-ant

cvb aff. a suffix joined to verbs, with the general sense “performing” or “a person or thing that performs” the action denoted by the verb; often in nouns denoting participants in a formalized activity (applicant; contestant; defendant) or denoting substances that bring about a desired result (coolant; deodorant; lubricant). See also -ent
Etymology: < L -ant-, prp. s. of verbs in -āre; in many words < F -ant < L -ant-

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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