-iu

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -īvus.

Suffix[edit]

-iu m (feminine -iva, masculine plural -ius, feminine plural -ives)

  1. -ive; used in forming adjectives denoting characteristics or qualities.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -īvus. Mostly found in older, popular words; compare the neological borrowing -iv.

Suffix[edit]

-iu

  1. roughly equivalent to -ive or sometimes -ish; used in forming adjectives denoting characteristics or qualities, especially relating to color

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Usage notes[edit]

The terms formed from the suffix often have the meaning of approximating or being similar to a certain quality (from the noun or adjective it modifies); it can be comparable to some uses of -ish in English: somewhat, approximately, slightly, rather: e.g. cenușiu- grayish, albăstriu- bluish. A suffix playing a similar role in Romanian is also -ui, especially with colors.

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