Definitions

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

  • suffix One that receives or benefits from a specified action: addressee.
  • suffix One that possesses a specified thing: mortgagee.
  • suffix One that performs a specified action: absentee.
  • suffix One resembling: goatee.
  • suffix A particular, especially a diminutive kind of: bootee.
  • suffix One connected with: bargee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Added to verbs to form words meaning a person or thing that is the object of that verb (ie, to whom or to which an action is done).
  • suffix Less commonly added to verbs to form words meaning a person or thing that is the subject of that verb (ie, who or that does an action), especially where a passive sense of the verb is implied.
  • suffix Used to form words meaning a person who is the other party to a contract involving a person described by the corresponding word ending in -or
  • suffix Used to form words meaning a person who has undergone a particular medical procedure
  • suffix Irregularly added to nouns to mean a person somehow associated with the object denoted by the noun.
  • suffix Used to form diminutives.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix used, chiefly in law terms, in a passive signification, to indicate the direct or indirect object of an action, or the one to whom an act is done or on whom a right is conferred; as in assignee, donee, alienee, grantee, etc. It is correlative to -or, the agent or doer.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French -e, -ee, past participle suff., from Latin -ātus; see -ate1.
Variant of -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman and Old French -ee, French , -ée, endings forming feminine past participle of verbs ending in -er. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps a variation on -ie and -y (Wiktionary)

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