From Middle English -like, -lik, from Middle English like, lik (“same, similar, alike”), from Old English ġelīc and Old Norse líkr (“same, similar, alike”). Reinforced by like (preposition). Doublet of -ly. Compare also Dutch -lijk (“-ly, -like”).
- Resembling, having some of the characteristics of (used to form adjectives from nouns).
- a childlike voice
- snake-like coils of rope
- 1996, Kevin Siembieda, Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game page 128 under "Dark"
- Damage: Those with normal, human-like vision are blind
- 2012 May 20, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- What other television show would feature a gorgeously designed sequence where a horrifically mutated Pierre and Marie Curie, their bodies swollen to Godzilla-like proportions from prolonged exposure to the radiation that would eventually kill them, destroy an Asian city with their bare hands like vengeance-crazed monster-Gods?
- (dialectal) Used to form adverbs from adjectives or nouns; alternative of -ly.
Words formed with like are often spelled with a hyphen. This is particularly the case with British spelling more so than American spelling, where it is somewhat more common to form the word without a hyphen.
Note: the suffixes below cannot necessarily replace "-like", but are also used to form words having the same sense as words formed using "-like".
- quasi-, para-, -esque, -ish, -ly, -oid, -form/-iform, -some, -y; -ass (restricted to casual registers)
having some of the characteristics of (used to form adjectives from nouns)
- -like at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “-like”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- “-like” (US) / “-like” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.
- “-like” in Oxford Learner's Dictionaries
- -like in Britannica Dictionary
- Alternative form of -ly (“adjectival suffix”)
- Alternative form of -ly (“adverbial suffix”)