-zaam

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch -sam, later also -saem based on the inflected forms, from Old Dutch -sam, from Proto-Germanic *-samaz. Cognate with German -sam, Old Norse -samr. English -some derives from a variant form *-sumaz.[1]

Suffix[edit]

-zaam

  1. Used to form adjectives/adverbs; compare English -some
    moe 'tired' → moeizaam 'tiresome'

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)