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Webster 1913 Edition


-ant

-ant

.
[F.
-ant
, fr. L.
-antem
or
-entem
, the pr. p. ending; also sometimes directly from L.
-antem
.]
A suffix sometimes marking the agent for action;
as, merch
ant
, coven
ant
, serv
ant
, pleas
ant
, etc.
Cf.
-ent
.

Definition 2021


-ant

-ant

See also: Appendix:Variations of "ant"

English

Suffix

-ant

  1. (now sciences, chiefly medicine) The agent noun derived from verb.
  2. An adjective corresponding to a noun in -ance.
  3. (uncommon) An adjective derived from a verb.
  4. Alternative form of -and
    blatant, blicant; flippant

Usage notes

  • Many words in -ant were not actually coined in English and rather borrowed directly from Old French, Middle French or Modern French.

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Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:English_words_suffixed_with_-ant'>English words suffixed with -ant</a>

Dutch

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ant m (plural -anten, feminine -ante)

  1. appended to the stem of a verb, it yields a noun which signifies the subject who performs the action of that verb (see agent noun)

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Dutch_words_suffixed_with_-ant'>Dutch words suffixed with -ant</a>

French

Etymology

From Old French -ant, from Latin -āns, -āntem, -ēns, -entem. Compare Italian -ante, -ente, Spanish -ante, -ente, -iente.

Suffix

-ant

  1. -ing; suffix denoting the present participle of a verb
    jouer (to play) → jouant (playing)
  2. (rare) A suffix deriving adjectives from words other than verbs.
    abracadabraabracadabrant
  3. Used to form nouns and adjectives out of verbs.

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Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ɒnt]

Suffix

-ant

  1. (instantaneous suffix) Added to a stem - often an onomatopoeia - to form a verb expressing an instantaneous action.
    pillant (to glance)

Usage notes

  • (instantaneous suffix) Harmonic variants:
    -ant is added to back vowel words
    -ent is added to front vowel words

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Hungarian_verbs_suffixed_with_-ant'>Hungarian verbs suffixed with -ant</a>

See also

  • -int
  • Appendix:Hungarian suffixes

Latin

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of

Middle French

Suffix

-ant

  1. used to form the present participle of verbs

Old French

Etymology

From Latin -āns, -āntem, -ēns, -entem.

Suffix

-ant

  1. used to form the present participle of verbs

Related terms

Descendants