Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Characterized by; consisting of: clayey.
  • suffix Like: summery.
  • suffix To some degree; somewhat; rather: chilly.
  • suffix Tending toward; inclined toward: sleepy.
  • suffix Condition; state; quality: jealousy.
  • suffix Activity: cookery.
  • suffix Instance of a specified action: entreaty.
  • suffix Place for an activity: cannery.
  • suffix Result or product of an activity: laundry.
  • suffix Collection; body; group: soldiery.
  • suffix Small one: doggy.
  • suffix Dear one: sweetie.
  • suffix One having to do with or characterized by: townie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning "having the quality of".
  • suffix Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
  • suffix Variation of -ie added to nouns, adjectives and names to form terms of affection.
  • suffix Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names.
  • suffix Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.
  • suffix Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English -ig.
Middle English -ie, from Old French, from Latin -ia. Sense 2b, ultimately from Latin -ium.
Middle English -ie, -y.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English -y, -i, from Old English -iġ ("-y, -ic", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-īgaz (“-y, -ic”), from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos (“-y, -ic”). Cognate with Scots -ie ("-y"), West Frisian -ich ("-y"), Dutch -ig ("-y"), Low German -ig ("-y"), German -ig ("-y"), Swedish -ig ("-y"), Latin -icus ("-y, -ic"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English and Scots (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman and Middle French -ie and -e, from Latin -ia, -ium, -tas, Ancient Greek -ία. Cognate (as far as Latin -ia is involved) with German -ei and Dutch -ij. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An hour and a half of stand-up and about 40 minutes of my sh---y band, he says.

    Eddie Murphy in Rolling Stone: No More Kid Films, A Beverly Hills Cop TV Show?

  • Sorry, with its -y suffix—meaning “full of” but also used to form pet names—seems more colloquial than regret.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • I know hockey coaches love to add a -y to the end of players' names, so I figured maybe he was referring to some player named Hinkshaw that i didn't know.

    NY Daily News

  • "Let's bring these people to Radio Sh---y Music Hall tomorrow night and have a f---ing party," Sheen declared at his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour in

    NY Daily News

  • Al Green -y organ fills and the way Hamilton sings against the snap of the drums, as though the music all around him was a voice telling him what he doesn't want to hear: that the writing is on the wall, that the love affair is over.

    News

  • Truly I can, not all the time, but I can take joy at really sh---y situations.

    NYDN Rss

  • If you've been doing more and more browsing on your phone, then you've likely become used to having almost no "chrome," far more visual tab management, and a more immersive, less "desktop"-y, more manual browsing experience.

    Site Home

  • Walking into Sonar to escape the late-afternoon heat, Pulling Teeth at first felt like a comforting throwback - the kind of late-'90s Converge -y metallic hardcore that popped up a lot in my high-school years.

    News

  • "Anything that lived a sh---y life isn't going to give you as many nutrients as something that lived off the land and wasn't given antibiotics."

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • The rest of them are a somehow less creative form of hockey nicknames, which are generally just variants of the person's last name ending in -s, -ie -y or -er.

    chron.com Chronicle

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