- a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force: dazzle; twinkle.
- a suffix of adjectives formed originally on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”: brittle.
- a noun suffix having originally a diminutive meaning: bramble.
- a noun suffix indicating agent or instrument: beadle; bridle; thimble.
Origin of -le
Middle English -len, Old English -lian (v.); Middle English -el, Old English -ol (adj.); Middle English -el, Old English -il (diminutive); Middle English -el, Old English -ol, -ul (agent)
- left end.
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When Le Moyne came home at six o'clock, he found her waiting for him in the hall.
Only about the hospital—but Le Moyne had kept the note, treasured it!
Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.
Le Moyne moved quietly into the shadow of the church and watched the car go by.
But standing on the wooden doorstep of the little house was Le Moyne.
- lupus erythematosus
- denoting repeated or continuous action, often of a diminutive naturetwiddle; wriggle; wrestle
from Middle English -len, Old English -lian, with similar significance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- lower extremity
- lupus erythematosus
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