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Etymology 1[edit]

From Euphemia + -ie (diminutive form), or, very rarely, from modern Greek Eftychia or Euthemia (diminutive form).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A diminutive of the female given name Euphemia, also used as a formal given name in the 19th century.
    • 1857 J. T. Bickford, Scandal, Shepard, Clark, and Brown 1857, page 82:
      "Yes, little wild flower - I shall call you that, unless your name sounds like you. What is it, dear?"
      "Effie Malie."
      "That is charming; now, Effie Malie, sit down upon this mossy bank with me, []

Etymology 2[edit]

effective +‎ -ie


Effie (plural Effies)

  1. (marketing) An annual award given for effective marketing.
    • 1982, Advertising Age Yearbook
      Grey Advertising won gold Effies for General Foods' Dream Whip and Swift's Sizzlean, and a pair of gold Effies went to Ally & Gargano for MCI Telecommunications and Pentax.