-aster

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See also: aster, Aster, and áster

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -aster (little, petty, partial, incomplete).

Suffix[edit]

-aster

  1. Used to form diminutive and pejorative nouns, labeling someone pretending to be what they are not.
    poet + ‎-aster → ‎poetaster (unskilled poet)
    critic + ‎-aster → ‎criticaster (petty critic)
    pillar + -aster pilaster ("looks like a pillar, but isn't holding anything up.")

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From suffix originally forming Ancient Greek nouns from verbs ending in -άζειν (-ázein).

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Suffix[edit]

-aster (feminine -astra, neuter -astrum); first/second-declension suffix (nominative masculine singular in -er)

  1. suffix of nouns or adjectives, expressing half, partial, or incomplete resemblance to the root word meaning; hence in some cases may be pejorative.
    pater (father) + ‎-aster → ‎patraster (father-in-law, step-father)

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension suffix (nominative masculine singular in -er).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative -aster -astra -astrum -astrī -astrae -astra
Genitive -astrī -astrae -astrī -astrōrum -astrārum -astrōrum
Dative -astrō -astrō -astrīs
Accusative -astrum -astram -astrum -astrōs -astrās -astra
Ablative -astrō -astrā -astrō -astrīs
Vocative -aster -astra -astrum -astrī -astrae -astra

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: -astre
  • French: -âtre
  • Italian: -astro
  • Portuguese: -astro
  • Sicilian: -astra
  • Spanish: -astro