- that is.
Origin of i.e.
- Industrial Engineer.
- variant of -y2.
- a noun-forming suffix with a variety of functions in contemporary English, added to monosyllabic bases to create words that are almost always informal. Its earliest use, probably still productive, was to form endearing or familiar names or common nouns from personal names, other nouns, and adjectives (Billy; Susie; birdie; doggie; granny; sweetie; tummy). The hypocoristic feature is absent in recent coinages, however, which are simply informal and sometimes pejorative (boonies; cabby; groupie; hippy; looie; Okie; preemie; preppy; rookie). Another function of -y2 (-ie) is to form from adjectives nouns that denote exemplary or extreme instances of the quality named by the adjective (baddie; biggie; cheapie; toughie), sometimes focusing on a restricted, usually unfavorable sense of the adjective (sharpie; sickie; whitey). A few words in which the informal character of -y2 (-ie) has been lost are now standard in formal written English (goalie; movie).
Origin of -y2
Examples from the Web for ie
Possible Summer Happening: There will be a “Song of the Summer,” put out by a 19-year-old pop starlet whose name ends in -ie.Let’s Lay Out the Odds on Your Crazy Summer
Kelly Williams Brown
May 25, 2014
One-third of all Egyptians who work for wages (ie, excluding peasant farmers) work for the state, directly or indirectly.Welcome to the Free World, President Morsi
September 25, 2012
Maybe I just needed more time for IE to start feeling familiar.Can Microsoft Come Back? Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google
April 9, 2012
Which leaves... (3) "All instrumentalities of national power," ie, covert operations.Obama's Eye for an Eye: Jerusalem for No Iranian Nukes
March 5, 2012
Top of the agenda: the government (ie taxpayer) pumping $100bn into their balance sheets in return for a temporary equity stake.Iceland Crisis: Panic Spreads
October 7, 2008
Wherefore eo, and iu, are greater than ie, the parts than the whole.The Way To Geometry
"If the words are not too big, or silly ones where it's 'ei' or 'ie' and you have to guess," said Bud.Bud
For e, ie is written in sollie 160, o is e in sikerliche 187.
An infinitive form in -ie; as to sowie, to reapie,—Wiltshire.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Car arriuant en Picardie sur la fin d'Auril, ie n'y ay pas trouu la saison plus auance.
- Indo-European (languages)
- a variant of -y 2
- id est
- (from nouns) characterized by; consisting of; filled with; relating to; resemblingsunny; sandy; smoky; classy
- (from verbs) tending to; acting or existing as specifiedleaky; shiny
-ie or -ey
- denoting smallness and expressing affection and familiaritya doggy; a granny; Jamie
- a person or thing concerned with or characterized by beinga groupie; a fatty
- (from verbs) indicating the act of doing what is indicated by the verbal elementinquiry
- (esp with combining forms of Greek, Latin, or French origin) indicating state, condition, or qualitygeography; jealousy
Word Origin and History for ie
abbreviation of Latin id est, literally "that is;" used in English in the sense of "that is to say."
suffix in pet proper names (e.g. Johnny, Kitty), first recorded in Scottish, c.1400; became frequent in English 15c.-16c. Extension to surnames seems to date from c.1940. Use with common nouns seems to have begun in Scottish with laddie (1546) and become popular in English due to Burns' poems, but the same formation appears to be represented much earlier in baby and puppy.
adjective suffix, "full of or characterized by," from Old English -ig, from Proto-Germanic *-iga (cf. German -ig), cognate with Greek -ikos, Latin -icus.