a noun suffix having a diminutive or pejorative force: wastrel.

Also -erel.

Origin of -rel

Middle English < Old French -erel, -erelle
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British Dictionary definitions for -rel


suffix forming nouns

mainly disparaging indicating a person or thing viewed as diminutive, trivial, or worthlessmongrel; wastrel
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Word Origin and History for -rel

also -erel, diminutive or deprecatory word-forming element, in some cases from Old French -erel (Modern French -ereau) or -erelle, but mostly used with native stems.

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