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a suffix of numerals denoting multiples of ten:
twenty; thirty.
Origin of -ty1
Middle English; Old English -tig; cognate with Old Frisian -tich, German -zig, Old Norse -tigr, Gothic -tigjus


a suffix occurring in nouns of Latin origin, denoting quality, state, etc.:
unity; enmity.
Middle English -te(e) < Old French -te(t) < Latin -tātem, accusative of -tās


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  • Then, as no one else spoke, I sez: All we want is just the woman and whats left o your outfit, ty.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • If theres any exception to that rule at all, its ty Cobb of Detroit.

  • For a capital Crime, every one in the Regiment is ordered to peck him as he's ty'd to a Post, till he dies.

    A Voyage to Cacklogallinia Captain Samuel Brunt
  • They suit me all right, growls ty, except that theyre too blame clumsy.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • ty has a long head on him, and generally knows what he's doing.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for ty


denoting a multiple of ten: sixty, seventy
Word Origin
from Old English -tigten


indicating state, condition, or quality: cruelty
Word Origin
from Old French -te, -tet, from Latin -tās, -tāt-; related to Greek -tēs
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Word Origin and History for ty


suffix representing "ten" in cardinal numbers that are multiples of ten (sixty, seventy, etc.), from Old English -tig, from a Germanic root (cf. Dutch -tig, Old Frisian -tich, Old Norse -tigr, Old High German -zug, German -zig) that existed as a distinct word in Gothic (tigjus) and Old Norse (tigir) meaning "tens, decades." Cf. tithe (n.).

English, like many other Germanic languages, retains traces of a base-12 number system. The most obvious instance is eleven and twelve which ought to be the first two numbers of the "teens" series. Their Old English forms, enleofan and twel(eo)f(an), are more transparent: "leave one" and "leave two."

Old English also had hund endleofantig for "110" and hund twelftig for "120." One hundred was hund teantig. The -tig formation ran through 12 cycles, and could have bequeathed us numbers *eleventy ("110") and *twelfty ("120") had it endured, but already during the Anglo-Saxon period it was being obscured.

Old Norse used hundrað for "120" and þusend for "1,200." Tvauhundrað was "240" and þriuhundrað was "360." Older Germanic legal texts distinguished a "common hundred" (100) from a "great hundred" (120). This duodecimal system, according to one authority, is "perhaps due to contact with Babylonia."

suffix used in forming abstract nouns from adjectives (safety, surety, etc.), Middle English -tie, -te, from Old French -te, from Latin -tatem (nominative -tas, genitive -tatis), cognate with Greek -tes, Sanskrit -tati-. Also cf. -ity.

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