-gate

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Back-formation from Watergate.

Suffix[edit]

-gate

  1. Combined with keywords to form the names of scandals.
    • 2009 June 22, Phillip Coorey and Annabel Crabb, in Sydney Morning Herald:
      The Australian Federal Police revealed this afternoon that the email that sparked the so-called Utegate controversy was faked.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Many of these terms are short-lived and few have long-lasting currency.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English geat.

Suffix[edit]

-gate

  1. Used to form place names.
Derived terms[edit]

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English -gate, from Watergate.

Suffix[edit]

-gate

  1. -gate (forming names of scandals)
    • 2012, ‘Up & Down’, Grazia, 8 Jun 2012:
      C'est un quasi «currygate» qu'a provoqué Kim en confessant son dégoût de la nourriture indienne.
      Kim Kardashian triggered a virtual ‘currygate’ by confessing her dislike of Indian food.