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 Example: earthen Example: leathern II. verb suffix Etymology: Middle English -nen, from Old English -nian; akin to Old High German -inōn -en 1. a. cause to be Example: sharpen b. cause to have Example: lengthen 2. a. come to be Example: steepen b. come to have Example: lengthen

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