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-ke

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Dutch

Etymology

Cognate with German -chen.

Suffix

-ke n. (plural -kes)

  1. variety of -je.

Finnish

Suffix

-ke

  1. A noun suffix to build diminutives from nouns.
  • aalto (wave) → aalloke (wavelet)
  • siipi (wing) → siiveke (aileron)
  • lause (sentence) → lauseke (expression)
  1. A suffix to build nouns from verbs. About 40 such words exist in the Finnish language.
  • elää (to live) → eläke (pension)
  • seisahtaa (to stand still) → seisake (a stop)
  1. (rare) A suffix to build nouns from adjectives. About ten such words exist in the Finnish language.
  • lämmin (warm) → lämmike (something used to warm up)

Derived terms

References

  • § 257 ke-sanojen koostumus ja merkitys, Iso suomen kielioppi, 2004[1]

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