-es
I. noun plural suffix Etymology: Middle English -es, -s — more at (1)-s — used to form the plural of most nouns that end in s <
glasses
>
, z <
fuzzes
>
, sh <
bushes
>
, ch <
peaches
>
, or a final y that changes to i <
ladies
>
and of some nouns ending in f that changes to v <
loaves
>
— compare -s I II. verb suffix Etymology: Middle English — more at (3)-s — used to form the third person singular present of most verbs that end in s <
blesses
>
, z <
fizzes
>
, sh <
hushes
>
, ch <
catches
>
, or a final y that changes to i <
defies
>
— compare -s III

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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