Formation of Feminine Nouns



Formation of Feminine Nouns :



(a) Different word is used for the Feminine Gender.

Masculine…..Feminine

1. Adam…..eve
2. Bachelor…..maid
3. Bachelor…..spinster
4. Boy…..girl
5. Brother…..sister
6. Buck…..doe
7. Bull…..cow
8. Bullock…..heifer
9. Cock…..hen
10. Colt…..filly
11. Dog…..bitch
12. Drake…..duck
13. Drone…..bee
14. Earl…..countess
15. Father…..mother
16. Friar…..nun
17. Gander…..goose
18. Gentleman…..lady
19. Hart…..roe
20. Horse…..mare
21. Husband…..wife
22. King…..queen
23. Lord…..lady
24. Man…..woman
25. Monk…..nun
26. Nephew…..niece
27. Ox…..cow
28. Papa…..mamma
29. Sir…..madam
30. Son…..daughter
31. Stag…..hind
32. Uncle…..aunt
33. Wizard…..witch

(b) By adding a syllable (ESS, INE, TRIX, A etc.), Feminine nouns are formed.

Masculine…..Feminine

1. Author….. authoress
2. Baron….. baroness
3. Count….. countess
4. Giant….. giantess
5. Heir….. heiress
6. Host….. hostess
7. Jew….. jewess
8. Lion…..lioness
9. Major….. majoress
10. Manager….. manageress
11. Patron….. patroness
12. Peer….. peeress
13. Poet….. poetess
14. Priest….. priestess
15. Prophet….. prophetess
16. Shepherd….. shepherdess
17. Steward….. stewardess
18. Viscount…..viscountess

(c) But in the following, ESS is added to the masculine to form the feminine after dropping the vowel of the masculine ending.

Masculine…..Feminine

1. Actor….. actress
2. Benefactor….. benefactress
3. Conductor….. conductress
4. Enchanter….. enchantress
5. Founder….. foundress
6. Hunter….. huntress
7. Instructor….. instructress
8. Negro….. negress
9. Abbot….. abbess
10. Duke….. duchess
11. Emperor….. empress
12. Marquis….. marchioness
13. Preceptor….. preceptress
14. Prince….. princess
15. Songster…..songstress
16. Tempter….. temptress
17. Seamster….. seamstress
18. Tiger….. tigress
19. Traitor….. traitress
20. Waiter….. waitress
21. Master….. mistress
22. Murderer….. murderess
23. Sorcerer…..sorceress

Note : Usually ESS is the suffix used to form feminine nouns from the masculine.

(d) Masculine…..Feminine

1. Hero…..heroine
2. Administrator…..administratrix
3. Executor….. executrix
4. Testator….. testatrix
5. Czar….. czarina
6. Sultan….. sultana
7. Signor….. signora
8. Fox…..vixen

(e) Feminine nouns are formed by placing a word before or after the Masculine noun in the following.

Masculine…..Feminine

1. Bull-calf….. cow-calf
2. Cock-sparrow….. hen-sparrow
3. He-goat….. she-goat
4. He-bear….. She-bear
5. Jack-ass….. jenny-ass
6. Man-servant….. maid-servant
7. Grand father….. grand mother
8. Great uncle….. Great aunt
9. Land lord….. land lady
10. Milk man….. milk maid
11. Peacock….. peahen
12. Washer man…..washer woman

Generally people are he or she and things are it. But, some animals are having intelligence. They are often addressed as he or she, as they are thought of having individuality or personality. Of course, they have their own feelings.

Pet animals are treated like human beings by their owners.

They are also named and called as such.

(a) Go and get the cat and put him out.
(b) Long, long ago, there lived a rabbit, called Renu. He lived in a hole.
(c) Our Sita is upset and worried. She does not give as much milk as she used to give before.

(He or she is applied to wild animals also.)

(d) The fox has escaped. But very soon I will get at him.
(e) His dog has gone mad. It has to be shot at.
(f) Weasel is a small thin furrY animal. It can kill other animals.

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