Meaning of -ANT in English


I. noun suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (stem vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Greek -nt-, -n, participle suffix


a. : one that performs (a specified action) : personal or impersonal agent

claim ant

cool ant

b. : thing that promotes (a specified action or process)

expector ant

2. : one connected with

annuit ant

3. : thing acted upon (in a specified manner)

inhal ant

II. adjective suffix

1. : performing (a specified action) or being (in a specified condition)

somnambul ant

2. : promoting (a specified action or process)

expector ant

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