-oir

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See also: oir, oír, oïr, and -óir

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin -orium or -oria, feminine words end in -oire. Cognate to English -ory and -or.

Suffix[edit]

-oir

  1. A suffix used on verbs to form masculine words for objects or tools used to do something.
    accoudoir (accouder) — armrest
    miroir (mirer) — mirror
  2. A suffix used on verbs to form masculine words for places where something is done.
    dortoir (dormir) — dormitory
    abattoir (abattre) — slaughterhouse
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin -ēre, the ending of the present active infinitive form of second conjugation verbs. Compare Italian -ere, Romanian -ea, Romansch -air.

Suffix[edit]

-oir

  1. A suffix forming infinitives of many verbs.
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