1. Formed from a verb, such as the noun worker derived from the verb work.
2. Used in derivation from a verb, such as the suffix -er in teacher.
A deverbative word or element. Also called deverbal.


(dɪˈvɜːbətɪv) or


a word formed or derived from a verb
formed or derived from a verb


(diˈvɜr bə tɪv)

also de•verb′al,

1. (esp. of nouns) derived from a verb, as the noun driver from the verb drive.
2. indicating derivation from a verb, as the suffix -er in driver.
3. a deverbative word.
[1910–15; by analogy with denominative]
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puro to puristaa 'to squeeze, to wring out' and pursua 'to leak, to seep', thus assuming the Veps purde to have followed the same deverbative way (Raisanen 2010 : 515).
mad 'to rejoice' (semantically difficult in these two contexts), but is a fossilized deverbative of PIE [?
Deverbative jan-Verba des Allenglischen, vergleichend mil den iibrigen altgermanischen Sprachen dargestellt.
Section 4 is devoted to a brief outline of the finite-state modelling and implementation of Setswana noun and deverbative noun morphology, using the Xerox finite-state toolkit.
This article retraces the use of deverbative nouns (gerundive nominals) in two Mayan languages (Tojolabal and Kanjobal), as well as in Yaqui, a Uto-Aztec language, spoken in the Northern Mexican State of Sonora, and in Arizona, USA.
Deverbative abstracts are often formed with the prefixes m- or t-.
These are well discussed by Sauer as of the type: noun (also adjective or adverb) + (usually) deverbative -ere, and the varieties of the compound-formations in this poem are fully considered.
bairista- is an innovation vis-a-vis Greek, then the ability to govern an object could have developed in Old Iranian alongside the reinterpretation of the suffix as potentially deverbative, and separately from Vedic.
x) In this example, {-a} has been carried to the deverbative.
Tibor Mikola supposes that the inflection comes from the derivative suffix of deverbative adjectives (Mikola 1984 : 400).
When nouns are derived from verb roots, a noun prefix as well as a deverbative suffix is required, as illustrated in the following examples of nouns formed from the verb root -fund- learn:
The criterion for a verb or a deverbative to be included into the corpus is the location of its earliest citation within the time span from 1150 to 1500.