a suffix originally occurring in adjectives borrowed from latin (fict-tious); on this model, used with stems of other origin (b-mptious).
also, -ious, -ous.
adjective (in combination) about to be; future a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be
a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words. compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy. -tome combining form indicating an instrument for cutting osteotome word origin from greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut -tome suff. part; area; segment: dermatome. cutting instrument: […]
a combining form meaning “cut, divided,” used in the formation of compound words: dichotomous.
a combining form meaning “cutting, incision” of an organ, “excision” of an object, as specified by the initial element (appendectomy; lithotomy); also occurring in abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -tomous, (dichotomy). compare -tome, tomo-, -tomous. -tomy combining form indicating a surgical cutting of a specified part or tissue lobotomy word origin from greek […]
a suffix formerly used to form nouns from adjectives: simpleton; singleton.