-le


a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force: dazzle; twinkle.
a suffix of adjectives formed originally on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”: brittle.
a noun suffix having originally a diminutive meaning: bramble.
a noun suffix indicating agent or instrument: beadle; bridle; thimble.

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Origin of -le

Middle English -len,Old English -lian (v.); Middle English -el,Old English -ol (adj.); Middle English -el,Old English -il (diminutive); Middle English -el,Old English -ol, -ul (agent)

Words nearby -le

Definition for -le (2 of 2)

l.e.

Football.

left end.
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British Dictionary definitions for -le (1 of 2)

LE

abbreviation for

lupus erythematosus

British Dictionary definitions for -le (2 of 2)

-le

suffix forming verbs

denoting repeated or continuous action, often of a diminutive naturetwiddle; wriggle; wrestle

Word Origin for -le

from Middle English -len, Old English -lian, with similar significance
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Medical definitions for -le

LE

abbr.

lower extremity
lupus erythematosus
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