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 History of this Word

"phile" is from "hilos" (dear or beloved) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
basophilia
hygrophilous
anemophily
azurophil

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-phile" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates loving. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-phile illustration It is an honor indeed for this bibliophile to able to assist a bookman such as you in your research.
-phile illustration It is likely to be anaerobic or at least microaerophilic conditions that lead to odours.