-like

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See also: like

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From like (preposition). Cognate with -ly (adjective suffix). Compare also Dutch -lijk (-ly, -like).

Suffix[edit]

-like

  1. Having some of the characteristics of (used to form adjectives from nouns).
    childlike
    snake-like

Synonyms[edit]

Note: the suffixes below cannot necessarily replace "-like", but are also used to form words having the same sense as words formed using "-like".

Derived terms[edit]

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Usage notes[edit]

  • In British usage, a hyphen is almost always used, while in American usage, the suffix is sometimes joined to the noun without a hyphen.