affixəˈfɪks; ˈæf ɪks
- past participle
- present participle
a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
affix, stick on (verb)
"affix the seal here"
append, add on, supplement, affix (verb)
add to the very end
"He appended a glossary to his novel where he used an invented language"
attach or become attached to a stem word
"grammatical morphemes affix to the stem"
An affix is a morpheme that is attached to a word stem to form a new word. Affixes may be derivational, like English -ness and pre-, or inflectional, like English plural -s and past tense -ed. They are bound morphemes by definition; prefixes and suffixes may be separable affixes. Affixation is, thus, the linguistic process speakers use to form different words by adding morphemes at the beginning, the middle or the end of words.