Part of speech:

Denoting possession or presence of a quality; as, membranous.

Part of speech:

Denoting a compound in which the element to which it is affixed has a less valence than in compounds whose names end in - ic.

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Usage examples "ous":

  1. " I am Big Buck Bradley, manager, owner and sole proprietor of Buck Bradley's Unparalleled Monst- er- ous and Unsurpassed Wild West Show and Congress of Cowboys," came back the answer. - "The Border Boys Across the Frontier", Fremont B. Deering.
  2. 131. What does Ous signify? - "1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading", B. A. Hathaway.
  3. Walker, in his Rhyming Dictionary, gives one hundred and twenty words ending in eous, in all of which he separates these vowels; as in ex- tra- ne- ous. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.