This suffix is added to the end of many nouns to create an adjective. For example, a deadly poison can be described as poisonous.
The meaning of words using this suffix is often clear if you look at the root of the word:
* adventurous = full of adventure
courageous = abounding in courage
dangerous = abounding in danger
* famous = full of fame
gaseous = having the qualities of a gas
glamorous = abounding in glamor
gracious = full of grace
nervous = full of nerves
* hazardous = full of hazards
* joyous = abounding in joy
* miraculous = having the qualities of a miracle
monstrous = having the qualities of a monster
scandalous = having the qualities of a scandal
The words marked with a star (*) may appear in the Bonus Words section of an upcoming spelling test! They were selected by our Grade 7s!
Some words with this spelling do not hint at their meaning so easily (i.e. obvious, ravenous, jealous, or tremendous). Yet, if you took the time to research the origin of these kinds of words, you would probably find a good explanation as to the spelling of word!