One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming adjectives meaning.
- 1.1 Productive of.‘loathsome’
- 1.2 Characterized by being.‘wholesome’
- 1.1 Productive of.
- 2.1 Apt to.‘tiresome’
- 2.1 Apt to.
Old English -sum.
(forming nouns) denoting a group of a specified number.‘foursome’
Old English sum ‘some’.
Denoting a portion of a body, especially a particle of a cell.‘chromosome’
From Greek sōma ‘body’.
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