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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb affix:


Fun fact! By far the most common affix in academic English is -ise.

Fun fact! By far the most common noun affix in academic English is -tion.

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Definition of the noun affix

What does affix mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affixes

  1. a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: bound form / bound morpheme = a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction
    • more specific words:
      • prefix = an affix that is added in front of the word
      • postfix / suffix = an affix that is added at the end of the word
      • infix = an affix that is inserted inside the word
    • part of: word = a unit of language that native speakers can identify

Alternative definition of the noun affix


  1. That which is affixed; an appendage.
  2. [linguistic morphology] A bound morpheme added to a word’s stem; formerly applied only to suffixes (also called postfixes), the term as now used comprises prefixes, suffixes, infixes, circumfixes, and suprafixes.
  3. [mathematics] The complex number a+bi associated to the point in the Gauss Plane with coordinates (a,b).

Definition of the verb affix

What does affix mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: affixed | affixing | affixes

  1. attach to
  2. add to the very end
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of affix: add on / append / supplement
    • more generic word: attach = cause to be attached
    • more specific word: annex = attach to
  3. attach or become attached to a stem word
    • example: grammatical morphemes affix to the stem
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: attach = cause to be attached
    • more specific words:
      • prefix = attach a prefix to
      • suffix = attach a suffix to
      • infix = attach a morpheme into a stem word

Phrases with Affix

  1. to affix
  2. Separable Affix

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affix

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Google previewThe Meaning of Nouns (2012)

Semantic Theory in Classical and Medieval India by M.M. Deshpande

The objector believes that the meaning of an affix is the qualificandum, and the meaning of the nominal stem is the qualifier.

Google previewA Readable English Dictionary (1888)

Etymologically Arranged, with an Alphabetical Index by David Milne

An affix is a syllable added at the end of a word, called also a postttic or a suffix ; a prefix is a syllable added to the beginning of a word. In the word unsuccessful, un is a prefix, and fid U an affix or suffix. A crucifix is a cross having on it the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology (2014)

by Rochelle Lieber, Pavol Stekauer

An affix is a recurrent piece of phonological material, not itself a root, which when found in a word has a relatively consistent effect on the meaning of the word in which it is found. The point about the lexeme is that the form which represents the ...

Google previewCategorial Morphology (RLE Linguistics B: Grammar) (2014)

by Jack Hoeksema

different word orderin phrases, isto be expected: sincethe element containing the affix is the head, that element ispredicted to be inthe right most position, because thatis a general propertyof compounds inAfrikaans aswell as English. Hence ...

Google previewEssentials of Functional Grammar (1988)

A Structure-Neutral Theory of Movement, Control, and Anaphora by George M. Horn

Sirriilarly, the Polish -nieé attachment WFR specifies that the element with this affix is an intransitive verb (V ;). Since intransitive verbs have basic F-structures which contain only a single NP[9] argument, it need not be specified that in this ...

Google previewGrammar Grade 5 (2005)

by Thomas Hatch, Dawn Purney

An affix is a word part that can be added to a base word. We add endings to change the tense of a verb, form plurals, make nouns and verbs agree, and make comparisons. stem—stems grow—growing grow—grown root—rooted ...

Google previewA Grammar of Maonan (2008)

by Tian Qiao Lu

An affix is a functional bound morpheme rather than a free content word, which means that it carries grammatical meaning rather than lexical meaning and occurs only as a dependent of a word rather than a free morpheme in a clause or ...

Google previewBeginning Linguistics (2012)

by Laurie Bauer

Affix An affix is an OBLIGATORILY BOUND MORPH attached to a BASE. Affricate An affricate is a consonant that has two phases: first a stop phase, and then a fricative phrase, where the stop and the fricative are HOMORGANIC. Agreement ...

Google previewInvestigations of the Syntax-semantics-pragmatics Interface (2008)

by Robert D. Van Valin

and the verbal affix is a relation of 1 . grimshaw's (1997: 188) concept of ...

Google previewA Kannaḍa-English School-dictionary (1899)

Chiefly Based on the Labours of the Rev. Dr. F. Kittel by J. Bucher, Ferdinand Kittel

An affix for the formation ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Abor-Miri Language (1907)

by J. Herbert Lorrain

Pe, (infinitive affix) to. - Pe, (adverbial affix corresponding with the English affix /y. It also converts verbs into adverbs thus:-ai=to be good; ai-pe= well; in a good manner. Pe, (prep.) for. Pe, (prep.) into .

Google previewA dictionary Canarese and English (1858)

by William Reeve, Sanderson

a feminine affix ; as, txa doS a w;Se woman ...

Google previewClitics Between Syntax and Lexicon (2002)

by Birgit Gerlach

The debate focuses on whether clitics constitute an autonomous morphological category, or whether they can be described as one of the independently motivated categories "affix" or "word". A threefold system that distinguishes words , affixes ...

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Scrabble value of A1F4F4I1X8

The value of this 5-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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