-some
I. adjective suffix Etymology: Middle English -som, from Old English -sum; akin to Old High German -sam -some, Old English sum some characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action <
awesome
>
<
burdensome
>
<
cuddlesome
>
II. noun suffix Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) -sum, from Middle English sum, pronoun, one, some group of (so many) members and especially persons <
foursome
>
III. noun combining form Etymology: New Latin -somat-, -soma, from Greek sōmat-, sōma 1. body <
chromosome
>
2. chromosome <
monosome
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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