-ant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -ant, -aunt, partly from Old French -ant, from Latin case ending; and partly (in adjectival derivations) continuing Middle English -ant, a variant of -and, -end, from Old English -ende (present participle ending), see -and.

Suffix[edit]

-ant

  1. (now sciences, chiefly medicine) The agent noun derived from verb.
  2. An adjective corresponding to a noun in -ance.
  3. (uncommon) An adjective derived from a verb.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many words in -ant were not actually coined in English and rather borrowed directly from Old French, Middle French or Modern French.

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Dutch[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ant m (plural -anten, feminine -ante)

  1. appended to the stem of a verb, it yields a noun which signifies the subject who performs the action of that verb (see agent noun)
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French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ant

  1. -ing; suffix denoting the present participle of a verb
    jouer (to play) → jouant (playing)
  2. (rare) A suffix deriving adjectives from words other than verbs.
    abracadabraabracadabrant
  3. Used to form nouns and adjectives out of verbs.

Middle French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ant

  1. used to form the present participle of verbs

Old French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ant

  1. used to form the present participle of verbs