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  1. a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force: dazzle; twinkle.
  2. a suffix of adjectives formed originally on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”: brittle.
  3. a noun suffix having originally a diminutive meaning: bramble.
  4. 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)

l.e.

Football.
  1. left end.
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  • When Le Moyne came home at six o'clock, he found her waiting for him in the hall.

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  • Only about the hospital—but Le Moyne had kept the note, treasured it!

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  • Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.

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  • Le Moyne moved quietly into the shadow of the church and watched the car go by.

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  • But standing on the wooden doorstep of the little house was Le Moyne.

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British Dictionary definitions for le

LE

abbreviation for
  1. lupus erythematosus

-le

suffix forming verbs
  1. denoting repeated or continuous action, often of a diminutive naturetwiddle; wriggle; wrestle

Word Origin

from Middle English -len, Old English -lian, with similar significance
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le in Medicine

LE

abbr.
  1. lower extremity
  2. lupus erythematosus
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