Grammar Patterns

Combining forms

The '-haired' group

These combining forms combine with adjectives or, sometimes, colour words. The adjectives formed are used to describe a person, animal, or piece of clothing by indicating what one part is like.
A flock of black-billed cranes strut around the grass hoping to catch a tidbit from diners at the restaurant.
Brightly dressed in new, crisp clothes, rosy-cheeked and apparently friendly, they sit down to their juice and biscuits.
Suddenly the door burst open and a large, red-faced man in a short-sleeved shirt and Bermudas stepped in.
A dark-haired young woman with an English rose complexion came towards us.
  • -armed (graded)
  • -bellied
  • -billed
  • -boned (graded)
  • -bottomed
  • -breasted
  • -brimmed (graded)
  • -cheeked (graded)
  • -chested (graded)
  • -eyed
  • -faced (graded)
  • -footed (graded)
  • -haired (graded)
  • -hipped (graded)
  • -legged (graded)
  • -legged
  • -limbed (graded)
  • -lipped (graded)
  • -mouthed (graded)
  • -shirted
  • -skinned (graded)
  • -sleeved
  • -soled
  • -tailed
  • -trousered
  • -veined
  • -waisted (graded)
  • -winged
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