- aff. a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring orig. in loanwords from French (courage; voyage) and productive in English with the meanings “aggregate” (coinage; peerage; trackage), “process” (coverage), “the outcome of” as either “the fact of” or “the physical effect or remains of” (spoilage; wreckage), “place of living or business” (brokerage; parsonage), “social standing or relationship” (bondage; marriage), and “quantity, measure, or charge” (footage)•Etymology: ME < OF < L -āticum, neut. of -āticus adj. suffix
From formal English to slang. 2014.