Morphology & Rootsvocabulary lists

Power Suffix: -fy

Learn these words that contain the suffix "-fy", which means "to make into."
vilify, mollify, pacify, stultify, deify, reify, satisfy, intensify, exemplify, view list...
13 words

Power Prefix: ex-

Learn these ten words containing the prefix "ex-" -- meaning "out" or "up."
exceed, exception, excerpt, exalt, excavate, excel, exempt, exhale, exorcise, view list...
10 words

Power Prefix: pro

Learn these ten words with the prefix pro-, meaning "to go forth"or "put forth."
proceed, procession, proffer, proclaim, proficiency, prominent, propagate, proponent, proposition, view list...
10 words

More English Words that Derive from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 more common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The fate of the people who spoke these languages varies greatly, from tribes lost to history that we...
ipecac, cashew, cayenne, pirana, cougar, Petunia, pecan, skunk, tuxedo, view list...
15 words

English Words Derived from Hindi

There are many words that exist in English whose origin on the Indian subcontinent is clear. Words like chutney and yoga are part of everyday life for many people in the English-speaking world, and...
cushy, dungaree, bandana, chit, punch, cummerbund, sari, pundit, shampoo, view list...
15 words

Negatives with "in"

All the words below have the prefix "in-" meaning "not," as their first element. The problem is that even though many of the words have negative senses in Modern English, their positive counterparts...
insipid, incorrigible, indemnity, indolence, ineffable, inexorable, infest, infirm, ingrate, view list...
16 words

English Words Derived from Yiddish

Yiddish is an amalgam of German, Russian, Hebrew and many other languages that has persevered even though the fate of the people who speak it has been consistently in danger for centuries. The fact...
schmaltz, pastrami, pogrom, dreck, glitch, mensch, shtick, schlock, kvetch, view list...
15 words

Food and Drink Words with Arabic Roots

Most words come to us from the English language's Germanic roots, as well as a lot of Latin and Ancient Greek. There are, however, many English words that are actually derived from Arabic. Most of...
albacore, alcohol, apricot, artichoke, aubergine, carafe, caraway, coffee, couscous, view list...
18 words
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