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a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.:
archery; bakery; cutlery; fishery; trickery; witchery.
Origin of -ery
Middle English < Old French -erie, equivalent to -ier -er2 + -ie -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ery


indicating a place of business or some other activity: bakery, brewery, refinery
indicating a class or collection of things: cutlery, greenery
indicating qualities or actions collectively: snobbery, trickery
indicating a practice or occupation: husbandry
indicating a state or condition: slavery
Word Origin
from Old French -erie; see -er1, -y³
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Word Origin and History for -ery

word-forming element making nouns meaning "place for, art of, condition of, quantity of," from Middle English -erie, from Latin -arius.

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Slang definitions & phrases for -ery



  1. used to form nouns
  2. Place or establishment where the indicated thing is used, done, sold, etc: boozery/ eatery/ minkery (1920s+)
  3. The collectivity or an instance of what is indicated: claptrappery/ jerkery
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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