How to Make an Adjective out of a Noun

rogersgeorge on November 17th, 2016

Tl;dr version: Add -y or -ey. Some of these constructions are common: we have a mess, and things can get messy. You can make a joke out of this, too: What’s brown and sticky? —a stick! Some other suffixes can make an adjective out of a noun, such as -some. Trouble, troublesome. But adding that y is the most versatile, I think. It means “having the characteristics of.” You can use it on any noun. Hence the last word in today’s comic, Betty:


This is a good example of how to use an optional hyphen. You can put it in to make the meaning clear.

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2 Responses to “How to Make an Adjective out of a Noun”

  1. Since Rogers is my brother, I often catch myself doing Rogersy things. That scares me. A lot.

  2. It should!


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