Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms
The noun hope is a root word. Complex words that are derived from hope include hopeful, hopefully, hopefulness, hopeless, and hopelessness. (Malte Mueller/Getty Images)
In English grammar and morphology, a root is a word or word element (in other words, a morpheme) from which other words grow, usually through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. Also called a root word.
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From the Old English, "root"
Examples and Observations