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The productive suffixoid-brol forms nouns with common gender from other nouns. The noun related to the suffix is brol mess. An example of a derivation ending in -brol is papier paper > papierbrol paper mess. The derivations always have a more or less collective element in them.

[+]General properties

The suffix -brol can be attached to nouns. The derivations have two features in common: (1) they are collective nouns and (2) they describe something messy. The table below provides some examples:

Table 1
Base form Derivation
boek book boekebrol book mess
papier paper papierbrol paper mess
kompjûter computer kompjûterbrol computer mess
snoer wire snoerebrol wire mess
stâle stem stâlebrol stem mess
-Brol is a suffixoid: as a suffix it grammaticalized from the noun brol mess. It also kept the common gender of this noun. The word papier paper for instance is neuter, while papierbrol paper mess is common.


In some derivations the linking element [ə] has been inserted. An example is snoer wire > snoerebrol wire mess.

[+]More suffixes that form collective nouns

-Brol is not the only suffix that forms collective nouns. Comparable suffixes are:

  • -boel: hok shed > hokkeboel sheds;
  • -brot: krant newspaper > krantebrot newspapers;
  • -dom: minsk human > minskdom humanity;
  • -emint: kaak jaw > kakemint the lower and upper jaw;
  • -guod: fûgel bird > fûgelguod birds;
  • -heid: minsk human being > minskheid humanity;
  • -spul: bist animal > bistespul animals;
  • -wurk: skonk leg > skonkwurk legs.