-eous

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier -uous, alteration of -wose, -wos, a variant of -wise, from Middle English -wise, -wis, -wys, from Old English -wīs (-wise). More at -wise.

Suffix[edit]

-eous

  1. Used with nouns to form adjectives with the sense of resembling to or having the characteristics of the suffixed term; similar to -ous.
    righteous, mighteous, thefteous, lighteous, misteous, timeous, wrongeous

Etymology 2[edit]

Chiefly from -ous with preceding vowel (compare -ious); compare also Latin -eus; but also by concatenation with English -te (an earlier form of -ty).

Suffix[edit]

-eous

  1. Used to form adjectives meaning resembling or having characteristics of the related term.
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