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English

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Etymology 1

From Old English -ig, from Germanic

Suffix

-y

  1. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning "having the quality of".
    messmessy
    mousemousey, mousy
  2. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
    runrunny
    sticksticky
Translations

Note: translations of English words ending in -y do not necessarily end in the suffixes listed below.

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Etymology 2

From Middle English, originally Scots

Suffix

-y

  1. Forming diminutive nouns
    granny
    Dicky
Translations

Note: translations of English words ending in -y do not necessarily end in the suffixes listed below.

Etymology 3

From French -ie and -e, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] -ia, -ium, -tas, Ancient Greek -ία

Suffix

-y

  1. Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.
    modestmodesty
    honesthonesty
    -nym-nymy (as in toponymtoponymy)
    -logue-logy (as in analogueanalogy)
Translations

Note: translations of English words ending in -y do not necessarily end in the suffixes listed below.


Finnish

Suffix

-y (with front vowel harmony)

  1. Front vowel form of the deverbal suffix -u.

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