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EtymologyEdit

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). Related to -ly (adjective suffix). Compare also Dutch -lijk (-ly, -like).

SuffixEdit

-like

  1. 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[1]:
      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?

Usage notesEdit

  • In British usage, a hyphen is often used, while in American usage, the suffix is sometimes joined to the noun without a hyphen.

SynonymsEdit

Note: the suffixes below cannot necessarily replace "-like", but are also used to form words having the same sense as words formed using "-like".

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Middle EnglishEdit

SuffixEdit

-like

  1. Alternative form of -liche

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