-ful etymology

English word -ful comes from Middle English -ful

Detailed word origin of -ful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ful Middle English (enm)
-ful English (eng) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.

Words with the same origin as -ful

Descendants of -ful
awful beautiful bountiful careful doubtful fearful frightful graceful grateful handful harmful helpful hopeful hurtful mindful mouthful painful plentiful spiteful tasteful thankful thoughtful useful vengeful wonderful