Suffixes and Prefixes

50 Examples of Suffixes and Prefixes PDF

Suffixes and Prefixes
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50 Examples of Suffixes and Prefixes PDF! Do you know what suffixes and prefixes are? Suffixes are word endings, and prefixes are word beginnings. They can change the meaning of a word. In this PDF, you will find 50 examples of suffixes and prefixes. Learning these will help you sound more intelligent in your conversations!

Definition of Prefixes

A prefix is an affix which is placed before the stem of a word. Adding it to the beginning of one word changes it into another word.

For example, when the prefix un- is added to the word happy, it creates the word unhappy.

Definition of Suffixes

A suffix is an affix which is placed after the stem of a word. Adding it to the end of one word changes it into another word.

For example, when the suffix -ness is added to the word dark, it creates the word darkness.

50 Examples of Suffixes and Prefixes

Noun Suffixes

  Meaning Example
-ance, -ence state or quality maintenance, assurance
-acy state or quality privacy, delicacy
-sion, -tion state of being concession, transition,
-ness state of being heaviness, rudeness
-dom state of being freedom, boredom
-ity, -ty quality of inactivity, parity
-ship position held fellowship, ownership,
-ist one who chemist, plagiarist
-er, -or one who trainer, the narrator
-ism doctrine, belief communism, skepticism
-ment condition of argument, punishment
-al act or process of refusal, rebuttal


Verb Suffixes

  Meaning Example
-ify, -fy make or become terrify, exemplify
-ize, -ise* become civilize, valorize
-en become enlighten, strengthen
-ate become regulate, enunciate


Adverb Suffixes

Meaning Example
-ly in manner something is done bravely, gladly
-wise in relation to  clockwise, otherwise
-ward in a certain direction backward, awkward


Adjective Suffixes

Meaning Example
-less without endless, ageless
-esque reminiscent of picturesque, statuesque
-ic, -ical pertaining to musical, chiastic
-al pertaining to regional, coastal
-ful notable for fanciful, woeful
-ish having the quality of fiendish, snobbish
-ive having the nature of creative, decisive
-y characterized by sleazy, hasty, nerdy
-ious, -ous characterized by nutritious, studious
-able, -ible capable of being edible, credible

50 Examples of Prefixes

Meaning Example
mis- wrongly misinterpret, misfire
co with, together coexist
con with, jointly concur
co- with co-pilot, co-operation
epi- upon, close to, after episcope, epidermis
Under- Under Understand, undersea
sub- under submarine, sub-category
Sub- Under Subeditor, subterranean
bi two, twice Biannual, bishop
di two divert
ad to, toward, near Adjacent, adjoin, adsorb
at to, toward attend
en to cause, provide enable
dia through, across diameter


tri- three triangle, tripod, tricycle
deca ten decathlon
auto self automobile
homo- same homonuclear, homoplastic
ethno race, nation ethnography
hyper- over, above hyperactive, hyperventilate
Over- Over Overlook, overdue
counter opposite counterclockwise
mono- one, singular monobrow, monolithic
de- off, down, away from defrost, derail, demotivate
non- not, without nonsense, nonentity
a not, without abyss
Un- Not Unfriendly, unsatisfied
In-, im-, il-, ir- Not Injustice, impossible, irregular
il-, im-, in-, ir- not illegal, irresponsible
mid- middle midway, midsummer
macro- large macroeconomics
im-, in- into insert, import, inside
endo internal endocrine


In- İn Infield, infiltrate
Im- İn Imbalance
therm- heat thermometer, thermostat
semi- half semi-final, semiconscious
demi half Demigod, decode, debug
bene good benevolent
ab from, away Abnormal, absorb, abstain
ex- former, out of ex-boyfriend, exterminate
equi equal equidistant
arch chief, most important Archangel, arch-nemesis
em-, en- cause to, put into encode, embed, engulf
En- Cause to Encode, encounter
Em- Cause to Embrace, emphasis
ambi both Ambidextrous, ambient
extra- beyond, more than extraordinary
inter-, intra- between intermediate, intergalactic
para- beside paramedic, paradox
infra- beneath, below infrared, infrasonic
Pre- Before Prefix, preschool
pre- before prefix, predetermine
Fore- Before Forecast, foresight
ante- before antenatal, antedate
ante before Antecedent, antefixa
dys bad, abnormal dysfunction
a at, in, on, to asleep
circum- around circumvent, circumnavigate
omni- all, every omnivore, omnipotent
anti- against, opposing antidepressant, antibody
contra against contradict
re- again return, reiterate, rebuilt
post- after post-mortem, post-natal
be about, become befriend


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