Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-rel Also -erel.

Forming nouns.

[Old French -erel(le).]

Words often have a diminutive or derogatory sense: wastrel, a wasteful or good-for-nothing person (originally meaning a strip of uncultivated land, so deriving from waste); doggerel, comic verse composed in irregular rhythm (apparently from a contemptuous sense of dog, as in dog Latin); cockerel, a young domestic cock; scoundrel may be similarly derived, but nobody knows for sure. Other words come from a variety of unrelated sources: mackerel, minstrel, mongrel, squirrel.

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