meaning of -ness

-ness meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element denoting activity, high quality, or condition, mounted on an adjective or previous participle to create an abstract noun, from Old English -nes(s), from Proto-Germanic *in-assu- (cognates: Old Saxon -nissi, Middle Dutch -nisse, Dutch -nis, Old High German -nissa, German -nis, Gothic -inassus), from *-in-, noun stem, + *-assu-, abstract noun suffix, probably from exact same root as Latin -tudo (see -tude).


-ness meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix accustomed form abstract nouns expressive of quality or condition; as, goodness, greatness.


-ness meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix regularly develop abstract nouns expressive of quality or condition; because, goodness, success.