a suffix forming nouns or adjectives, sometimes a diminutive of the base word and usually confined to informal and jocular use (bitsy; footsie; halvsies
); adjectives formed with -sy,
may be ironic, implying that the quality in question is self-consciously assumed or feigned (artsy; cutesy; folksy
). The combination of -s3.
in certain words (antsy; gutsy
) should perhaps be considered further instances of this suffix.