Reconstruction:Proto-Finnic/-u

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This Proto-Finnic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Finnic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • *-ü (front harmony variant)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Uralic *-w.

Suffix[edit]

*-u

  1. Forms nouns from adjectives, nouns, and verbs, most commonly from e-stems.
    *karheda (coarse) + ‎*-u → ‎*karhu (bear (originally euphemistic))
    *mäntä (mixing utensil made of the top of a young pine")) + ‎*-u → ‎*mäntü (pine tree)
    *itkedäk (to cry, weep) + ‎*-u → ‎*itku (cry, weeping)

Inflection[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Estonian: -u
  • Finnish: -u