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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-sy

Forming nouns and adjectives.

[Origin uncertain, perhaps a combination of -s1 and -y2.]

This ending is added to proper names to provide an affectionate version: Betsy, Patsy, Topsy. It can also be added to a variety of nouns, such as antsy, ballsy, gutsy, popsy, footsie, and tootsy. Some adjectives suggest smallness: eensy (and eensy-weensy), itsy-bitsy, teensy (and teensy-weensy). Other adjectives have a dismissive or contemptuous sense: artsy-fartsy, bitsy, booksy, cutesy, folksy, mumsy, newsy, rootsy. Occasionally, the spelling is -zy, as in ditzy.

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