Sy

[ sahy ]
/ saɪ /
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noun

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

Definition for sy (2 of 3)

sy-


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

Definition for sy (3 of 3)

-sy


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
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British Dictionary definitions for sy (1 of 2)

sy


the internet domain name for

Syrian Arab Republic

British Dictionary definitions for sy (2 of 2)

SY


abbreviation for

Seychelles (international car registration)
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