- a suffix forming adjectival derivatives of place names, especially countries or cities; frequently used nominally to denote the inhabitants of the place or their language: Faroese; Japanese; Vietnamese; Viennese. By analogy with such language names, -ese occurs in coinages denoting in a disparaging, often facetious way a characteristic jargon, style, or accent: Brooklynese; bureaucratese; journalese; computerese.
Origin of -ese
probably orig. < Italian -ese, later representing Spanish, Portuguese -es, French -ais, -ois, all < Latin -ēnsem -ensis
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Examples from the Web for ese
Ese he tell me you savvy, he tell me you no mind, tell me you love me too much.Island Nights' Entertainments
Robert Louis Stevenson
And yif ou maist shewe me at euer any mortal man ha 840 receyued any of ese inges to ben his in propre.
Un I is bin say: 'Wut noung gal gwan do wit' ole Chris'mus' cep' 'e do 'joy 'ese'f?'
E mek 'e bed wid 'e long tail, un 'e is 'tretch 'ese'f out at 'e lenk. '
E moof 'way off by 'ese'f; 'e lose 'e fat, un 'e heer is bin-a come out.
- indicating place of origin, language, or styleCantonese; Japanese; journalese
Word Origin and History for ese
word-forming element from Old French -eis (Modern French -ois, -ais), from Vulgar Latin, from Latin -ensem, -ensis "belonging to" or "originating in."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper