Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- Forming nouns, usually abstract, and usually from adjectives in -ous or -ose.
- (colloquial) Forming nouns from other adjectives for humourous effect.
Rarely productive in English, outside of humourous use – primarily found in borrowings from Latin, often via French.
terms derived from adjectives in -ous
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, 1989
- ^ Why is it spelled “curiosity” instead of “curiousity?”