a male given name, form of Seymour, Simon, or Silas.


variant of syn- before s followed by a consonant and before z: systaltic; syzygy.


a suffix forming nouns or adjectives, sometimes a diminutive of the base word and usually confined to informal and jocular use (bitsy; footsie; halvsies); adjectives formed with -sy may be ironic, implying that the quality in question is self-consciously assumed or feigned (artsy; cutesy; folksy). The combination of -s3 and -y1 or -y2 in certain words (antsy; gutsy) should perhaps be considered further instances of this suffix.

Origin of -sy

perhaps orig. two distinct suffixes, one diminutive (as in Betsy, popsy, tootsy) and the other adjectival; sources of both are uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sy

Contemporary Examples of sy

Historical Examples of sy

  • Therefore oy and sy, seeing they are proportionall to the same yu, are equall.

  • They finished a goblet of wine, and Sy suggested they move on to a place he knew.

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

  • "It's just around the next corner, slimehead," Sy assured him.

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

  • Sy wiped the perspiration from a dripping brow and spoke boldly.

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

  • Sy leaped from the throne and fairly threw Arna into its confines.

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

British Dictionary definitions for sy


the internet domain name for

Syrian Arab Republic


abbreviation for

Seychelles (international car registration)
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