See also: Suffix



Borrowed from Latin suffixum (suffix), from sub (under, beneath) + fixus, perfect passive participle of figere (to fasten, fix).


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈsʌfɪks/
    • (file)
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˈsʌfɪks/, /səˈfɪks/
  • Rhymes: -ɪks


suffix (plural suffixes)

  1. (grammar, linguistic morphology) A morpheme added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning.
    Synonym: (narrow sense) affix
    Antonym: prefix
    Hypernyms: (broad sense) affix, morpheme
    The suffix "-able" changes "sing" into "singable".
  2. (mathematics) A subscript.
  3. (computing) A final segment of a string of characters.
    The string "abra" is both a prefix and a suffix of the string "abracadabra".

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  • The plural suffices occasionally appears (including in one educational publication), but it is not a standard plural and has no basis in the Latin origin of the term.

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suffix (third-person singular simple present suffixes, present participle suffixing, simple past and past participle suffixed)

  1. (transitive) To append (something) to the end of something else.

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