There are 3 main definitions of -y in English:

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-y 1

Pronunciation: /ē/

suffix

Forming adjectives.
1(From nouns and adjectives) full of; having the quality of: messy milky mousy
1.1With depreciatory reference: boozy tinny
2(From verbs) inclined to; apt to: sticky

Origin

Old English -ig, of Germanic origin.

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There are 3 main definitions of -y in English:

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-y 2

Pronunciation: /ē/
(also -ey or -ie)

suffix

1.1Forming verbs: shinny

Origin

Middle English: originally Scots.

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There are 3 main definitions of -y in English:

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-y 3

Pronunciation: /ē/

suffix

Forming nouns:
1Denoting a state, condition, or quality: glory jealousy orthodoxy
2Denoting an action or its result: blasphemy victory

Origin

From French -ie, from Latin -ia, -ium, or Greek -eia, -ia.

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