Last modified on 23 December 2014, at 11:02

-nis

See also: nis, Nis, NIS, niś, niš, Niš, ñiś, and -niß

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch -nissi, -nussi, from Proto-Germanic *-nassuz.

SuffixEdit

-nis f (plural -nissen)

  1. -ness

Derived termsEdit


GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate to English -ness. More there.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-nis n (genitive -nisses, plural -nisse)

  1. A noun suffix, for derivation from a verb or adjective
    hindern (to hamper) → Hindernis (an obstacle)
    geheim (secret) → Geheimnis (a secret)

Derived termsEdit

SuffixEdit

-nis f (genitive -nis, plural -nisse)

  1. A noun suffix, for derivation from a verb or adjective (the same as suffix 1)
    erlauben (to permit) → Erlaubnis (permission)
    finster (dark) → Finsternis (darkness)

Derived termsEdit

Usage notesEdit

There is no perfect rule to determine whether a noun with the suffix -nis is neuter (→ suffix 1) or feminine (→ suffix 2). The former may be concrete or abstract, whereas the latter are almost exclusively abstract.


Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

SuffixEdit

-nis f

  1. Used to form abstract nouns, usually from adjectives, denoting quality or state. See -nes