-fold multiplicative suffix, from O.E. -feald, related to O.N. -faldr; Ger. -falt; Goth. falþs; Gk. -paltos, -plos; L. -plus. Crowded out in English by Latinate double, triple, etc., but still in MANIFOLD (Cf. manifold), HUNDREDFOLD (Cf. hundredfold), etc.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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