Useful etymology


English word useful comes from English use, English -ful

Etymology of useful

Detailed word origin of useful

Dictionary entry Language Definition
use English (en) (dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.. (intransitive) To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.. (intransitive, now, rare, literary) To habitually do; to be wont to do.. (intransitive, past tense with infinitive) To habitually do. See used to.. (reflexive, obsolete) To become accustomed (to), to accustom oneself (to).. [...]
-ful English (en) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
useful English (en) Having a practical or beneficial use.

Words with the same origin as useful

Descendants of -ful

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