-en
I. adjective suffix also -n Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German -īn made of, Latin -īnus of or belonging to, Greek -inos made of, of or belonging to made of ; consisting of <
earthen
>
<
leathern
>
II. verb suffix Etymology: Middle English -nen, from Old English -nian; akin to Old High German -inōn -en 1. a. cause to be <
sharpen
>
b. cause to have <
lengthen
>
2. a. come to be <
steepen
>
b. come to have <
lengthen
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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