List of Suffixes
Our list of suffixes contains many of
suffixes in the English language. There are many more. Words are at varying degrees of difficulty.
convenience, we’ve also included a brief meaning
and ten example words for each one. Print the list and keep it has a handy reference tool in your
notebook or on
the classroom wall.
Here are screenshots of the words on our printable list:
Here's the rest of our printable list of suffixes:
-ary: pertaining to, connected with
-en: forms verbs from nouns or adjectives, or adjectives from nouns
-ful: full of
-fy: to make
-ic, -ac, -il, -ile: of, like pertaining to
-ish: like, pertaining to
-ist: one who makes or does
-ity: stay or condition
-ive: having the nature of
-ize: to cause to become
-ology: study of, science of
-ly: characteristic of
-ment: condition of
-ness: state or condition of
-ous: having the qualities of
-tion, -sion, -ion: state, condition, action, process or result
-y: full of, somewhat, or somewhat like
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Be sure to add your own suffixes to our lists of
examples, especially if you
encounter words with certain endings that are difficult for you or your students to
on teaching one suffix at a time, especially with younger students. Ask
your learners to list more words throughout the day or week that share
the same suffix as you compile longer classroom lists.
As always, be sure to use new words in context. Encourage students to use the new suffix words orally and in written work.
If you found our list of suffixes to be helpful, we think you'll also enjoy some of these lessons and teaching tips.
- Students who master these ten spelling rules/strategies are sure to
become better spellers! We clearly state the "rule" and provide
examples of words spelled correctly when following the rule.
misspelled words: Study this list to boost your
spelling abilities. Everybody
has a few spelling glitches!
to Teach Spelling
- Teachers, start here! We provide key
guidelines for anyone who is trying to teach spelling, regardless the
age of the student.
Here's a step-by-step free spelling lesson
about learning to spell those tricky EI/IE words. We give you lots of
practice, and a huge word list to work with. Determine to master these
Another Step-by-Step Lesson -
This one methodically teaches when to double, and when not to
double, the final consonant when adding suffixes. Free and printable.
Try our ideas for Spelling
The more practice the better! Here are 20 fabulous, flexible ideas for any list
spelling words. Several ideas include input from a family
Hard Spelling Words
- This list includes words in which it's sometimes hard to remember if the consonants
are doubled when suffixes are added. It's a great way to reinforce the Step-By-Step lesson above.
- Lots of our games, worksheets and lesson plans are aligned to
the Common Core State Standards. See our list.
See more pages of tips for the correct spelling of words.