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[sahy] /saɪ/
a male given name, form of Seymour, Simon, or Silas.


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 Unabridged
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  • I Sy, we shall have to stop, if he will keep on listening that wy.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • Therefore oy and Sy, seeing they are proportionall to the same yu, are equall.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Sy leaped from the throne and fairly threw Arna into its confines.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • "It's just around the next corner, slimehead," Sy assured him.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • I Sy, there's veal an' 'am, an' pork wine at the back for them as wants it; I 'eard the word passed.

British Dictionary definitions for Sy


Syrian Arab Republic


Seychelles (international car registration)
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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