80 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes, Definition and Example Sentences Pdf

80 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes, Definition and Example Sentences

What are prefixes?

The group of letters that comes at the start of a word and changes its meaning is known as the prefixes. Some examples of prefixes are given below.

What are suffixes?

The group of letters that comes at the end of any words and changes its meaning is known as the suffixes. Some common examples of suffixes are given below.

List of Suffixes

Suffixes Meaning Example
-ful notable for  woeful
-er, -or one who  the narrator
-ious, -ous characterized by  studious
-en become  strengthen
-ly in what manner something is being done  honestly
-y characterized by  greasy
-ate become  enunciate
-al pertaining to  emotional
-ic, -ical pertaining to  domestic
-ive having the nature of  divisive
-acy state or quality  delicacy
-esque reminiscent of  burlesque
-dom state of being  boredom
-ward in a certain direction  awkward
-ance, -ence state or quality  assurance
-able, -ible capable of being  abominable
-sion, -tion state of being  abbreviation
-ize, -ise* become  socialize
-ish having the quality of  snobbish
-ism doctrine, belief  skepticism
-ness state of being  rudeness
-ify, -fy make or become  rectify
-al act or process of  rebuttal
-ment condition of  punishment
-ist one who  plagiarist
-ity, -ty quality of  parity
-wise in relation to  lengthwise
-less without  lawless
-ship position held  kinship


Suffixes with Meaning and Example Sentences

  1. -less

Meaning: without

The film is set in a lawless city sometime in the future.

  1. -ship

Meaning: position held

However, I do feel a kinship to this Elizabeth woman.

  1. -ment

Meaning: condition of

The punishment for murder is life imprisonment.

  1. -y

Meaning: characterized by

The sink was piled high with greasy dishes.

  1. -ate

Meaning: become

We can eradicate this disease from the world.

  1. -al

Meaning: pertaining to

Her emotional speech made me cry.


List Of Prefixes

Here are some common Prefixes in English:

Prefix Meaning Example
Un- Not Unfriendly
Under- Under Understand
tri- three triangle
therm- heat thermometer
sub- under submarine
Sub- Under Subeditor
semi- half semi-final
re- again return
pre- before prefix
Pre- Before Prefix
post- after post-mortem
para- beside paramedic
Over- Over Overlook
omni- all, every omnivore
non- not, without nonsense
mono- one, singular monobrow
mis- wrongly misinterpret
mid- middle midway
macro- large macroeconomics
inter-, intra- between intermediate
im-, in- into insert
In-, im-, il-, ir- Not Injustice
infra- beneath, below infrared
In- İn Infield
Im- İn Imbalance
il-, im-, in-, ir- not illegal
hyper- over, above hyperactive
homo- same homonuclear
Fore- Before Forecast
extra- beyond, more than extraordinary
ex- former, out of ex-boyfriend
Prefix Meaning Example
ethno race, nation ethnography
equi equal equidistant
epi- upon, close to, after episcope
endo internal endocrine
em-, en- cause to, put into encode
En- Cause to Encode
en to cause, provide enable
Em- Cause to Embrace
dys bad, abnormal dysfunction
di two divert
dia through, across diameter
demi half Demigod
de- off, down, away from defrost
deca ten decathlon
counter opposite counterclockwise
co- with co-pilot
contra against contradict
con with, jointly concur
co with, together coexist
circum- around circumvent
bi two, twice Biannual
bene good benevolent
be about, become befriend
auto self automobile
at to, toward attend
a at, in, on, to asleep
arch chief, most important Archangel
anti- against, opposing antidepressant
ante- before antenatal
ante before Antecedent
ambi both Ambidextrous
ad to, toward, near Adjacent
a not, without abyss
ab from, away Abnormal



Meaning: Over

Don’t overlook yard sales and garage sales.


Meaning: all, every



Meaning: not, without

I do not like his nonsense behavior.


Meaning: one, singular

He’s always monopolizing the conversation.


Meaning: wrongly

It would be easy to misinterpret results from such a small sample.