Suffixes, Definition and Examples

Suffixes, Definition and Examples in English

Suffixes, Definition and Examples in English


A suffix is ​​a letter added to the end of a word to create a new word or to change the function of the original word.  It can also be a group of letters. In other words, a suffix is ​​put at the end of a word to change its meaning. For Detailed Suffixes List;


Suffix examples:

-ile: Futile, fragile…

-y: Rainy, funny, dirty, dirty…

-ise, -ize: Publicise, synthesise


Noun Suffixes

All of the empires almost solved the problem of reconciling monarchy and democracy.

Noun suffix examples:


Suffix -acy

Democracy, accuracy, lunacy


Suffix – al

Remedial, denial, trial, criminal


Suffix -ance

Nuisance, ambience, tolerance


Suffix -dom

Freedom, stardom, boredom


Suffix -er, -or

Reader, creator, interpreter, inventor, collaborator, teacher


Suffix -ism

Judaism, scepticism, escapism


Suffix -ist

Geologist, protagonist, sexist, scientist, theorist, communist


Suffix -ity, -ty

Extremity, validity, enormity


Suffix -ment

Enchantment, argument


Suffix -ness

Heaviness, highness, sickness


Suffix -ship

Friendship, hardship, internship


Suffix -sion, -tion

Position, promotion, cohesion, ambition


Verb Suffixes

Sam tries to justify his mistake by pointing out someone else’s mistakes.


Verb suffix examples:

Suffix -ate

Mediate, collaborate, create


Suffix -en

Sharpen, strengthen, loosen


Suffix -ify, -fy

Justify, simplify, magnify, satisfy


Suffix -ise, -ize

Publicise, synthesise, hypnotise


Adjective Suffixes

Some medical practitioners use herbal medicines.

Adjective suffix examples:


Suffix -able, ible 

Edible, fallible, incredible, audible


Suffix -al

Fiscal, thermal, herbal, colonial


Suffix -esque

Picturesque, burlesque, grotesque


Suffix -ful

Handful, playful, hopeful, skilful


Suffix -ic, -ical

Psychological, hypocritical, methodical, nonsensical, musical


Suffix -ious, -ous

Pious, jealous, religious, ridiculous


Suffix -ish

Squeamish, sheepish, childish


Suffix -ive

Inquisitive, informative, attentive


Suffix -less

Meaningless, hopeless, homeless


Suffix -y

Dainty, beauty, airy, jealousy


Adverb Suffixes

The music playing softly inside the diner room was perfect.

Adverb suffix examples:

Suffix -ly

Softly, slowly, happily, crazily, madly


Suffix -ward, -wards

Towards, afterwards, backwards, inward


Suffix -wise

Otherwise, likewise, clockwise

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