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  • suffix obsolete, no longer productive A suffix found in words of Middle English, Old English, and Proto-Germanic origin; occurring simultaneously in other Germanic languages, usually with an intensive or frequentative effect.

Etymologies

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From Middle English -ken, -kien, from Old English -cian, from Proto-Germanic *-kōnan. Cognate with West Frisian -kje, German -chen, Danish -ke, Swedish -ka. Perhaps related to Old English diminutive suffix -uc, -oc. More at -ock.

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