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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. and -y1. or -y2. in certain words (antsy; gutsy) should perhaps be considered further instances of this suffix.
Origin of -sy
perhaps orig. two distinct suffixes, one diminutive (as in Betsy, popsy, tootsy) and the other adjectival; sources of both are uncertain Unabridged
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  1. used to form adjectives Having the quality indicated: comfy/ creepy/ swanky
  2. used to form nouns
  3. Diminutive, affectionate, or familiar versions of what is indicated: auntie/ cubby/ thingy/ tootsie/ folksy
  4. Coming from the place or background indicated: Arky/ Okie/ Yalie
  5. A person of the sort indicated: weirdie/ hippy/ sharpy


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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