-y [1] SUFFIX forming adjectives: 1) full of; having the quality of: messy. 2) inclined to; apt to: sticky.
ORIGIN Old English.
-y [2] (also -ey or -ie) SUFFIX 1) forming diminutive nouns, pet names, etc.: granny. 2) forming verbs: shinny.
-y [3] 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.

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