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Adjective-Forming Suffixes

Adjectives in -ous


In this series of lists of adjective-forming suffixes, I present this collection of adjectives with the suffix '-ous' in alphabetical order. You can also check:
  • adjectives with the suffix '-ful' e.g. careful, helpful ...
  • adjectives with the suffix '-less' e.g. careless, helpless ...
  • adjectives with the suffix '-some' e.g. tiresome, handsome ...

  • Adjectives that begin with the letter ...
    A       B       C      D + E      F + G       H       I      J + K      L + M      N + O       P      Q + R       S      T + U      V + W       X+Y+Z










    A

    - Abstemious: self-denying | self-disciplined | moderate
    - Acrimonious: bitter | spiteful | angry
    - Adulterous: disloyal | untrue | faithless
    - Advantageous: beneficial | profitable | valuable
    - Adventitious: accidental
    - Adventurous: daring | bold | brave
    - Ambiguous: vague | unclear | indistinct
    - Ambitious: determined | motivated | pushy
    - Amorous: ardent | passionate | affectionate
    - Amorphous: formless | vague | unstructured
    - Analogous: similar | equivalent | parallel
    - Androgynous: genderless | can be male & female at the same time.
    - Anomalous: irregular | abnormal | inconsistent
    - Anonymous: nameless | unidentified | unknown
    - Anxious: uneasy | worried | restless
    - Aqueous: in connection with water
    - Arduous: difficult | hard | tough
    - Assiduous: diligent | persevering | attentive
    - Atrocious: horrible | horrific | terrible
    - Audacious: overconfident | brave | bold

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    B

    - Barbarous: cruel | shocking | showing a lack of education
    - Bilious: creating an unpleasant effect. | bad-tempered | angry
    - Bituminous: containing bitumen
    - Boisterous: noisy | energetic | lively | animated
    - Bounteous: plentiful | overflowing | ample

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    C

    - Callous: unfeeling | heartless | uncaring
    - Cantankerous: irritable | hot-tempered | complaining
    - Censorious: disapproving | critical | stern
    - Chivalrous: gallant | courteous | polite
    - Clamorous: noisy | loud | vociferous
    - Continuous: incessant | constant | permanent
    - Contemptuous: disapproving | scornful | disdainful
    - Contentious: arguable | debatable | controversial
    - Capricious: impulsive | changeable | unreliable
    - Cautious: vigilant | watchful | alert | careful
    - Conscientious: careful | thorough | diligent
    - Conscious: awake | aware | mindful
    - Contemporaneous: contemporary | of that period | simultaneous
    - Copious: abundant | plentiful | numerous
    - Courageous: brave | gusty | daring | bold
    - Courteous: polite | well-mannered |
    - Covetous: desirous | envious | jealous | greedy
    - Credulous: nave | innocent | uncritical
    - Curious: nosy | snooping | inquisitive | inquiring

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    D

    - Dangerous: unsafe | hazardous | risky
    - Deleterious: harmful | venomous | toxic
    - Delicious: tasty | appetizing | yummy
    - Desirous: eager | wanting | wishing for
    - Devious: deceitful | tricky | Machiavellian
    - Dexterous: skilful | adroit | handy
    - Disastrous: catastrophic | terrible | devastating

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    E

    - Enormous: huge | vast | massive
    - Envious: jealous | green with envy
    - Erroneous: mistaken | incorrect | invalid

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    F

    - Fabulous: great | tremendous | marvellous
    - Fallacious: untrue | misleading | wrong
    - Famous: well-known | famed | celebrated
    - Fastidious: fussy | picky | difficult
    - Ferocious: wild | fierce | brutal
    - Fractious: irritable | peevish | restless
    - Furious: angry | fumed | livid

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    G

    - Generous: kind | liberal | charitable | open-handed
    - Glamorous: alluring | exciting | fascinating
    - Gorgeous: beautiful | attractive | good-looking
    - Gracious: cordial | genial | sociable
    - Grievous: grave | serious | severe

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    H

    - Hazardous: dangerous | unsafe | perilous |
    - Hilarious: amusing | very funny v entertaining | comical
    - Heinous: dreadful | monstrous | odious
    - Hideous: ugly | revolting | repugnant
    - Homogeneous: uniform | identical | all the same | harmonized
    - Heterogeneous: varied | mixed | assorted
    - Humorous: funny | amusing | entertaining

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    I

    - Igneous (of rocks) formed from magma.
    - Illustrious: famous | memorable | well-known
    - Impious: sinful | wicked | bad
    - Incommodious: inconvenient | troublesome - annoying
    - Industrious: hard-working | busy | active
    - Infamous: wicked | notorious | legendary
    - Ingenious: clever | creative | inventive
    - Ingenuous: frank | candid | innocent
    - Iniquitous: wicked | sinful | unfair
    - Injurious: harmful | damaging | detrimental
    - Instantaneous: immediate | instant | direct
    - Insalubrious: unhealthy | unsavoury | unhygienic
    - Invidious: offensive | difficult | unpleasant

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    J

    - Jealous: envious | green | protective

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    K

    [No adjectives found]

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    L

    - Laborious: difficult | backbreaking | lengthy
    - Ludicrous: absurd | stupid | ridiculous
    - Luscious: juicy | delicious | succulent
    - Luxurious: comfortable | comfy | deluxe

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    M

    - Malicious: hateful | spiteful | wicked
    - Malodorous: scented | odorous | aromatic
    - Marvelous: tremendous | wonderful | amazing
    - Meticulous: careful | particular | scrupulous
    - Mischievous: naughty | bad | harmful
    - Monotonous: dull | repetitive | boring
    - Monstrous: grotesque | hideous | gruesome
    - Mountainous: hilly | rocky | precipitous
    - Mutinous: rebellious | disobedient | revolutionary
    - Mysterious: strange | odd | puzzling

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    N

    - Nebulous: vague | imprecise | hazy
    - Nervous: anxious | worried | edgy
    - Noxious: harmful | toxic | deadly
    - Notorious: infamous | disreputable | tarnished
    - Numerous: many | plentiful | several
    - Nutritious: nourishing | wholesome | healthful

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    O

    - Oblivious: unaware | forgetful | unmindful
    - Obnoxious: hateful | horrible | detestable
    - Obsequious: flattering | toadying | submissive
    - Obstreperous: aggressive | argumentative | hostile
    - Odious: abhorrent | repellent | repulsive
    - Odorous: scented | malodorous | aromatic
    - Officious: bossy | bureaucratic | intrusive
    - Omnivorous: having particular interest in something (e.g. an omnivorous player)
    - Onerous: arduous | tedious | tiring
    - Ostentatious: pretentious | showy | grandiose
    - Outrageous: shameful | disgraceful | shocking

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    P

    - Perfidious: dishonest | lying | disloyal
    - Perilous: dangerous | terrifying | unsafe
    - Pious: religious | moral | virtual | devout
    - Plenteous: plentiful | abundant | bounteous
    - Poisonous: toxic | venomous | lethal
    - Pompous: arrogant | self-important | snobbish
    - Portentous: arrogant | haughty | proud
    - Precarious: dangerous | insecure | shaky
    - Precious: valuable | costly | expensive
    - Precipitous: steep | sheer | abrupt
    - Preposterous: outlandish | ridiculous | unbelievable
    - Presumptuous: arrogant | bold | insolent
    - Pretentious: exaggerated | showy | conceited
    - Prosperous: wealthy | affluent | rich | successful

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    Q

    - Querulous: argumentative | hot-tempered | confrontational

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    R

    - Raucous: rough | harsh | hoarse
    - Rancorous: unforgiving | vengeful | resentful
    - Rebellious: disobedient | unruly | insubordinate
    - Religious: holy | sacred | devout | spiritual
    - Ridiculous: silly | absurd | ludicrous
    - Righteous: virtuous | upright | moral | good
    - Rigorous: exact | precise | accurate
    - Riotous: violent | disorderly | uncontrolled
    - Ruinous: disastrous | harmful | damaging

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    S

    - Sanctimonious: self-righteous | pious | smug
    - Scandalous: indecent | immoral | shameful
    - Scrumptious: delicious | delectable | mouthwatering
    - Scrupulous: conscientious | careful | thorough
    - Seditious: subversive | treasonable | rebellious
    - Serious: grave | grim | solemn
    - Simultaneous: concurrent | immediate | instantaneous
    - Specious: false | hollow | unfounded
    - Superstitious: irrational | illogical | credulous
    - Suspicious: doubtful | disbelieving | chary

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    T

    - Tedious: boring | dull | deadly| dreary
    - Tenuous: weak | shaky | feeble
    - Traitorous: disloyal | false | untrue
    - Treacherous: unfaithful | deceitful | disloyal
    - Tremulous: unsteady | trembling | shaky

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    U

    - Unconscious: lifeless | unaware | comatose
    - Uproarious: hilarious | very funny | hysterical

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    V

    - Various: diverse | different | assorted
    - Venomous: poisonous | deadly | noxious
    - Vicious: cruel | nasty | violent | inhuman
    - Vigorous: energetic | dynamic | vital
    - Villainous: infamous | ill-famed | evil
    - Virtuous: good | upright | honorable
    - Vociferous: vocal | loud | noisy

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    W

    - Wondrous: strange | beautiful | impressive

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    X

    [No adjectives found]

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    Y

    [No adjectives found]

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    Z

    - Zealous: eager | enthusiastic | keen | passionate

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    This list is primarily dedicated to all the world wide students asking me to provide them with short and long adjectives as well as adjectives that start with a letter of alphabet or another. I didn't get the point behind their requests and I never asked; but I'm trying to provide them with a series of adjectives to enrich their vocabulary repertoire, to vary their diction; and make their language affluent, fluent and wide-ranging..