Definition of frequentative in English:

frequentative

Pronunciation /frēˈkwən(t)ədiv/ /friˈkwən(t)ədɪv/

adjective

Grammar
  • (of a verb or verbal form) expressing frequent repetition or intensity of action.

    ‘Both come from Latin ‘apto’, the frequentative form of ‘apo’, meaning ‘to fit, adapt, accommodate, apply, put on, adjust, etc.’’
    • ‘The prefix 'en' gives a frequentative aspect to the verb following it: the action repeats slowly.’
    • ‘One forms or recognizes a frequentative verb by adding an ‘o’ to the fourth principal part.’
    • ‘In Latin, frequentative verb forms came to replace the simple verbs, so the frequentative suffix may often be ignored.’
    • ‘Complete reduplication gives a verb frequentative force with, sometimes, diminished intensity.’

noun

Grammar
  • A frequentative verb or verbal form, e.g., chatter in English.

Origin

Mid 16th century from French fréquentatif, -ive or Latin frequentativus, from frequens, frequent- ‘crowded, frequent’.