-oire

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See also: oire and oiré

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -orium or -oria, also -oir. Cognate to English -ory and -or.

Suffix[edit]

-oire

  1. A suffix used on verbs to form usually feminine words for objects or tools used to do something.
    balancer + ‎-oire → ‎balançoire (playground swing)
    bouillir + ‎-oire → ‎bouilloire
  2. A suffix used on verbs (usually via the Latin supine form) to form masculine or feminine words for places where something is done.
    laboratoire (Latin laborare) — laboratory
    observatoire (observer) — observatory
  3. A suffix used to form adjectives matched to nouns ending in -ation (or its variants) and derived from a Latin verb.
    hallucination + ‎-oire → ‎hallucinatoire (hallucinatory)
    giration + ‎-oire → ‎giratoire (gyratory, roundabout)

Derived terms[edit]



Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -oria.

Suffix[edit]

-oire

  1. indicates a tool or a device

Descendants[edit]