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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 previewA Dictionary of British Place-Names (2011)

by David Mills

Affix is the original Celtic name (meaning 'dirty stream') of the River Kym. Weston in Gordano N.

Affix is an old district name, see clapton. Weston Rhyn...

Google previewDiscourse and Grammar (2012)

From Sentence Types to Lexical Categories by Günther Grewendorf, Thomas Ede Zimmermann

V and the -ing affix is a lexical affix here that is adjoined in morphology. The verbal properties Abney identifies for these gerunds, namely that they tolerate particles and that they cannot be passivized without passive morphology (cf. ibid.

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 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 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 previewPatterns of Reduplication in Lushootseed (2001)

by Suzanne Urbancyzk

For example, a syllable template encodes the claim that at some level of representation a reduplicative affix is a syllable. A key difference between the two approaches is understanding how prosody and morphology interact. For templatic ...

Google previewTypological Changes in the Lexicon (2011)

Analytic Tendencies in English Noun Formation by Alexander Haselow

The identification of hapaxes is used to compute the probability of finding an unattested word among the derivatives with a particular affix: P = n1/N (n1 = number of hapaxes, ...

Google previewA Dictionary in Sanscrit and English Translated, Amended and Enlarged from an Original Compilation, Prepared by Learned Natives for the College of Fort William by H. H. Wilson (1832)

by Horace Hayman Wilson

N Un'adi affix, and the radical reiterated. ffi'filiT f. (if!) Patience, resignation, sufferance, endurance. E. first to bear, ...

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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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