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a combining form extracted from placenames ending in -ville, used in the coinage of informal nonce words, usually pejorative, that characterize a place, person, group, or situation (dullsville; disasterville; Mediaville) or that name a condition (embarrassmentville; gloomsville).

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Origin of -ville

Ultimately from French ville “city”; see bidonville
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-ville

n and adj combining form

slang, mainly US (denoting) a place, condition, or quality with a character as specifieddragsville; squaresville
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