Definition of -ness in English:


Syllabification: -ness
Pronunciation: /nəs, nis


  • Forming nouns chiefly from adjectives:
  • 1Denoting a state or condition: liveliness sadness
  • 1.1An instance of this: a kindness
  • 2Something in a certain state: wilderness


Old English -nes, -ness, of Germanic origin.

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