aff. a suffix formerly used to form transitive and intransitive verbs from adjectives (fasten; harden; sweeten), or from nouns (heighten; lengthen; strengthen)
Etymology: ME, OE -n-, as in ME fast-n-en, OE fǣst-n-ian to make fast, fasten II
aff. a suffix used to form adjectives of source or material from nouns:
ashen; golden; oaken[/ex]
Etymology: ME, OE; c. OHG -īn, L -īnus; cf. -ine I III
aff. a suffix used to mark the past participle in many strong and some weak verbs:
taken; proven[/ex]
Etymology: ME, OE; c. G -en, ON -inn IV
aff. a suffix used in forming the plural of some nouns:
brethren; children; oxen[/ex]
Etymology: ME; OE -an, case ending of n-stem nouns, as in naman obl. sing., and nom. and acc. pl. of nama name V
aff. a diminutive suffix:
kitten; maiden[/ex]
Etymology: ME, OE, from neut. of -en II

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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