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-y, -ey suffix forming adjectives
  1. (from nouns) characterized by; consisting of; filled with; relating to; resembling: sunny, sandy, smoky, classy
  2. (from verbs) tending to; acting or existing as specified: leaky, shiny
Etymology: from Old English -ig, -ǣg
-y, -ie, -ey suffix informal
  1. denoting smallness and expressing affection and familiarity: a doggy, a granny, Jamie
  2. a person or thing concerned with or characterized by being: a groupie, a fatty
Etymology: 14th Century: from Scottish -ie, -y, familiar suffix occurring originally in names, as in Jamie (James)
-y suffix forming nouns
  1. (from verbs) indicating the act of doing what is indicated by the verbal element: inquiry
  2. (esp with combining forms of Greek, Latin, or French origin) indicating state, condition, or quality: geography, jealousy
Etymology: from Old French -ie, from Latin -ia



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