-y


1-y

adjective suffix \ē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, & New England, often i but not shown at individual entries\

: full or having a lot of something

: having the qualities of something : made of or seeming to be made of something

: resembling something

Full Definition of -Y

1
a :  characterized by :  full of <blossomy> <dirty> <muddy> <clayey>
b :  having the character of :  composed of <icy> <waxy>
c :  like :  like that of <homey> <wintry> —often with a disparaging connotation <stagy>
2
a :  tending or inclined to <sleepy> <chatty>
b :  giving occasion for (specified) action <teary>
c :  performing (specified) action <curly>

Variants of -Y

-y also -ey \ē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, & New England, often i but not shown at individual entries\

Origin of -Y

Middle English, from Old English -ig; akin to Old High German -īg -y, Latin -icus, Greek -ikos, Sanskrit -ika

2-y

noun suffix \same\
plural -ies

Definition of -Y

1
:  state :  condition :  quality <beggary>
2
:  activity, place of business, or goods dealt with <chandlery> <laundry>
3
:  whole body or group <soldiery>

Origin of -Y

Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ia, from Greek -ia, -eia

3-y

noun suffix
plural -ies

Definition of -Y

:  instance of a (specified) action <entreaty> <inquiry>

Origin of -Y

Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ium

4-y

Definition of -Y

see -ie

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