List of 30+ Most Important Suffixes in English with their Meanings

Suffixes! Following is a list of suffixes in English with their meanings and example sentences to give you an idea of how to identify them.

Suffixes

Suffixes are placed after words to modify their meanings; like prefixes, they are groups of letters that rarely serve a purpose unless attached to a word.

     Suffix                  Meaning                    Examples
-able/-ible            capable of  portable, legible
-ac/-ic            like/related to  cardiac, Nordic
-acy            state/quality of being  privacy, legitimacy
-acious/-icious            full of  gracious, malicious
-al            related to  logical, philosophical
-ance/-ence            state/quality of being  maintenance, permanence
-dom            state/quality of being  freedom, kingdom
-eer/-er/-or            person who  mountaineer, writer, counsellor
-escent            becoming, to be  adolescent, fluorescent
-esque            like/reminiscent of  picturesque, Kafkaesque
-fy            to make  magnify, electrify
-iferous            containing, yielding  vociferous, carboniferous
-ise            make, become  civilise, terrorise
-ish            having qualities of  hellish, fiendish
-ism            doctrine, belief, practice  favouritism, communism
-ist            person who  chemist, florist
-ity            state/quality of being  ingenuity, oddity
-less            without  brainless, endless
-ment    state/quality of being, result of action  enjoyment, embankment,
-ness            state of being  thinness, loneliness
-oid            like  celluloid, ovoid
-ose            full of  adipose, verbose
-osis            condition  hypnosis, psychosis
-ous            full of  illustrious, nauseous
-ship            position held  friendship, membership
-sion/-tion           state/quality of being  torsion, transition
-tude           state/quality of being  fortitude, certitude
-y           characterised by  funny, greedy

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List of 30+ Most Important Suffixes in English with their Meanings

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