- cycle; cycles.
- a male given name, form of Cyrus.
- calendar year.
- a suffix used to form abstract nouns from adjectives with stems in -t, -te, -tic, and especially -nt (democracy; accuracy; expediency; stagnancy; lunacy), and sometimes used to form action nouns (vacancy; occupancy).
- a suffix of nouns denoting rank or office, sometimes attached to the stem of a word rather than to the word itself: captaincy; magistracy.
Origin of -cy
- Andrew (Jackson, Jr.),born 1932, U.S. clergyman, civil-rights leader, politician, and diplomat: mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1981–89.
- Art(hur Henry),1866–1944, U.S. cartoonist and author.
- Brigham,1801–77, U.S. leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Charles,1864–1922, U.S. army colonel: highest-ranking black officer in World War I.
- Denton T.Cy, 1867–1955, U.S. baseball player.
- Edward,1683–1765, English poet.
- Ella,1867–1956, Irish poet and mythologist in the U.S.
- Lester WillisPresPrez, 1909–59, U.S. jazz tenor saxophonist.
- Owen D.,1874–1962, U.S. lawyer, industrialist, government administrator, and financier.
- Stark,1881–1963, U.S. drama critic, novelist, and playwright.
- Thomas,1773–1829, English physician, physicist, mathematician, and Egyptologist.
- Whitney M., Jr.,1921–71, U.S. social worker and educator: executive director of the National Urban League 1961–71.
Related Words for cyCY
Examples from the Web for cy
Contemporary Examples of cy
Cy Twombly, who died yesterday in Rome, was in every way too big for modern art.Death of a Modernist Master
July 6, 2011
A month after meeting Stella, Castelli showed Cy Twombly, another Southerner like Rauschenberg and Johns.The Svengali of Pop Art
May 13, 2010
They are there, they sit there, these canvases by Cy Twombly that seem to be encrusted in the bricks of the walls.Treasures From the Pinault Collection
June 12, 2009
Historical Examples of cy
And now Captain Cy proceeded to, literally, astonish the natives.
Captain Cy explained Bailey's absence in characteristic fashion.
Captain Cy was surprised and a little disappointed apparently.
Captain Cy had been, throughout this scene, standing quietly by the table.
Captain Cy grinned broadly, and even Tad was obliged to smile.
- Cyprus (international car registration)
- (forming nouns from adjectives ending in -t, -tic, -te, and -nt) indicating state, quality, or conditionplutocracy; lunacy; intimacy; infancy
- (forming abstract nouns from other nouns) rank or officecaptaincy
Word Origin for -cy
- having lived, existed, or been made or known for a relatively short timea young man; a young movement; a young country
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the young
- youthful or having qualities associated with youth; vigorous or livelyshe's very young for her age
- of or relating to youthin my young days
- having been established or introduced for a relatively short timea young member
- in an early stage of progress or development; not far advancedthe day was young
- (of mountains) formed in the Alpine orogeny and still usually rugged in outline
- another term for youthful (def. 4)
- (often capital) of or relating to a rejuvenated group or movement or one claiming to represent the younger members of the population, esp one adhering to a political ideologyYoung England; Young Socialists
- (functioning as plural) offspring, esp young animalsa rabbit with her young
- with young (of animals) pregnant
Word Origin for young
- Brigham (ˈbrɪɡəm). 1801–77, US Mormon leader, who led the Mormon migration to Utah and founded Salt Lake City (1847)
- Edward. 1683–1765, English poet and dramatist, noted for his Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–45)
- Lester. 1909–59, US saxophonist and clarinetist. He was a leading early exponent of the tenor saxophone in jazz
- Neil (Percival). born 1945, Canadian rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His albums include Harvest (1972), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Ragged Glory (1990), and Prairie Wind (2005)
- Thomas. 1773–1829, English physicist, physician, and Egyptologist. He helped to establish the wave theory of light by his experiments on optical interference and assisted in the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
Word Origin and History for cy
"young animals collectively, offspring," late 15c., from young (adj.).
Old English geong "youthful, young," from Proto-Germanic *jungas (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian jung, Old Norse ungr, Middle Dutch jonc, Dutch jong, Old High German and German jung, Gothic juggs), from PIE *juwngkos, from PIE root *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (cf. Sanskrit yuva "young," Latin juvenis "young," Lithuanian jaunas, Old Church Slavonic junu, Russian junyj "young," Old Irish oac, Welsh ieuanc "young").
From c.1830-1850, Young France, Young Italy, etc., were loosely applied to "republican agitators" in various monarchies; also, especially in Young England, Young America, used generally for "typical young person of the nation." For Young Turk, see Turk.
- British biologist whose experiments with the giant nerve cells of squid contributed to the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of nerves.
- British physician and physicist who in 1801 postulated the three-color theory of color vision. Young also discovered (1801) astigmatism and described accommodation.
- British physicist and physician who is best known for his contributions to the wave theory of light and his discovery of how the lens of the human eye changes shape to focus on objects of different distances. He also studied surface tension and elasticity, and Young's modulus (a measure of the rigidity of materials) is named for him. He is also credited with the first scientific definition of the word energy.