Origin of -ee
British Dictionary definitions for -ee
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ee
Word Origin and History for -ee
word-forming element in legal English (and in imitation of it), representing the Anglo-French -é ending of pps. used as nouns. As these sometimes were coupled with agent nouns in -or, the two suffixes came to be used as a pair to denote the initiator and the recipient of an action.