|Definition - (Aka frequentative form | FREQ | FR) A form of a word that indicates repeated action.|
(1) Some frequentatives are formed by reduplicating a syllable (e.g. murmur).
(2) Some are formed by combining two different vowel grades of the same word (e.g. chitchat)
(3) Some add le (e.g. crackle and sniffle).
(4) Others add er (e.g. flicker and flutter).
Etymology - The word derives from the Latin grammatical term frequentativus.
Oxford English Dictionary - Its first citation in this sense is from 1533:
"Rescio … and a verbe frequentatiue of the same: rescisco."
( Udall Flowers Lat. Sp. 115)