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Sy

[sahy] /saɪ/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Seymour, Simon, or Silas.

sy-

1.
variant of syn- before s followed by a consonant and before z: systaltic; syzygy.

-sy

1.
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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  • Therefore oy and Sy, seeing they are proportionall to the same yu, are equall.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Sy wiped the perspiration from a dripping brow and spoke boldly.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • They finished a goblet of wine, and Sy suggested they move on to a place he knew.

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

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • Sy hurriedly thrust a bulging pouch of gold into Loor's hand.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
British Dictionary definitions for Sy

sy

abbreviation
1.
Syrian Arab Republic

SY

abbreviation
1.
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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