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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

-ola

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

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