bile-

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See also: bile, bilé, bílé, and -bile

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bili-(prefix), *biliz(gentle, kind, fitting), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰil-(decent, good, harmonious, friendly). Cognate with Old Saxon bili-(uniform), Old High German bili-(suitable, proper, fit), Ancient Greek φίλο-(phílo-, friendly, kind, love of). More at philosophy.

Prefix[edit]

bile-

  1. Prefix denoting kindness or appropriateness
    bile- + ‎witt(mind, understanding, sense, sanity) → ‎bilewit(merciful, kind)
    bile- + ‎hwīt(white) → ‎bilehwīt(pure, honest, sincere)