35+ Words That End in 'Phile' (And Why)

By Shanea Patterson, updated on March 8, 2023

In learning the English language, you might not know that there are tons of words that end in ‘phile.’ And you might be wondering why and what the suffix even means. Well, we’ll go over that in this article, plus teach you what the suffix means and how to use certain words containing that suffix in a sentence.

If you need a quick answer, here it is.

  • Certain words end in ‘phile’, and they come from the Greek word ‘philos,’ which means ‘lover’ or ‘lover of’ or ‘enthusiast for.’

Words That End in ‘Phile’

There are tons of words in the English language that end in ‘phile.’

Let’s take a look at some of them and their meanings.

  • Bibliophile – Lover of books
  • Logophile – Lover of words
  • Technophile – Lover of technology
  • Afrophile – Lover of Africa or African culture
  • Cinephile – Lover of movies/cinema
  • Acrophile – Lover of mountains or alpine regions
  • Nyctophile – Lover of night or darkness
  • Europhile – Lover of Europe or European culture
  • Clinophile – Lover of reclining or lying in bed
  • Chionophile – Lover of cold weather
  • Astrophile – Lover of stars and/or astronomy
  • Robophile – Lover of robots and things associated with them
  • Hippophile – Lover of horses
  • Dogophile – Lover of dogs
  • Coimetrophile – Lover of cemeteries
  • Asiaphile – Lover of Asia and Asian culture
  • Retrophile – Lover of artifacts and aesthetics from the past
  • Autophile – Automobile enthusiast; could also mean someone who loves being alone
  • Logophile – Lover of words or a word buff
  • Redophile – Someone attracted to redheads
  • Oenophile – Lover of wine
  • Ailurophile – Someone who loves cats
  • Ceraunophile – Someone who loves lightning and thunder
  • Discophile – Lover of vinyl records
  • Limnophile – Lover of lakes
  • Pogonophile – Lover of beards
  • Acrophile – Lover (and collector) of teddy bears
  • Stigmatophile – Lover of tattoos and/or piercings
  • Thalassophile – Lover of the sea or the ocean
  • Japaophile – Lover of Japan or Japanese culture
  • Theophile – Lover of God
  • Technophile – Lover of technology
  • Anthophile – Lover of flowers
  • Dendrophile – Lover of trees and forests

There are also some words that describe disturbing affinities, like the following:

  • Pedophile - Someone attracted to children
  • Necrophile - Someone who's sexually attracted to dead bodies

You get the idea. There are a lot of words that end in ‘phile’, and usually, you can guess what they might mean. But to be on the safe side, always research before using a word you’re not familiar with.

These words end in 'phile' because it's derived from the Greek word 'philos,' which means lover of or enthusiast of.

Definition and Meaning of ‘Phile’

Now that we know what the suffix means let’s go a little deeper and see what the official Oxford definition is.

It says the definition of ‘phile’ is:

  • Denoting fondness for a specified thing.

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce ‘Phile’

Wondering how to pronounce this suffix? Here’s a short guide.

To pronounce the suffix correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:


How to Use ‘Phile’ in a Sentence

Now that we know a little bit about what the suffix means and how to pronounce it let’s see some examples of how to use it attached to a word in a sentence.

  • My daughter is a real bibliophile. She loves books, and she’s always buying more than she can read at one time.
  • After visiting South Africa, I’ve been transformed into an Afrophile. I love this culture!
  • My mom always told me she loved France so much she referred to herself as a Francophile.
  • Are we going to pretend that he’s not a complete robophile? He’s always tinkering with robots in his robotics lab.
  • My niece is a real acrophile. She’s always exploring some mountainous region somewhere.
  • My favorite cinephile and I always catch the latest movies at the theater as soon as they’re released. Then she writes about them on her blog.

Final Thoughts on Words that End in ‘Phile’

To recap, we learned that some words end in ‘phile’, which simply means that one is a lover or enthusiast of something.

The suffix ‘phile’ comes from the Greek word ‘philos.’

If you ever get stuck on anything, you can always come back here and refresh your memory. We’ve got a ton of content on other confusing words and phrases you might come across while learning the language. Don’t be afraid to go check it out.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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