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-le1

suffix

1Forming names of appliances or instruments: bridle thimble
2Forming names of animals and plants: beetle

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin.

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-le2

(also -el)

suffix

Forming nouns having or originally having a diminutive sense: mantle battle castle

Origin

Middle English -el, -elle, partly from Old English and partly from Old French (based on Latin forms).

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-le3

suffix

(Forming adjectives from an original verb) apt to; liable to: brittle nimble

Origin

Middle English: from earlier -el, of Germanic origin.

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-le4

suffix

Forming verbs, chiefly those expressing repeated action or movement (as in babble, dazzle), or having diminutive sense (as in nestle).

Origin

Old English -lian, of Germanic origin.

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