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noun Informal.
  1. sister.

Origin of sis

1825–35, Americanism; shortened form; compare Dutch zus for zuster sister


  1. a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form from verbs abstract nouns of action, process, state, condition, etc.: thesis; aphesis.

Origin of -sis

From Greek
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  1. informal short for sister



  1. Southern African informal an exclamation of disgust

Word Origin

Afrikaans, possibly from Khoi


abbreviation for
  1. Also called: MI6 (in Britain) Secret Intelligence Service
  2. (in New Zealand) Security Intelligence Service
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Word Origin and History for sis


1650s, abbreviated form of sister; in American English, applied generally to girls and young women (1859). It also was the familiar short form of Cecilie, Cicely, a common name for girls in the Middle English period.


suffix in Greek-derived nouns denoting action, process, state, condition, from Greek -sis, which is identical in meaning with Latin -entia, English -ing (1).

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