1

y

play
noun, often capitalized often attributive \ˈwī\

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 in a sentence

  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


2

Y

symbol

Definition of Y

  1. yttrium


1

-y

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

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

less commonly

-ey

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

Origin and Etymology 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 and Etymology of -y

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


3

-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y

plural

-ies

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

Origin and Etymology of -y

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


4

-y

Definition of -y

  1. see -ie



Y Defined for English Language Learners

1

y

play
noun, often capitalized often attributive \ˈwī\

Definition of y for English Language Learners

  • : 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


1

-y

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

Definition of -y for English Language Learners

  • : full or having a lot of something

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

  • : resembling something


Y Defined for Kids

noun , often cap \ˈwī\

Definition of y for Students

plural

y's

or

ys

\ˈwīz\
  1. :  the 25th letter of the English alphabet


1

-y

adjective suffix \ē\

Definition of -y for Students

-ier

-iest

  1. 1 :  showing, full of, or made of <dirty> <muddy> <icy>

  2. 2 :  like <wintry>

  3. 3 :  devoted to :  enthusiastic about

  4. 4 :  tending to <sleepy>

  5. 5 :  somewhat :  rather <chilly>

Variants of -y

also

-ey

\ē\

2

-y

noun suffix \ē\

Definition of -y for Students

plural

-ies

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

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

  3. 3 :  whole body or group


3

-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y for Students

plural

-ies

  1. :  occasion or example of a specified action <entreaty> <inquiry>


4

-y

Definition of -y for Students

  1. see -ie


Medical Dictionary

Y

symbol

Medical Definition of Y

  1. yttrium


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