-oire

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See also: oire

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.
    balançoire (balancer) — playground swing
    bouilloire (bouillir) — teakettle
  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.
    hallucinatoire (hallucination) — hallucinatory
    giratoire (giration) — gyratory, roundabout

Derived terms[edit]


Old French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-oire

  1. indicates a tool or a device

Descendants[edit]