a suffix of adjectives meaning `characterised by or inclined to' the substance or action of the word or stem to which the suffix is attached, as in juicy, dreamy, chilly.

Also, -ey. {Middle English, Old English -ig. Compare German -ig}
a hypocoristic suffix, the same as -ie, used colloquially:

1. (with nouns) as an endearment, or affectionately, especially with and among children: doggy, a dog; littly, a child.
2. (with nouns) as a familiar abbreviation: budgy, a budgerigar; conchy, conscientious, or a conscientious objector; mozzy, a mosquito.
3. (with adjectives) as a nominalisation: lefty, a left-handed person; cheapy, a cheap product.
4. (with adjectives) as a familiar abbreviation: comfy, exy, speccy.
Also, -ey, -ie. {Middle English; often through Scottish influence}
Usage: See note at -ie.
a suffix forming action nouns from verbs, as in inquiry, also found in other abstract nouns, as carpentry, infamy.

{representing Latin -ia, -ium, Greek -ia, -eia, -ion, French -ie, German -ie}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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