- variant of syn- before s followed by a consonant and before z: systaltic; syzygy.
- a suffix forming nouns or adjectives, sometimes a diminutive of the base word and usually confined to informal and jocular use (bitsy; footsie; halvsies); adjectives formed with -sy may be ironic, implying that the quality in question is self-consciously assumed or feigned (artsy; cutesy; folksy). The combination of -s3 and -y1 or -y2 in certain words (antsy; gutsy) should perhaps be considered further instances of this suffix.
Origin of -sy
perhaps orig. two distinct suffixes, one diminutive (as in Betsy, popsy, tootsy) and the other adjectival; sources of both are uncertain
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Examples from the Web for sy
R. Kelly expands on his love of the female body in “Marry the P**sy,” in which he serenades well, you know.
From the first verse, it is clear he is not actually talking about eating Oreos: “Then I beat the p**sy ‘til it’s blue.”
But Sy, the fourth child, was always mischievous, curious, and made people laugh.
Sy has been the guy in the ghetto, but he has also defied expectations.
She shot the breeze with him as if they were long-lost pals, but Sy was a little leery at first.
Therefore oy and sy, seeing they are proportionall to the same yu, are equall.The Way To Geometry
They finished a goblet of wine, and Sy suggested they move on to a place he knew.
"It's just around the next corner, slimehead," Sy assured him.
Sy wiped the perspiration from a dripping brow and spoke boldly.
Sy leaped from the throne and fairly threw Arna into its confines.
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Seychelles (international car registration)
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