aff. an adjective-forming suffix meaning “of, pertaining to, or characteristic of,”“of the nature of,”“made of”:Alpine; crystalline; equine; marine[/ex]•Etymology: < L -īnus; in some cases (< L-inus) < Gk -inos II-ineaff. a noun suffix used in the names of many organic compounds, esp. basic substances (amine; caffeine), and several elements (bromine; chlorine)Compare -in II.•Etymology: < F; orig. identical with -ine III-ineaff. a noun-forming suffix found in a diverse group of words primarily of Latin and Romance origin, including abstract nounsdoctrine; famine; rapine[/ex]agent nounsconcubine; inquiline[/ex]names of artifacts or workplacesfascine[/ex]and diminutivesfigurine; tambourine[/ex]in more recent coinages, this suffix occurs in names of prepared substances or commercial productsbrilliantine; gabardine; glassine; saltine[/ex]•Etymology: (< F-in, -ine) < L-īnus(agentive), -īnaplace, thing, or abstraction IV-ineaff. a suffix of distinctively feminine nounschorine; heroine[/ex]given namesJosephine; Pauline[/ex]and feminine titlesmargravine[/ex]•Etymology: < F-ine< L-īna< Gk-īnē
From formal English to slang. 2014.