-ious

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

-ious comp. suffix meaning ‘characterized by’, ‘full of’, (i) repr. F. -ieux, L. -iōsus, f. -I- + ōsus -OUS, or (ii) directly f. a L. suffix consisting of i and another suffix (viz. -ia, -ius, -iō, -iēs, -ium) + -OUS. See also -ACIOUS, -ITIOUS.