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In fact, yes; good point. You can turn many adjectives into pluralized nouns: The yellows (the team in yellow t-shirts) The dispassionates (phlegmatic people) Your smarts (your know-how) Hello, my pretties (a pimp's greeting, I suppose) Put your briefs in the hamper (underpants) The indolents (the rentier class) Some you have to do additional work on: ...
The only ones I can think of are "green" (the color) and "greens" (meaning vegetables), "red" and "reds" (communists) and "blue" and "blues" (feeling sad).
The morpheme -less seems to be only attachable to most nouns. Try it with adjectives and it doesn't work: happyless is one and it sounds very wrong.
The suffix '-ness' is defined in the OED as forming abstract nouns from adverbs: Forming abstract nouns from adjectives, participles, adjectival phrases, and (more rarely) nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adverbs. ["-ness, suffix". OED Online. September 2015. Oxford University Press. ...
I would say No, there is no suffix which can be added to an adverb to form a noun. There is the noun-forming suffix -ness which can be added to many adjectives: hard/hardness, red/redness, etc, but it doesn't apply to all (strongness is strength) and it doesn't apply to adverbs. Even where fast might be an adverb meaning quickly (as opposed to an adjective ...
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