List of 30+ Most Important Suffixes in English with their Meanings 1

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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