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a formative of no precise significance found in a variety of commercial coinages (Crayola; granola; Victrola) and jocular variations of words (crapola).
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).
Origin of -ola
apparently < Italian or Latin -ola diminutive suffix; see -ole1, -ule Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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!

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  • "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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ola



used to form nouns An emphatic instance or humorous version of what is indicated: buckola/ crapola/ schnozzola

[1940s+; probably modeled on Pianola2 and Victrola2 , both found by 1905; -ola compounds proliferated after the Charles Van Doren payola scandal of 1959; -ola compounds, numbering about 40, offer no real semantic core]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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