aff. an adjectival suffix with the meanings “composed of,”“resembling, having the nature of,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (igneous; vitreous); also, as a semantically neutral suffix, found on adjectives of diverse origin, sometimes with corresponding nouns ending in -ty (beauteous; courteous; homogeneous)
Etymology: < L -eus; see -ous

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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