- aff. a suffix orig. forming from transitive verbs nouns that denote a person who is the object or beneficiary of the act specified by the verb (addressee; employee; grantee); now also marking the performer of an act, with the base being an intransitive verb (escapee; returnee; standee) or, less frequently, a transitive verb (attendee) or another part of speech (absentee; refugee)•Etymology: < F -é, (masc.), -ée (fem.), ptp. endings < L -ātus, -āta -ate I
From formal English to slang. 2014.