-ick

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -icus, of Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós).

Suffix[edit]

-ick

  1. Obsolete form of -ic.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Generally, the k fell out of use by the end of the 19th century, with a few exceptions, such as magick and mystick). However, -k- exists in derived terms ending in -ed, -er and -ing to clarify that the pronunciation does not sound as s (e.g. "trafficking", "panicked").

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