Meaning of -SOME in English



suffix forming adjectives meaning:

1. adapted to; productive of (cuddlesome; fearsome).

2 characterized by being (fulsome; lithesome).

3 apt to (tiresome; meddlesome).

Etymology: OE -sum 2.

suffix forming nouns from numerals, meaning 'a group of (so many)' (foursome).

Etymology: OE sum SOME, used after numerals in genit. pl. 3.

comb. form denoting a portion of a body, esp. of a cell (chromosome; ribosome).

Etymology: Gk soma body

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.