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List of English Suffixes

Our suffix word lists are the second part of our comprehensive root word tables:

Suffixes are word endings that add a certain meaning to the word.

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Suffix Meanings Sample Words and Definitions
list -able able to be excitable, portable, preventable
list -ac pertaining to cardiac, hemophiliac, maniac
list -acity (-ocity) quality of perspicacity, sagacity, velocity
list -ade  act, action or process, product blockade, cavalcade, promenade,
list -age action or process passage, pilgrimage, voyage
list -aholic (-oholic) one with an obsession for workaholic, shopaholic, alcoholic
list -al relating to bacterial, theatrical, natural
  -algia pain neuralgia, nostalgia,
list -an (-ian) relating to, belonging to Italian, urban, African
list -ance state or quality of brilliance, defiance, annoyance
list -ant a person who applicant, immigrant, servant
    inclined to, tending to brilliant, defiant, vigilant
list -ar of or relating to, being lunar, molecular, solar
    a person who beggar, burglar, liar
list -ard a person who does an action coward, sluggard, wizard
list -arian a person who disciplinarian, vegetarian, librarian
list -arium (orium) a place for terrarium, aquarium, solarium
list -ary of or relating to literary, military, budgetary
list -ate state or quality of (adj.) affectionate, desolate, obstinate
    makes the word a verb (different pronunciation) activate, evaporate, medicate
list -ation action or process creation, narration, emancipation
list -ative tending to (adj.) creative, preservative, talkative
list up -cide act of killing homicide, suicide, genocide
list -cracy rule, government, power bureaucracy, aristocracy, theocracy
list -crat someone who has power aristocrat, bureaucrat, technocrat
list -cule diminutive (making something small) molecule, ridicule,
list -cy state, condition or quality efficiency, privacy, belligerency
list -cycle circle, wheel bicycle, recycle, tricycle
list -dom condition of, state, realm boredom, freedom, wisdom
list -dox belief, praise orthodox, paradox
  up -ectomy surgical removal of appendectomy, hysterectomy
list -ed past tense called, hammered, laughed
list -ee receiver, performer nominee, employee, devotee
list -eer associated with/engaged in engineer, volunteer
list -emia blood condition anemia, hypoglycemia, leukemia
list -en makes the word a verb awaken, fasten, strengthen
list -ence state or condition, action absence, dependence, negligence
list -ency condition or quality clemency, dependency, efficiency
list -ent inclined to performing/causing, or one who performs/causes competent, correspondent, absorbent
list -er more bigger, faster, happier
    action or process flutter, ponder, stutter
    a person who does an action announcer, barber, teacher
list -ern state or quality of eastern, northern, western
list up -escence state or process adolescence, convalescence
list -ese relating to a place Chinese, Congolese, Vietnamese
list -esque in the style of Kafkaesque, grotesque, burlesque 
list -ess female actress, heiress, lioness
list -est most funniest, hottest, silliest
list -etic relating to (makes the word an adj.) athletic, energetic, poetic
list -ette diminutive (makes something smaller) cigarette, diskette, kitchenette
list -ful full of helpful, thankful, cheerful
list -fy make, cause (makes the word a verb) amplify, falsify, terrify
list -gam/gamy marriage, union monogam, polygamy
list -gon/gonic angle hexagon, polygonic, pentagon
list -hood state, condition, or quality childhood, neighborhood, motherhood
list up -ial relating to celestial, editorial, martial
list -ian relating to Martian, utopian, pediatrician
list -iasis diseased condition elephantiasis, psoriasis
  -iatric healing practice pediatric, psychiatric,
list -ible able to be audible, plausible, legible
list -ic/ical relating to, characterized by analytic/al, comic/al, organic
list -ile relating to, capable of agile, docile, volatile
list -ily in what manner sloppily, steadily, zanily
list -ine relating to canine, feminine, masculine
list -ing materials bedding, frosting, roofing
    action or process dancing, seeing, writing
list -ion action or process celebration, completion, navigation
list -ious having the qualities of, full of ambitious, cautious, gracious
list -ish relating to, characteristic apish, brutish, childish
list -ism state or quality altruism, despotism, heroism
list -ist a person, one who does an action artist, linguist, pianist
list -ite resident of, follower, product of suburbanite, luddite, dynamite
list -itis inflammation, preoccupation appendicitis, tonsillitis, frontrunneritis
list -ity state, condition, or quality abnormality, civility, necessity
list -ive inclined to; quality of; that which attractive, expensive, repulsive
list -ization act or process of making colonization, fertilization, modernization
list -ize cause, treat, become antagonize, authorize, popularize
list -less without fearless, helpless, homeless
list -let version of booklet, droplet, inlet
list up -like resembling, characteristic childlike, homelike, lifelike
list -ling younger or inferior duckling, underling
list -loger/logist one who does astrologer, cardiologist, chronologer
list -log speech dialog, monolog,
list -ly in what manner badly, courageously, happily
list -ment action, result movement, placement, shipment
list -ness state or quality (makes a noun) kindness, shyness, weakness
list -oid resembling humanoid, tabloid, hemorrhoid
list up -ology study of, science of anthropology, archaeology, biology
list -oma tumor, swelling carcinoma, osteoma, hematoma
list -onym name, word synonym, antonym, homonym
list -opia eye defect myopia, nyctalopia, hyperopia
list -opsy examination biopsy, autopsy, necropsy
list -or a person who inventor, legislator, translator
list -ory relating to armory, dormitory, laboratory
  -osis process, diseased condition diagnosis, prognosis, neurosis, psychosis
list -ostomy/otomy surgical colostomy, lobotomy, craniotomy
list -ous full of hazardous, humorous, wondrous
list up -path one who engages in homeopath, naturopath, psychopath
  -pathy feeling, diseased sympathy, apathy, neuropathy
list -phile one who loves bibliophile, audiophile, pyrophile
list -phobia abnormal fear of acrophobia, claustrophobia, xenophobia
list -phone sound homophone, telephone, microphone
  -phyte plant, to grow zoophyte, cryptophyte, epiphyte
list -plegia paralysis paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia
  -plegic one who is paralyzed paraplegic, technoplegic, quadriplegic
  -pnea air, spirit apnea, hyperpnea, orthopnea
list -scopy/scope visual exam arthroscopy, gastroscopy, microscope
list -scribe/script to write transcript, describe, manuscript
list -sect to cut dissect, insect, bisect
list -ship state or condition of, skill of authorship, citizenship, friendship
list -sion state or quality confusion, depression, tension
list -some characterized by, group of cumbersome, quarrelsome, foursome
list -sophy/sophic wisdom, knowledge philosophy, theosophy, anthroposophic
list up -th state or quality depth, length, strength
list -tion state or quality attention, caution, fascination
list -tome/tomy to cut hysterectomy, epitome, tonsillotome
list -trophy nourishment, growth atrophy, hypertrophy, dystrophy
list -tude state, condition or quality fortitude, gratitude, magnitude
list -ty state, condition or quality ability, honesty, loyalty
list -ular relating to or resembling cellular, circular, muscular
list -uous state or quality of arduous, tumultuous, virtuous
list -ure action, condition closure, erasure, failure
list -ward specifies direction backward, eastward, homeward
list -ware things of the same type or material hardware, software, kitchenware
list -wise in what manner or direction clockwise, lengthwise, otherwise
list up -y made up of, characterized brainy, fruity, gooey

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