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y

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noun \ˈwī\

Simple Definition of y

  • : the 25th letter of the English alphabet

  • mathematics —used to represent especially a second unknown quantity

  • —used in the phrase x, y, and z to refer to the second thing in a group of three unnamed things

Full Definition of y

plural y's or ys play \ˈwīz\

  1. 1 a :  the 25th letter of the English alphabet b :  a graphic representation of this letter c :  a speech counterpart of orthographic y

  2. 2 :  a graphic device for reproducing the letter y

  3. 3 :  one designated y especially as the 25th in order or class or the second in order or class when x is made the first

  4. 4 :  something shaped like the letter Y

Examples of y

  1. a word that starts with a y

  2. a word that starts with y



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of y

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


2

y

abbreviation

Definition of y

  1. 1 yard

  2. 2 year




1

Y

play
noun \ˈwī\

Definition of Y

  1. 1 :  ymca

  2. 2 :  ywca



Circa 1915

First Known Use of y

circa 1915

Rhymes with y


2

Y

symbol

Definition of Y

  1. yttrium




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-y

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

Simple Definition of -y

  • : 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. 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. 2 a :  tending or inclined to <sleepy> <chatty> b :  giving occasion for (specified) action <teary> c :  performing (specified) action <curly>

Variants of -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\

Definition of -y

plural -ies

  1. 1 :  state :  condition :  quality <beggary>

  2. 2 :  activity, place of business, or goods dealt with <chandlery> <laundry>

  3. 3 :  whole body or group <soldiery>



Origin of -y

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


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-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y

plural -ies

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



Origin of -y

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


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-y

Definition of -y

  1. see -ie





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