-lic

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *-līkaz (having the body or form of), from *līką (body) (whence English lich). Cognate with Old Saxon -līk (Middle Low German -lik), (Dutch -lijk, Afrikaans -lik, Old High German -līk (German -lich), Old Norse -ligr (Swedish -lig), Gothic -𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍃.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-līċ

  1. Forming adjectives from nouns and adjectives with the sense of ‘characteristic of, pertaining to’.
  2. Forming adjectives denoting multiplicity (compare English -fold)
    þrīlīċ "triple, three-fold"

Descendants[edit]