aff. a suffix forming the past tense of weak verbs:
He crossed the river[/ex]
Etymology: OE -de, -ede, -ode, -ade; orig. disputed II
aff. a suffix forming the past participle of weak verbs (he had crossed the river), and of participial adjectives indicating a condition or quality resulting from the action of the verb (inflated balloons)
Etymology: OE -ed, -od, -ad; orig. disputed III
aff. a suffix forming adjectives from nouns, typically specifying that the person or thing modified by the adjective possesses or is characterized by whatever is denoted by the noun base: bearded; diseased; layered. Such adjectives are often derived from adjective-noun or quantifier-noun phrases (black-haired“having black hair”; three-headed“having three heads”) or from more complex constructions (hourglass-shaped“having the shape of an hourglass”)
Etymology: ME; OE -ede

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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