Meaning of -IC in English


I. adjective suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French -ic, -ique, from Latin -icus — more at -y

1. : having the character or form of : being

panoram ic

: consisting of

run ic


a. : of or relating to

alderman ic

b. : related to, derived from, or containing

alcohol ic

3. : in the manner of : like that of : characteristic of

Byron ic

4. : associated or dealing with

Ved ic

: utilizing

electron ic

5. : characterized by : exhibiting

nostalg ic

: affected with

allerg ic

6. : caused by

amoeb ic

7. : tending to produce

analges ic

8. : having a valence relatively higher than in compounds or ions named with an adjective ending in -ous

ferr ic iron

II. noun suffix

: one having the character or nature of : one belonging to or associated with : one exhibiting or affected by : one that produces

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.