I've come across with some word with this ending and I do not exactly what they mean. For example, pairwise or stepwise
Does this -wise ending have an special meaning ?
The suffix -wise has several meanings. It is added to a variety of words to make a new word.Originally Posted by Masfer
Function:adverb combining form
Etymology:Middle English, from Old English -w*san, from w*se manner * more at 1WISE
1 a : in the manner of *crabwise* *fanwise* b : in the position or direction of *endwise* *slantwise* *clockwise*
2 : with regard to : in respect of *stylewise*
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