-ie

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English

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Variant spelling of -y.

Pronunciation

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Suffix

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-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!"
    deardearie
    sweetsweetie
    smilesmilie (also smiley)
    CatherineCathie (also Cathi, Cathy); KatherineKathie (also Kathi, Kathy)
    BillBillie (also Billi, Billy)
  2. (occasionally derogatory) Forming colloquial nouns signifying the person associated with suffixed noun or verb.
    bikebikie
    roadroadie
    surfsurfie
    towntownie
  3. Obsolete spelling of -y.

Usage notes

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The -ie spelling is more common than -y when used to create words for people. Thus hippie is preferred over hippy.

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Anagrams

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Afrikaans

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Dutch -je.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /i/
  • Audio:(file)

Suffix

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-ie (plural -ies)

  1. Forms a diminutive noun

Usage notes

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  • 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

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-ie f (noun-forming suffix)

  1. a suffix denoting a branch of science or study, similar to -ics
    Synonym: -ika

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Dutch

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Etymology 1

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

Suffix

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-ie f

  1. A variant of -ij
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Etymology 2

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Ultimately from Latin -iō.

Suffix

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-ie f

  1. -ion, -y
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Etymology 3

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An alteration of je in popular speech.

Suffix

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-ie n

  1. (Netherlands, informal) A variant of -je, a suffix forming diminutive nouns and informal adjectives.
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French

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Etymology

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

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Suffix

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-ie f (plural -ies)

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

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Further reading

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Latin

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. vocative masculine singular of -ius

Middle English

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Etymology 1

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

Alternative forms

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Suffix

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-ie

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

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Etymology 2

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. Alternative form of -y

Etymology 3

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. Alternative form of -yf

Middle French

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

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Middle High German

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Etymology

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

Suffix

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-īe f

  1. used to create female abstract nouns

Descendants

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Old English

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. Alternative form of -iġe

Old French

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Etymology

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From Latin -ia; compare -erie.

Suffix

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-ie

  1. indicates a feminine noun, often an abstract one

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Descendants

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

Old Polish

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Suffix

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-ie

  1. forms adverbs from adjectives
    niewymowny + ‎-ie → ‎niewymownie

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Polish

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Alternative forms

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /jɛ/
  • Rhymes:
  • Syllabification: ie

Suffix

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-ie

  1. forms adverbs from adjectives
    wybitny + ‎-ie → ‎wybitnie

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Romanian

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Etymology

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Probably from Latin -īlia, neuter plural of -īlis. Less likely from Latin -ia. Compare Aromanian -ilji, -ilje.

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-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.

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Scots

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Middle English -y, from Old English -iġ, from Proto-West Germanic *-g.

Suffix

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-ie

  1. Designates an adjective, in many cases formed by being appended to a noun.

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