-all

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin adjective suffix -alis.

Suffix[edit]

-all

  1. (obsolete) of or pertaining to; adjectival suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also.
    line, lineall
    base, basall
    cranium, craniall
  2. Relating to the whole of something.
    catch-all
    end-all

Usage notes[edit]

If the root word ended in l, the variant -ar was often used instead. Sometimes both forms were found: linear, lineall.