- -ick (obsolete)
From French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos, formed with the i-stem suffix *-i- and the adjectival suffix *-ko-. Cognates include Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós), Sanskrit श (śa), क (ka) and Old Church Slavonic -ъkъ (ŭkŭ).
PIE *-ko- on noun stems carried the meaning 'characteristic of, like, typical, pertaining to', and on adjectival stems it acted emphatically.
- Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
- (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3).
The suffix -ic is often added to words of Greek or Latin origin, but may also be used with other words.
-ic m (feminine -ica)
- -ic (of or pertaining to)
- Used to form diminutive nouns.
- Used to form adjectives with the meaning "of or pertaining to".