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  1. a formative of no precise significance found in a variety of commercial coinages (Crayola; granola; Victrola) and jocular variations of words (crapola).
  2. a suffix extracted from payola, used in coinages that have the general sense “bribery, especially covert payments to an entertainment figure in return for promoting a product, making an appearance, etc.” (playola; plugola).
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Origin of -ola

apparently < Italian or Latin -ola diminutive suffix; see -ole1, -ule
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  • "And I was thinking of naming it 'Ola'," declared Charley promptly.

  • Report of the Committee on Ola Hipsson's motion to remove the fences.

    The Red Room

    August Strindberg

  • Ola K. Black, of Norwegian birth, was one of the first settlers.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest

    William Henry Carman Folsom

  • Yes, to be sure, and Garters and Stomachers and Smocks,——but ola!

  • "Fair good voyage it's been, Captain," said Ola, resting on his oars.

    Dry Fish and Wet

    Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen

Word Origin and History for ola


commercial suffix, probably originally in pianola (q.v.).

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