used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing the way someone speaks or writes
  • -type mainly British used with many nouns and adjectives to make adjectives meaning having the qualities or features of a particular person, thing, or group
  • -ward in a particular direction, or toward a particular place: used with some nouns and adjectives
  • -ware used with some nouns to make nouns describing objects made of a particular material
  • -ware used with some nouns to make nouns describing objects that you use for a particular purpose or in a particular place
  • -ways in a particular direction: used with some nouns
  • -wise speaking of, or referring to: used with many nouns, verbs, and adjectives
  • -wise in the direction of: used with some nouns and adjectives