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A suffix is a few letters put at the end of a word to change its meaning. [1] It is a type of affix mostly used to show Inflection

Verb examples:

  • -ed
  • -er
  • -ing
  • -s
  • -ing
  • walk
  • walked
  • walker
  • walking
  • walks

Adjective examples:

  • -er
  • -est
  • easy
  • easier
  • easiest

Compare to prefix. Prefixes are letters put at the beginning of a word to change its meaning.


  1. "suffix." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 12 Aug. 2007. <>.