Ⅰ.-y  ► SUFFIX forming adjectives: 1) full of; having the quality of: messy. 2) inclined to; apt to: sticky.ORIGIN Old English.Ⅱ.-y  (also -ey or -ie) ► SUFFIX 1) forming diminutive nouns, pet names, etc.: granny. 2) forming verbs: shinny.ORIGIN Scots.Ⅲ.-y  ► SUFFIX forming nouns: 1) referring to a state or quality: jealousy. 2) referring to an action or its result: victory.ORIGIN from Latin -ia, -ium or Greek -eia, -ia.
English terms dictionary. 2015.