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-ie

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

Variant spelling of -y.

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ie

  1. Forming diminutive or affectionate forms of nouns or names.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl:
      "Polly, I wish you 'd let me call you Marie," said Fanny one day, as they were shopping together.
      "You may call me Mary, if you like; but I won't have any ie put on to my name. I'm Polly at home and I'm fond of being called so; but Marie is Frenchified and silly."
      "I spell my own name with an ie, and so do all the girls."
      "And what a jumble of Netties, Nellies, Hatties, and Sallies there is. How 'Pollie' would look spelt so!"
    dear -> dearie
    sweet -> sweetie
    smile -> smilie (also smiley)
    Catherine -> Cathie (also Cathi, Cathy); Katherine -> Kathie (also Kathi, Kathy)
    Bill -> Billie (also Billi, Billy)
  2. (occasionally sometimes derogatory) Forming colloquial nouns signifying the person associated with suffixed noun or verb.
    bike -> bikie
    road -> roadie
    surf -> surfie
    town -> townie

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Afrikaans

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Dutch -je.

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ie (plural -ies)

  1. Forms a diminutive noun

Usage notes

  • The suffix -ie is used in nouns that end in -b, -f, -g, -k, -p, -s. Nouns ending in other sounds use one of the alternative forms above.

Czech

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ie f

  1. A suffix denoting a branch of science or study, similar to -ics.

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Derived terms

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Dutch

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch -ie, ultimately from Latin -ia.

Suffix

-ie f

  1. A variant of -ij
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Ultimately from Latin -i?.

Suffix

-ie f

  1. -ion, -y
Derived terms

Etymology 3

An alteration of je in popular speech.

Suffix

-ie n

  1. (Netherlands, informal) A variant of -je, a suffix forming diminutive nouns.
Derived terms

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin -ia, a suffix used to create abstract nouns, and from Ancient Greek - (-ía), - (-eia).

Suffix

-ie

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

Derived terms


Latin

Suffix

-ie

  1. vocative masculine singular of -ius

Middle English

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Old French -ie, from Latin -ia.

Alternative forms

Suffix

-ie

  1. A suffix designating abstract or collective nouns, typically of French or Latin origin.
Derived terms
Nouns formed with -ie
Descendants
  • English: -y, -ie

References

Etymology 2

Suffix

-ie

  1. Alternative form of -y

Etymology 3

Suffix

-ie

  1. Alternative form of -yf

Middle French

Suffix

-ie

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

Derived terms

Descendants


Middle High German

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French -ie, from Latin -ia.

Suffix

-?e f

  1. used to create female abstract nouns

Descendants

  • German: -ei
  • Yiddish: (-ay)

Old French

Etymology

From Latin -ia; compare -erie.

Suffix

-ie

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Middle French: -ie
  • Middle High German: -ie
  • Middle English: -ie



Polish

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ie

  1. Forms adverbs from adjectives
    wybitny + ‎-ie -> ‎wybitnie

See also

Derived terms


Romanian

Etymology

Probably from Latin -?lia, neuter plural of -?lis. Less likely from Latin -ia. Compare Aromanian -ilji, -ilje.

Pronunciation

Suffix

-ie f (plural -ii)

  1. Used with a stem to create a (usually abstract) noun relating to it; can be compared to -ship, -hood, -ness, -ity, etc.

Declension

Derived terms

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