noun Chiefly Scot.

  1. friend.
  2. uncle.

  1. a suffix used principally in linguistics to form nouns with the sense “significant contrastive unit,” at the level of language specified by the stem: morpheme; tagmeme.

suffix forming nouns

  1. linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a languagemorpheme; phoneme

in linguistics, noted as an active suffix and word-formation element from 1953; from French -ème “unit, sound,” from phonème (see phoneme).

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