The prefix, multi-, implies many, much or more than two. Words with the Prefix Multi- We created the list of words with the prefix multi- by referencing two dictionaries: Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary. We limited these words to those most appropriate for a child in grades 5 through 8 or ages 10 [...]
Prefixes are found at the beginning of a word; they are small but meaningful groups of letters that when added to the front or base of a word they contribute to the meaning of the word.
Knowing the meaning of prefixes will assist a child when encountering unknown words, it helps a child comprehend the meaning of word.
Most Common Prefixes
The following 20 prefixes are commonly used; representing approximately 97%.
|1||un||not, opposite of||uneasy, unhappy & unheard|
|2||re||again, back||return, restore & reset|
|not, opposite of||incomplete, impossible,
irregular & illegal
|4||dis||not, opposite||discomfort, disconnect & discover|
|5||en, em||cause to||endanger, enlarge & enjoy|
|6||non||not, opposite of||nonprofit, nonliving & nonessential|
|7||in, im||in or into||indulge, inflame & impact|
|8||over||too much, above||overtime, overweight & overthrow|
|9||mis||wrongly||misfit, misspell & misstep|
|10||sub||under, lower||subway, submerge & subsoil|
|11||pre||before||predict, prehistoric & preface|
|12||inter||between, among||intervene, interactive & international|
|13||fore||before||forefront, foreman & foresee|
|14||de||opposite of, down||decrease, defrost & deform|
|15||trans||across||transatlantic, transfer & transport|
|16||super||above, beyond||supermarket, supernatural & supersonic|
|17||semi||half||semicolon, semifinal & semicircle|
|18||anti||against||antisocial, antidote & antibody|
|19||mid||middle||midway, midsummer & midwinter|
|20||under||too little, below||underclothes, undercooked & underdog|
Source: Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
The prefix, mono- and mon-, implies one, single or alone. Words with the Prefix Mono- and Mon- We created the list of words with the prefix mono- and mon- by referencing two dictionaries: Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary. We limited these words to those most appropriate for a child in grades 5 through [...]
The prefix, bio-, implies of or related to life or living organisms. Words with the Prefix Bio- We created the list of words with the prefix bio- by referencing two dictionaries: Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary. We limited the bio- words to those most appropriate for a child in grades 5 through 8 [...]
The prefix, under- , implies too little; below. Words with the Prefix Under- Word Definition underarmunder the arm or in the armpit underbrushshrubs and small trees growing among large trees underclothesunderwear; clothes worn under outer clothes undercookednot cooked enough undercurrentthe flow of water that moves below the surface underdoga person or team thought to have [...]
Prefixes are small but meaningful groups of letters that when added to the beginning of a word contributes to its meaning. Numbers prefixes tell you how many there are of a particular thing. Numbers Prefix The list below contains prefixes expressing number.
The prefix, dys-, indicates abnormal, impaired, difficult or bad. Words with the Prefix Dys- Word Definition dyscrasiaan abnormal bodily condition caused by poisons in the blood dysenterya disease marked especially by severe bloody diarrhea (adj. dysenteric) dysfunction not performing normally, as an organ or structure of the body; malfunctioning (adj. dysfunctional) dysgenic pertaining to or [...]