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”).
- 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?
- In British usage, a hyphen is often used, while in American usage, the suffix is sometimes joined to the noun 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".
- Alternative form of