50 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes

50 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes

Suffixes that make NOUNS

Suffix Meaning Example
age A result Wreckage
ance An action or state Importance
-ant A person Asistant
ee A person Referee
-ence An action or state Difference
-er/or A person Teacher
ery A type or place of work Bakery
ess Makes a feminine form Waitress
-ful As much as will fill Spoonful
ing An action or result Painting
-ion A process, state orresult Decoration
ism A belief or condition Judaism
-ist A person Florist
ment An action or state Measurement

Suffixes that make ADJECTIVES

Suffix Meaning Example
-able Able to be Inflatable
-en Made of Woolen
-ful Full of Beautiful
-ible Ability Flexible
-ish A little Greenish
-less Without Careless
-like Similar to, like Lifelike
-ous Full of Joyous
-some A tendency to Quarrelsome

Suffixes that make ADVERBS

Suffix Meaning Example
-ly In a manner Quickly
-ward Shows direction forward
-ways Shows direction Sideways



de-, dis- opposite of, not depose, detour, dehydrated, decaffeinated, discord, discomfort, disengage
trans- acrossmove between transatlantic, transcend, transfer, transact, transport
inter- betweenamong interstate, international, intermission, intermingle, interface
sub- under submarine, subtext, substandard, subsitute, subversive
over- too much overload, overdo, overact, overboard, overdose
non- not nonsense, nonverbal, nonstick, nonspecific
en-, em- cause to enjoy, endure, enlighten, entail, empathy,
un- opposite uncover, unlock, unsafe, unemployment
semi- half semicircle, semiprecious, semicolon, semifinal
re- againback rewrite, reread, return
mid- middle midterm, Midwest, midstream, midway, midnight
super- above supersonic, superstar, supernatural, superstore
fore- before foreshadow, foresight, foreseeable, forecast, foreground
pre- before preview, pretest, prevent, preplan
in- , im-, ir- into; not invade, implant, imperfect, immoral, inedible, incapable, irregular, irresponsible, irritate
mis- wrongly misjudge, misinterpret, misguided, mismatch, misplace