-ού

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Transformation of Byzantine Greek (-ṓ), (a suffix used in female name) using the ending of ἀλωπού (alōpoú, fox) as a phonetic basis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ού (-oúf (masculine -άς)

  1. added to a noun to create occupation nouns for female people:
    μύλος (mýlos, mill) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎μυλωνού (mylonoú, miller)
    ψάρι (psári, fish) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎ψαρού (psaroú, fisherwoman)
    αβγό (avgó, egg) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎αβγουλού (avgouloú, eggseller)
  2. added to a noun to create augmentative nouns for female people, in other words that they possess the quality in excess:
    γλώσσα (glóssa, tongue, cheek) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎γλωσσού (glossoú, gobby woman)
    χείλος (cheílos, lip) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎χειλού (cheiloú, big-lipped woman)
  3. female patronymic surname suffix for:
    Μιχαλάς (Michalás, Michalas) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎Μιχαλού (Michaloú)
    Νικολάς (Nikolás, Nicholas) + ‎-ού (-oú) → ‎Νικολού (Nikoloú)

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