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.
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 -é, -ée, endings forming feminine past participle of verbs ending in -er. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps a variation on -ie and -y (Wiktionary)