-osity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English -ouste, from Old French -ouseté, from Latin -ōsitāt-. Later changed to current form.[1][2] Equivalent to -ose/-ous + -ity.

Suffix[edit]

-osity

  1. Forming nouns, usually abstract, and usually from adjectives in -ous or -ose.
  2. (colloquial) Forming nouns from other adjectives for humourous effect.

Usage notes[edit]

Rarely productive in English, outside of humourous use – primarily found in borrowings from Latin, often via French.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, 1989
  2. ^ Why is it spelled “curiosity” instead of “curiousity?”